This is another world-creating, universe-hopping story brought by the same folks that brought ‘Shattered Spaces’ to streaming earlier in the pandemic. It has a similar message of unity, cooperation, and love as the way to end our ills.
“…diverting…and creatively put together.”
That’s not a bad message at all, but the presentation is a little heavy-handed at times, and often seems more geared to children (possibly aged seven or eight to tweens). It’s not subtle.
The adventure starts with a backstory about worlds linked through cooperation and mirrors, which over time have been closed due to the rapacious nature of an evil beast, incarnate as a tiger. (Cat lovers might disagree.) The graphics used in this audience-participation experience are pretty good — especially between the scenes and the depiction of the tiger.
Our journey starts in Rorrim. Each audience member is assigned to one of eight guides from an organization known as “The Heart of the Tiger” We travel to different realms, meeting fantastical beings as well as those who have their own agendas. If we can persuade a being to join us in our quest to definitively end the war with the tiger, they might give us a magical gift that can help us. In a sense each group directs the action, although it is fairly tightly scripted.
Teresa Attridge has written the lore and the script. It is based on Chinese folklore, “The Fauna of Mirrors.” One thing that is intriguing in this effort is watching an unconnected group of adults figure out how to participate and make decisions.
For the group I was assigned to, our guide was Kleorg (Heiko Spieker) of the root-bound Havencux Caverns. Presumably he has earth magic at his disposal. We visited seven realms total. The actors did nice work with their characters. Of special note was Alex Shade, who played, Nathanielle of The Forest of Einar. He was the very embodiment of a young forest creature learning magic and had an endearing innocence and joy in trying to find a way to help the humans and guide Kleorg in their quest.
The worlds are created by Lead Engineer, Chris Uehlinger, who continues to refine his web application, Promenade, to provide an immersive, interactive, and virtual storytelling experience. Mika Nakano is the graphic designer that created the incarnations of the tiger, which are memorable.
The one thing that might make this difficult for some younger audience members is that there was no resolution, at least not in our group. We never faced the tiger and the end monologue was more of an exhortation to be strong and join with everyone in an effort to bring peace and love and eco-consciousness to the worlds. It is a worthy message, but seemed over-simplified and somewhat hectoring.
However, it was a diverting way to spend some time with virtual theatre, and creatively put together.
Running Time: Approximately one hour and 20 minutes straight through.
Show Advisory: Some adult language.
“The Battle of Broken Mirrors” runs now through Nov 1 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here. For more information, please check out the Scattered Players Facebook page.