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Reviews

"Review Rundown: [The Birthday Party]"

"At the end of the day, I can’t recommend the show enough. It’s so rare to find immersive theatre that’s so sparking a good time. Clever, bubbly, and occasionally delightfully raunchy, The Birthday Party leans into the strengths of Rara Avis as a company, and cements their status as leaders in the field."

"Sands Point has an infuriating habit of producing spectacular shows that are only given the most limited of runs. I pray to whoever’s listening, be they gods or trustees, that this team be given the run they deserve. They are worth the drive from Philadelphia, and worth well more than ten nights a production."

"Review Rundown: Farewell Spooky Season 2023"

"At this point, Dreadnight Team’s [Rara Avis's] partnership with Sand’s Point Preserve has become an annual highlight of the New York immersive theatre calendar. It’s no wonder their shows tend to sell out immediately, and that they can keep upping the scope of the production. I look forward to whatever debauched lunacy they have on offer next year, and suspect I will continue to anticipate their productions for years and years to come."

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"20 Top Tier Haunts Every Horror Fan Must Visit"

"This writer's personal favorite Halloween tradition, this annual immersive theatrical experience sees the Rara Avis Productions team draw you into a living, breathing horror movie experience inside of Sands Point's unparalleled castle estate."

"5 Shorts You Must Watch from Salem Horror Fest"

 

"Domestic Bliss looks like it all takes place in a Barbie Dream Home, which helps to enhance and subvert the traditional ideas around 'domestic bliss.' . . . If you want a great looking short that takes on outdated and misogynistic marital values this is a great viewing choice."

"NoPro’s Top Moments of 2019"

 

"Dreams and Nightmares is another experience I regret not having the time to address... it presented tableaux straight out of, well, dreams and nightmares."

"NoPro's Best Immersive Experiences of 2022"

 

"The [Chatterton Cabinet of Curiosities] manages to shock and titillate at every turn. It feels like the full realization of the Grand Guignol aesthetics so much immersive horror promises. Typically, either comedy or horror takes precedence, but the constant discomfort, occasional eruptions of violence, and bizarre, incestuous family mystery kept the whole evening a tight, consistent package."

I honestly don't know why I haven't reached out to you sooner.

My name is Jonathan and I've been a huge fan of your work at Sands Point Preserve since your 2019 production of Dreams and Nightmares.  I've been hooked ever since, and I'm always amazed at your abilities of being able to transform the space in vastly different ways year after year.

Your team's performers, production design, and storytelling are just top notch and it's just so inspiring to see everyone always giving it their all.

This is something I look forward to every year, and your shows have also been a great gateway into immersive theatre when I try to introduce my friends who are unfamiliar with the format.  I took a great friend to your 9:30 production on October 13th [Asylum: A Love Story, 2023] who had never done anything remotely like this, and I think they didn't sleep that night due to how alive it made them feel.

I could go on and on about the details about how your shows make me feel as well, but I mostly want to thank you for doing what you do and creating something that is equally terrifying, funny, and beautiful.  I believe it's that broad spectrum of emotions each year is the reason why it sticks with me as much as it does.

- Jonathan K

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