Press & Testimonials
For press releases, press photographs and interview requests please email PJ Mead.
“The kind of night that taps into the artistic foundation of what New York used to be: lavish, worth loving and completely ludicrous.”
– Inside Hook
“Seducing you away from your sense of reality into a more subconscious, dreamlike state of mind, where anything is possible.”
“Lavish, eccentric, mysterious, and exclusive.” “A play like no other.” “Playing with the five senses.”
– Untapped Cities
"Very entertaining new immersive theatrical experience from multi-talented writer and director Cynthia Von Buhler."
- Time Out
"Von Buhler strikes a good balance between entertaining her guests and telling a story."
- Paper Magazine
"Illuminates the Obscure in the Lavish, Erotic, Yet Playful Illuminati Ball."
- Broadway World
The New York Times interview
"The Illuminati Ball was fabulous! You’ve created such a wonderful experience, and I am SO glad I took the plunge and bought a ticket. Definitely one of the best things I’ve ever done."
"Thanks so much for the wonderful enchanted evening! Really loved it. Everything was spectacular, your home, the acrobats, the costumes or lack there of, and the full on immersive theater wow, the glorious food and drinks and best of all swimming in your lake! Loved it all and love to you."
"I had such wonderful time. Honestly, I have such a good imagination and felt so transported that I lost myself in the fantasy a few times."
"The food was unbelievably delicious and all the performers were amazing -- the singer was breathtaking.. the aerial performers were amazing.. the burlesque bit.. well it did what burlesque is supposed to do to me :)) The level of detail in the design of the whole place was impressive.. my only wish is that I had more time to take it all in."
"Dear Cynthia, Thank you so much for having us last night at your amazing home. You were a fabulous hostess and we had such a wonderful time...we can't stop talking about it! I'm definitely going to be dreaming of the Illuminati Ball for some time! The graceful aerialists, the chill-inducing opera singer, the intoxicating fire dancers, the unfolding mystery of the play and its eccentric actors were indescribably out of this world...and the delicious meal was the cherry on top of a phenomenal evening! We will definitely recommend the Illuminati Ball to our friends as a must see experience! I look forward to making it to another Ball soon or one of your other shows!
Thanks again! Hugs and kisses to you, your husband, and crew!"
"Thank you so much for having us as guests in your home. The evening was spectacular and we loved every minute. I love when performances make me think and question. We came away that night I think with some important lessons in empathy, acceptance, and even peer pressure. I don't know that we can afford to come back, but we are extremely tempted. It really was such a fantastic time. We are already telling everyone we know that they need to attend! Thanks again! I can't wait to try some of these recipes at home :)"
"I just wanted to thank you for everything on Saturday night; everything was so beautiful and unique, and all of the cast / staff were very accommodating. I was nervous about the evening because I was coming alone, but I'm so glad I did. I had such a great time, and I'm not sure I would have been so exploratory if friends had been there. I hope to get the opportunity to participate in this or something like this again soon. Thanks again!"
"Thank you for opening your home to us this evening. It was a wonderful night - delicious food, plentiful and even more delicious cocktails, and engaging company - both the guests and the staff. I'm so glad I was accepted to attend. My gratitude for a memorable night!"
"Thank you so much for yesterday, we all had such a fun time! If there's anyway to get a hold of some of the images we would love to see them. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and be sure we will recommend the ball to our friends."
"So great to meet you on Saturday, and thanks for letting us be a part of the event! I really enjoyed the whole night and had a lot of fun talking to you."