A Puzzle, Wrapped in a Theatrical Show, in David Kwong’s “The Enigmatist,” @ The Geffen

A night of mind blowing puzzles, enigma, and mystery brought the audience into the world view of genius puzzle master David Kwong, in his premiere performance of “The Enigmatist,” now showing  at the Geffen Playhouse.  Kwong hosted and entertained, throughout the evening, bedazzling his audience, as they watched in wonderment, as, mysteriously clues and puzzle pieces fell into place before their very eyes.  A self proclaimed fan of New York Times puzzle creator Will Shortz, Kwong, along with audience interaction, created an actual crossword puzzle on the spot, truly my highlight of the show.  This show was illustrious, on the level of the magic shows performed on the world renowned Magic Castle of Hollywood, or on the Las Vegas stage, a la the likes of David Copperfield or even Harry Houdini.  Perhaps, the greatest trick of all, was that this show allowed audience to return to the physical space of a theatre, post pandemic,  and let all worries evaporate and poof, disappear.  Pure escapism at its finest.  All pandemic related fears and worries vanished, as Kwong transformed the evening into a delightful narrative of puzzle solving, right from the start, as the theatre goers entered the lobby, and were presented with four puzzle challenges that continued til show’s end.  He creatively tied all the clues together into a sophisticated package, sure to stun even the most savvy of puzzle champions.  Some lucky audience members were even invited to step onto the action onstage, as the show was interactive and engaging throughout.  A personalized connection between the performer and audience was truly a part of the inherent magic.  Perhaps magicianDavid Kwong said it best, “Illusion is all about commanding people’s attention.  The brain can’t handle two pieces of info at once.”  This  puzzle genius extraordinaire, brought interlocking pieces of joy to last much longer than just this one night. 


About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at www.examiner.com and www.tolucantimes.com my email is bonniedeb13@hotmail.com
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