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Friday, May 9, 2014

The Speakeasy Announces Show Closing, Relocating for 2015

Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 1:17 PM

click to enlarge THE SPEAKEASY

If you're a fan of the prohibition era and want to relive the seedy exploits of mobsters and flappers, now is the time do it.

The Boxcar Theatre's immersive production, The Speakeasy, announced Thursday that the show will close June 21.

After a six-month run and much success, the show must now come to an end, due to a property sale of the leased space, according to John Hill, publicist. But don't worry, Hill says the producers of The Speakeasy already planned on looking for a bigger -- better home.

"The show has been far more successful than they had expected and they realize the current space they have now is too small for their ambitions," Hill says.

The plan is for The Speakeasy to find a new space that's at least twice as big (about 10,000 sq ft.) and able to accommodate about 250 patrons a night. The new venue will hopefully be leased and ready for an early 2015 opening.

But until then, catch the show while you can. They've sold out many nights, so five Wednesday dates have been added to the schedule starting May 14.

For those of you who aren't familiar with The Speakeasy, it's a an interactive play that time warps audience members to the 1920s prohibition era. Audience members must make online reservations -- and because true speakeasy fashion is in order -- they are asked to dress the part. Show goers aren't given the location of the club until the day before the show, and when they arrive a password is required for entry. Inside patrons are immersed into the speakeasy world with a full on bar, casino and burlesque show in an interactive play where you can't tell who's an actor and who's an audience member.

The show that launched this January opened with an unlimited run, and tickets were initially sold for one eight-week block. The popularity of the show allowed the producers to continue scheduling performances six to eight weeks out.

We hope the Boxcar Theatre finds The Speakeasy a new home soon. As we here in San Francisco know, the speakeasy tradition is a familiar favorite.

For reservations visit thespeakeasysf.com.

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