The Orion Experience. XL Nightclub (see Off-Off Broadway). Conceived and directed by Travis Greisler. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 15mins. No intermission.
The Orion Experience: in brief
Drawing equally on new wave, ’60s pop and modern radio rock, the band known as the Orion Experience impresses with its buoyant, hooky tunes, which make awesome use of a coed tag-team vocal approach. Three times a week, the combo takes control of the XL nightclub for a full-scale theatrical extravaganza (directed by Travis Greisler), featuring dancing and drinking as well as talking computers and space vampires.
The Orion Experience: theater review by Raven Snook
Having mindless fun is harder than it looks. All this immersive, glam-rock sci-fi musical wants to do is show the inhabitants of Earth an out-of-this-world time. So from the moment you come on board, bedazzled beauties ply you with cocktails, glow sticks and face paint (all for a fee, of course) in anticipation of the main event: a giant, glitter-filled, interactive dance party.
But The Orion Experience more or less crashes and burns upon takeoff. Less a show than a showcase for the eponymous power-pop band, which looks like a cross between Ziggy Stardust and the Andromeda space rockers from Buck Rogers, everything about the evening smacks of been-there, done-this. The bouncy songs recall bigger and better hits; the acrobatics (save for a sensual, flexible aerialist) are underwhelming and the plot, about the group being captured by the evil Queen of White Lies (fierce drag diva Sir Honey Davenport) is incomprehensible.
All of this could be forgiven if the spectacle were truly transporting like Fuerza Bruta or the long-closed-but-still-missed Donkey Show. But The Orion Experience never reaches those hedonistic climes. Naïve tourists and the greatly inebriated might mistake it for an outrageous night out but everyone else is better off skipping this ride all together.—Theater reivew by Raven Snook
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I had an absolute blast at the show! The plot takes a back seat to the ridiculously pop-py and catchy music, amazing choreography and adorable performers. I love The Orion Experience and I can't wait to see it again!!
This show previewed last October and got better each night. So much fun to join the cast in having a blast.
I saw a workshop version of this back in October and have been waiting for them to do it again!! I didn't know any of of the music beforehand and had a BLAST. Now I'm a huge fan of the band and will be going more than once to dance the night away firing this crazy space-adventure-dance-party.
So much fun! Great music, awesome dancing and so many surprises! I had never been to a show quite like it before. It was so interactive that I felt like I was on stage with the musicians. Really incredible and not to be missed!
So amazing!!! I saw the show when it debuted at Dixon Place. More than just a concert! I didn't know what to expect! I have been a fan of The Orion Experience for years! Can't wait to go again!
Super sexy cast, AMAZING music! I couldn't stop singing the songs for days. It was an experience that I have never had before at a show...the dancers danced with me! The performers interacted in a way that made me feel like I was part of the show. I felt like a star! I had so much fun I went all three nights and each time had a different, yet equally incredible experience. Don't miss this show!!