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There’s an Immersive Show in a Bathroom (And Yes, You Should See It)

July 12, 2018 by CJ Schwartz
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From Shakespeare’s classics in actual graveyards to rock musicals in warehouses, immersive theater is in. By stripping away the conventional lights, scenery, and seating of a traditional venue, immersive theater puts the audience in the action and guarantees a night of thrill and surprise. For many theatergoers, the very conceit of Siobhan O’Laughlin’s Broken Bone Bathtub” may come as a shock. The show, which has already had several acclaimed runs in other cities, is performed around and in a real-life bathtub where the leading lady guides the audience through an intimate evening of storytelling, audience interaction, and — you guessed it — bathing.

It may sound bizarre. Perhaps you haven’t considered attending a show that puts you only a few feet away from a stranger’s toilet. But here’s the weird part: You should. The show’s stopping in San Francisco, July 6-25, and here are some fun facts about the performance.

1. It takes place in a different bathtub every night. They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice, and this show moves around from tub to tub with each performance.

2. Audience members play a role in the show. Get rid of that stage fright, because you might be called to participate. After all, in immersive theater, there is no fourth wall to break.

3. The critics love it. We know you’re probably still skeptical about a show in a bathtub, but critics across the country are raving about the show. LA Weekly calls it “Genuine and joyful,” and DC Metro Arts says, “The concept is preposterous. It shouldn’t work. It does. I don’t know how and I don’t know why, but it does. And I was in awe of it.” 

4. It’s a worldwide phenomenon. “Broken Bathtub” has played everywhere from Tokyo to Orlando to Australia. Make sure to find out if it’s coming to a city near you!

5. The act began when leading lady Siobhan O’Loughlin broke her arm. Instead of wrapping her am in plastic, she used bathtubs at friend’s houses because she didn’t have a tub of her own.

6. There have been almost 300 performances. O’Loughlin will mount the show’s 300th performance in Seattle. Don’t miss it!

Curious? Intrigued? A little scared but excited for the adventure? Get tickets to “Broken Bone Bathtub” on TodayTix while they last.