Reviews

Abundant booze, live music, and gambling lifted the spirits for a time, but addiction, heartache, and loss lurked just around the corner.

EVAN BORDERS, KTVU

'THE SPEAKEASY' IS EVERYTHING I LOVE ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO

"Part of what makes The Speakeasy such a special event are the number of intricate layers revealed...you’re rewarded for playing along with access to a labyrinth set where secret passageways offer some of the best seats in the house..."

Jennifer Maerz, The Bold-Italic: March 3, 2014

TIME-TRAVEL TO 1920s SAN FRANCISCO, THEN CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

"I really, truly felt like I’d entered a time vortex...find one or two characters whose stories interest you most, and follow them for about half the show; spend the other half wandering, gambling and taking in the cabaret, which alone is worth the price of admission."

Keith A. Spencer, The Bold-Italic, December 19, 2016

TRUE-TO-LIFE VISIT TO A PROHIBITION BAR

I found myself in a San Francisco Prohibition-era dream world of sorts, from which I emerged, two and a half hours later, as entertained and entranced, in this utterly immersive and beautifully realized experience, as I’ve ever been.

Jean Schiffman, San Francisco Examiner: December 11, 2016

SFist RAVES OVER 'THE SPEAKEASY'

As immersive, progressive performance experiences go, you aren't going to find much that isn't fun and cool about Boxcar Theatre's latest, highly ambitious offsite project, The Speakeasy.

Jay Barmann, SFist: February 14, 2014

ALL THE BAR'S A STAGE

I am thrilled to say that The Speakeasy, and its 1923 Prohibition-era club, makes a strong case for being the best bar in San Francisco. The fact that it doesn't exist only adds to the allure...

Benjamin Wachs, SF Weekly: April 2, 2014

AN UNPREDICTABLE, IMMERSIVE DELIGHT

Undeniably fun ... You attend a night at The Speakeasy for the immersive, hands-on thrill ...

Jay Barmann, SFist: December 20, 2016

BEST OF CULTURE 2014

Newsflash: Drinking and gambling twist the plot in this live show. 

Allison McCarthy, 7x7 Magazine: May 22, 2014

IT'S EASY TO SEE WHY "THE SPEAKEASY" IS THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN

This massive achievement is a must-see event...The acting is superb, the set historically accurate, the cabaret performers extraordinary.

Steve Murray, For All Events: December 21, 2016

INSIDE THE CITY'S MOST BELOVED NOT-SO-SECRET GIN JOINT

Secrecy and uncertainty is all part of the fun for (creator Nick. A) Olivero and the more than 80 cast and crew who put on a production that wants to be the city's worst-kept secret.

A.K. Carroll, 7x7 Magazine: December 20, 2016

THE SECRET'S OUT; THE SPEAKEASY IS DELIGHTFUL

The overall experience of seeing this show is so delightful ... The Speakeasy deserves to be a fixture in the Bay Area theater scene.

Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle: December 23, 2016

VINTAGE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

The experience has a way of glowing with increasing brightness after the fact as the marvel of this implausible enterprise can be pondered and appreciated.

Ruichard Dodds, Bay Area Reporter: January 5, 2016

SPEAKEASY HOOCH IS SEVERAL GRADES ABOVE BATHTUB GIN

Cocktails aren’t mere backdrop in “The Speakeasy.” Instead, booze and the act of drinking it are at the absolute core of the show — both a theme in its narrative and an agent for audience immersion.

Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle: December 23, 2016

THE TOP 10 FOMO EVENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO

#3. The Speakeasy: Don’t wander off after one-too-many Black Manhattans, as you might find yourself in one of the mysterious building’s secret passageways or secret entrances.

Celina Paelez, College Magazine: Nov 7, 2016

THE VERDICT: ABSOLUTELY A MUST-SEE

We didn’t think it was possible to like this show more than the first time we reviewed it, but this new space is amazing, the show is tighter and overall the experience is more impressive. 

Brittany Janis & Katie Cruz, Mission Mission: December 24, 2016

TAKING A TIME MACHINE TO 1920’S SAN FRANCISCO

The attention to detail in the place is fantastic. The cabaret room is a dazzling circular, white and blue masterpiece that Duke Ellington or Cab Calloway would have been happy to play in.

Sam Devine, Broke-Ass Stuart: Nov 7, 2016

IT'S HARD TO KEEP MUM AS 'THE SPEAKEASY' REOPENS

Audience members can get cast, briefly, in a public scene as a character or pulled into a private one-on-one encounter with a performer...

Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle: Aug 22, 2016