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The Speakeasy

Critically-acclaimed San Francisco theater; over $2M in tickets already sold

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The Speakeasy Review - In San Francisco you can truly go back in time to experience the freewheeling cabaret era of the 1920's | Splash Magazines | Detroit
June 21, 2017
The Speakeasy San Francisco , is a theater experience like no other. You are taken back to the time of Flappers, and Cabarets, during Prohibition's height. Like a fly-on-the-wall you experience all the Behind-the-Scene's drama and you're `In-Like-Flynn.' Make your reservation for The Speakeasy SF , online and further instructions will come by email telegram two days before your arrival.
Travel: 'Turning on' to San Francisco's arts scene
May 21, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO - I missed the Summer of Love.I graduated from high school in 1967, five months after Timothy Leary called upon 30,000 young people gathered at Golden Gate Park to "turn on, tune in, drop out." That was in January.
Speakeasy turning the clock back to 1923 in SF
May 21, 2017
It may be 2017 for most of us, but every Friday and Saturday night a secret spot in the Bay Area turns the clock back to 1923. Dozens of actors and 250 audience members live out the story of a night during prohibition when alcohol was outlawed and illegal saloons were everywhere.
Best Bars & Clubs - By sf-weekly-staff - SF Weekly
May 17, 2017
Best Place to Drink Before a Fillmore Concert The Social Study 1795 Geary Blvd., 415-292-7417 or The days of acid tests are over, which means the best you'll find by way of libations at the iconic Fillmore is a $14 plastic cup of beer.
This Speakeasy Lets You Go Back to the '20s - and Choose Your Own Adventure
April 10, 2017
On a wet Friday night in San Francisco, I shelter under a store awning, searching for a woman with a yellow umbrella. "Where can I get a good cup of joe?" I say when I find her. Code word approved, she directs me to a shadowy man who slips my cellphone into an envelope, seals it and returns it to me.
Poets Respond to 'The Speakeasy', A Unique, Ghostly, And Totally Immersive Theatrical Experience
April 1, 2017
by Charles Kruger. “The Speakeasy” is a theatrical experience of such depth that it takes poetry to do it justice.
Say The Magic Word | Joie de Vivre
March 16, 2017
We wish we could tell you where the insanely popular new immersive play The Speakeasy is playing, but then we'd have, we wouldn't have to kill you. But still, it's a secret, and we wouldn't spill the beans, even if we had them to spill.
Shh, Don't Tell: 'The Speakeasy' Returns to San Francisco
March 10, 2017
Turn down a dark alley in North Beach, say the right password to a man in a trench coat, and a secret world of dice games, blackjack and cabaret singers will appear.
The Speakeasy Review - Live Music, Strong Drinks, and Immersive Entertainment
February 5, 2017
The Speakeasy is truly a brilliant experience that should not be missed by any fans of immersive theater.
The Speakeasy in San Francisco - Nightlife | Frommer's
January 23, 2017
An extraordinary night out, The Speakeasy is both a time warp and a head trip.
Title III Crowdfunding For Real, Part II
January 17, 2017
"When we moved from private placement to crowdfunding, I thought it was going to be like going from retail to wholesale. "
A Voyeur's Playland
January 6, 2017
On the subterranean level of the supersecret North Beach address where Boxcar Theater is preparing to host The Speakeasy , the elaborate "immersive theater experience"-slash-cocktail lounge it's rebooting this winter, there's a wall of phones. Pick up one of the 16 vintage receivers, and suddenly you can eavesdrop on a conversation happening in the room next door.
The Bay Area Reporter Online | Vintage immersive experience
January 5, 2017
The experience has a way of glowing with increasing brightness after the fact as the marvel of this implausible enterprise can be pondered and appreciated.
Drama Talk & Drinks: The Speakeasy – “appreciate where you are in the moment”
December 24, 2016
The Verdict: Absolutely a must see. We didn’t think it was possible to like this show more than the first time we reviewed it, but this new space is amazing, the show is tighter and overall the experience is more impressive.
Review: 'The Speakeasy' (*****)
December 23, 2016
Looking for a spectacular last minute Christmas gift? Weren't able to win the lottery to buy tickets for "Hamilton?" Don't despair! Take the money you saved and invest in a ticket to "The Speakeasy."
'Speakeasy' hooch is several grades above bathtub gin
December 23, 2016
Cocktails aren’t mere backdrop in “The Speakeasy.” Instead, booze and the act of drinking it are at the absolute core of the show — both a theme in its narrative and an agent for audience immersion.
The secret's out; 'The Speakeasy' is delightful
December 23, 2016
“The Speakeasy” deserves to be a fixture in the Bay Area theater scene.
It's easy to see why The Speakeasy is the hottest ticket in town
December 21, 2016
This massive achievement is a must-see event...The acting is superb, the set historically accurate, the cabaret performers extraordinary.
'The Speakeasy' Remains An Unpredictable, Immersive Delight In Its New North Beach Digs
December 20, 2016
The first entry point for The Speakeasy is Jack Kerouac Alley, the narrow walking street between Vesuvio and City Lights Books named for an American writer who was himself born too late to have ever had to drink in secret during Prohibition.
Inside the City's Most Beloved Not-So-Secret Gin Joint
December 20, 2016
Calling all daddies and dames: The Speakeasy's immersive theater experience is the cat's meow.
"The Speakeasy" Gives You the Chance to Time-Travel to 1920s San Francisco - Then Choose Your Own...
December 19, 2016
It didn't really hit me just how perfect The Speakeasy 's reproduction of a 1920s cabaret was until I went to the bathroom about halfway through the show. I was expecting the men's room to be a temporary exit from the spot-on '20s decor that defined the rest of the five-ish rooms of the interactive set; instead, I entered, froze and looked around in amazement.
A true-to-life visit to a Prohibition bar
December 11, 2016
I met the man in the blue hat at the appointed hour in an alley in North Beach, uttered the code phrase, got a map to a secret location nearby, entered through a dark doorway, descended a steep flight of stairs, checked my coat -- and found myself in a San Francisco Prohibition-era dream world of so
Full-immersion 'Speakeasy' brings visitors to 1920s San Francisco
December 10, 2016
The proprietors of Boxcar Theatre's "The Speakeasy" are doing everything they possibly can to keep patrons coming to their underground hideaway in San Francisco. "There's so much to see," says producer David Gluck, who, along with producer-director Nick A. Olivero and producer-bartender Geoffrey
'The Speakeasy' Now Immersing San Franciscans In The World Of 1923 | Hoodline
November 28, 2016
The Speakeasy is back-but in keeping with its name, it's still a little hard to find. The interactive theater experience is now hidden away in the deep, dark recesses of a basement at 644 Broadway, far away from the prying eyes of "decent," God-fearing folks.
Taking a Time Machine to 1920's San Francisco
November 7, 2016
On the edges of Chinatown and North Beach there's a basement gin joint that takes a secret pass code to enter. Once past the fake door of the sham clock repair shop, you find yourself inside a gambling den and cabaret that's been filled to the brim with bathtub hooch.
The Top 10 FOMO Events in San Francisco - College Magazine
November 7, 2016
The Golden Gate Bridge is so basic. San Francisco's rich history and culture offers so much more than tourist attractions-and you get four years to explore it. From free bluegrass concerts to a beach full of corgis, San Francisco will never leave you stuck with the next episode on your Netflix binge.
It's hard to keep mum as 'The Speakeasy' reopens
August 22, 2016
Nick A. Olivero, the creative director of "The Speakeasy," has strong opinions about illuminated exit signs. [...] if you're creating an immersive theater experience set in a speakeasy in 1923, complete with a cabaret stage, gambling tables and multiple bars, and you're "strongly encouraging" your audience to show up in 1920s attire, a neon-tinted illuminated sign doesn't exactly mesh.
Honey Creme tops weekend events in San Francisco
May 20, 2016
Weekly entertainment roundup. "The Speakeasy" is profiled at time mark 1:11.
The Speakeasy Becomes First Theatre Project in U.S. to Offer Equity Crowdfunding
May 17, 2016
For The Speakeasy, the Crowdfunding Regulation campaign is the last piece of a fundraising effort that has generated a total of $2.4 million toward the $3 million project budget.
Immersive Theater Piece The Speakeasy Returns This Summer In Permanent North Beach Home
May 11, 2016
The plan is to keep the play running for the long term and banking that it will be a hit like it was in the Tenderloin two years ago...
Interactive Theater-Bar The Speakeasy to Permanently Return in North Beach Space
May 10, 2016
A lot of San Francisco bars might have a prohibition-era vibe, but none can claim to be quite as elaborate as the The Speakeasy, Boxcar Theatre's immersive theatrical experience.
How this ‘Speakeasy’ developed a new funding model for the arts
June 22, 2015
Now, the theater production is gearing up to recreate the experience long-term in North Beach. By doing so, it's flipping the typical arts-funding model on its head as theater and other arts organizations look to find new ways to support what they do.
Best of Culture 2014
May 22, 2014
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Speakeasy - The Closest You'll Ever Come To Time Travel - Entertainment Designer
April 14, 2014
"On your left, there is a closet. Open the door and climb through the grandfather clock." This is just one of the ways that guests enter The Speakeasy in San Francisco, an immersive theater experience that takes visitors back to 1923 to drink, gamble, and watch as various dramas unfold amongst a cast of Prohibition-era ...
Distillations: All the Bar's a Stage at The Speakeasy
April 2, 2014
I am thrilled to say that The Speakeasy, and its 1923 Prohibition-era club, makes a strong case for being the best bar in San Francisco. The fact that it doesn't exist only adds to the allure.
The Speakeasy is Everything I Love About San Francisco
March 3, 2014
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SFist Reviews: 'The Speakeasy'
February 14, 2014
As immersive, progressive performance experiences go, you aren't going to find much that isn't fun and cool about the Boxcar Theatre's latest, highly ambitious offsite project, The Speakeasy .
Boxcar builds a Prohibition club in 'Speakeasy'
February 12, 2014
The experience is rich with possibility, and period attire is encouraged so it may not immediately be clear if the blonde siren or handsome rake at the next table is an actor or a ticket-holder.
5 Immersive Dinner Theater Spectaculars Around The United States
February 4, 2014
Once arrived, you get the full speakeasy experience, including a deceptive storefront entrance, secret password requests, cabaret performances and casino games. Plus, of course, old-timey cocktails.
Password, Please: Speakeasies Become Sets, the Audience Gets Involved
January 8, 2014
Boxcar Theatre's The Speak easy , which begins previews this weekend, sounds like the most zeitgeisty show of the season, and not just because it's set in a series of totally hip time periods.
SF/Arts: Prohibition Lives in New Boxcar Production
January 1, 2014
"The Speakeasy" is Boxcar Theatre’s most ambitious endeavor yet; it is an immersive, historically precise, site-specific experience that is unique.
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