A New York institution since 2011, Punchdrunk’s dark, sleek, gorgeous installation is awe-inspiring in both its size and detail. Silent audience members in creepy white masks are set free in a six-floor labyrinth of wonders, while roving attractive actor-dancers plays out enigmatic scenes inspired by Macbeth and Hitchcock. There are more than 90 different spaces to explore, ranging from a candy shop to a cemetery. There’s no way to absorb it all in a single visit, but that’s all right. You’ll want to go back anyhow. First, though, you'll have to wait: Originally scheduled to return this fall, the show's reopening has now been pushed to February.—Adam Feldman
When it comes to theater, who says you have to just sit and watch? Immersive theater in New York City puts you right in the middle of the action, and often draws you in to participate. Whereas most Broadway shows still follow the traditional proscenium-arch model, immersive Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions tend break down the barriers between actors and spectators, letting you follow your own paths through unconventional spaces. Since they are often intimate and interactive, these shows have been slow to return from the pandemic shutdown—the king of them all, the long-running Sleep No More, will not be back until February—but there is still a lot to choose from in the months ahead. To help you navigate the maze of options, here is our list of the city's best immersive and interactive shows.
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