Some say life is just one big game. In A Killing Game, presented by Dog and Pony DC, death has never been so much fun.
In a typical small, smiling American town, a mysterious disease has begun claiming the lives of dozens of innocent citizens. It’s up to the audience to figure out the murderous nature of the disease with the help of several actors assuming many different roles in a night of mystery, mayhem, and fun.
In this highly interactive theatrical piece, the audience becomes a part of the show as soon as each member enters the space. Spectators are handed an envelope with several special cards that serve as a guide for the show. Each card could contain anything-from a list of commands to a role that the card’s owner must assume during the show. One could be cast as anything as simple as a town citizen to a funeral director.
The show uses short acts called “rounds” to divide itself into different sections, a part of its game show nature. In each round, audiences must attempt to work together towards an explanation for the inexplicable disease that is hacking away at the town. Each round contains its own cast of hilarious characters that each hold a piece of the puzzle that ultimately results in a huge breakthrough in uncovering the truth. This is one show that demands a creative attitude and spirit. Constant audience interaction is not only demanded, it is necessary for the show to progress, with curveballs and surprises that make audiences members (literally!) jump out of their seats.
Without an open and friendly attitude, A Killing Game could feel less like a show and more like an hour of pulling teeth. It is not a show for the theatergoer who does not like to be “involved.” Yet if one enters A Killing Game with a willingness to have fun for about an hour, the show is sure to delight.
by Matthew Ruehlman