The Secret Sessions have put together a fun evening for Ghostbusters enthusiasts, merging fandom, live performance, and the movie into an experience that enables visitors to interact and enjoy. Using the great brick-walled open space of The Redwood Theatre, they create a world that goes beyond simply watching the movie. In the pre-show interaction time, audience members can fill out their own paranormal activity reports, or interact with the performers, or just relax back and have a drink or snack. I would have liked to see a stronger device to make the interactions and navigation of the space a bit more clear for the un-initiated. . . attending on my own I observed some actors just talking (in character) amongst themselves while I lingered looking on.
For the performance itself, director Mandy Roveda did an excellent job with the cast, blending scenes from the film and live action perfectly, with just the right amount of adventurous theatricality. My only complaint was that in the cavernous space, sometimes actors’ diction was lost.
This is a super fun way to enjoy your annual Ghostbusters viewing!