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“Engima the Show” has audience collecting clues in Brooklyn Heights

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It’s a Brooklyn Heights mystery — and it isn’t how the rent got so damn high.

The streets are a stage for an interactive play called “Enigma,” a “Sleep No More”-style show that will be snaking through the tiny neighborhood every half hour, if its creator has his way.

That’s ten performances a day, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, said Kevin Dann, the author wrote the play and an accompanying novel inspired by the streets he once called home (Dann now lives in Prospect Heights).

“It’s a mystery, it’s an adventure, but more along the lines of a fairy tale,” Dann said.

The writer is open about how the play operates: the audience will receive a map at the start of the performance outlining a mile-long route through the neighborhood. When each group walks along the outlined path, it will be ambushed by pivotal characters and plot points.

But Dann is less open about what the play is about. The website gives few clues: a missing writer, smatterings of history, a sense of magic.

“As you can imagine, it’s a bit of a dance to leave people guessing,” he said. “We’re hoping that audience members will go away not telling their friends what will happen to them.”

The play will also be chock full of the neighborhood’s history — but that doesn’t mean the show is for tourists. In fact, Dann said, people who live in the neighborhood might enjoy it the most.

“The whole show is intended to turn the location inside out,” he said.

“Enigma” [Pierrepont Place and Montague Street, (718) 938-1535, enigmatheshow.com] Through Oct. 27, 1 pm. $60.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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Sam from Coney Island says:
$60 is steep for a show with $0 rent!
Aug. 20, 2013, 10:22 am

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