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“Don't forget to speakeasy” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Speakeasy

The Speakeasy
near Civic Center, San Francisco, CA 94102
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“Don't forget to speakeasy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This show is authentic and intricate just for the time period. The cast is phenomenal and the costumes were great. Make sure you walk around and see as much as you can. The show is interactive and will not disappoint. If you love theater and are dying to go back to the 20's this is for you. The show makes you feel as if you are in the center of a musical production. Make sure to dress as if you are in the 20's, you will feel out of place if you don't. Just remember to speak easy.

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San Francisco, California
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“Like Nothing I've Ever Seen Before”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

An amazing experience of going back in time. Speakeasy is a secret 1923 underground Speakeasy.

The evening starts in a secret location, where you are told where to go. You meet a person (in costume) and say a code, the person gives you instructions on where to go, including the special knock to get in.

Inside is amazing, sliding bookcases, most elaborate thing I've ever seen. A 1923 bar with wonderful period cocktails. A cabaret, a gambling casino.

You are instructed not to interact with the actors. There are 32 actors plus musicians. There are theatrical scenes going on all around. You can follow different actors through the night. We followed a woman that came to take home her degenerate husband who had plopped his 11 year old daughter at the bar, while he tried to win his money back. It was a gut wrenching scene.

There was also an amazing cabaret with a live band, show girls and comedians in top hats and tails. There are stories in there as well. You over hear a showgirl being put in her place by the sleazy club owner (Saul) who reminds her that her brother owes the casino.

I can't say how this is a must see. It's sold out far in advance, because it's very small. Definitely not for children. Teenagers would probably love it. Lots to look at and very intense.

Best part, not one cell phone! You are warned in a very clear way not to take a cell phone out. It was nice to not see one for a change!

Visited March 2014
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