Walking Shadow Theatre Company – Cabal [Reaction]

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Location: Minneapolis, MN

Date Played: May 31, 2022

Team Size: 6-10

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: Sliding scale $45/ 52/ 60 per player

Ticketing: Public

Accessibility Consideration: Flashing lights and loud sounds

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

I first encountered Walking Shadow Theatre Company through Reboot, an online play with puzzles. When the opportunity arose to see Cabal while visiting Minneapolis, I was eager to experience their in-person approach to a play with puzzles.

In Cabal, Walking Shadow Theatre Company made both immersive theater and puzzles approachable for audience members new to either, while also providing a compelling reason to explore both these genres more deeply. With light actor interactions, audience members were part of the story without ever being singled out or put on the spot. The puzzles were equally accessible — complementary to the setting and narrative, and designed more around exploration and process than aha. If you have friends or family who are typically reluctant to play escape rooms, but who’d enjoy a magical dose of theater, Cabal is the show for them.

A performer looking concerned in a beautiful parlour.
Image via David Pisa

Above all else, the actors put on a stunning performance and the setting was utterly enchanting. I loved seeing a space that felt reminiscent of an escape room, yet was built and run as a theatrical set.

For theater lovers in the Twin Cities area, I recommend checking out Cabal. This was not an escape room and should not be approached as such, though I believe escape room enthusiasts will equally enjoy Cabal as an interactive narrative experience.

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Walking Shadow – Reboot [Hivemind Review]

Reboot is an online play with puzzles created by Walking Shadow in Minneapolis.

Someone kneeling by a computer desk in an 80s looking office space.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Avatar controlled by the players
  • Video-based experience
  • Interactive NPC(s) (other than a player-controlled avatar)
  • Immersive theater
  • Text adventure (optional)

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: You book individually into a public event, like theater, and you’ll play in a group of about 6-10 people.

Play Time: 90-105 minutes

Price: ranges from $30 to $60 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Reboot accurately describes itself as “an online play with puzzles.” It is an immersive theater performance with puzzles that the audience collectively solves at various points in the show. It takes place in Zoom and across different websites.

You’ll be playing with a group, likely people you don’t know. You’ll need to interact with performers and other players to solve puzzles and make decisions that affect the outcome of the show.

An older man sitting at a desk. It looks like a screenshot from grainy old video.

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