Immersive theater experience Cabaret Rising opened to a full house last Friday at Dupont Underground. A continuation of TBD Immersive’ s first show, In Cabaret We Trust, this production takes the narrative of a political resistance movement in our city sometime in the future. The resistance of artists and other rebels have been driven underground (get it?) and continues its struggle against a totalitarian government, although it now seems to be more of a struggle for survival for the movement itself. The rebel movement may be undergoing a leadership struggle or been infiltrated by agents of the totalitarian state. It’s difficult to tell. The vagueness of the narrative encourages the audience to make up its own interpretations about what might be going on.
As you and the other audience members wander the underground, drink in hand, you find revolutionaries as well as plenty of distractions as you come across jugglers, contortionists, drifters and other lost souls. The sets are reminiscent of a dystopian future a la Blade Runner.
The show is considerably stronger than their first production and it’s wonderful to see D.C.’s first immersive theater company hone their craft and fine tune their talents. The shows will run through the first week of March and no two shows will be exactly the same since each production is the result of an interaction of the cast with the audience.