On the Trail

Interactive true-crime walking tour snakes through downtown San Antonio

Interactive true-crime tour snakes through downtown San Antonio

Art Heist walking show
Think you can solve the famous case? Photo courtesy of Right Angle Entertainment

In the vein of popular walking tours, a new theatrical experience is making its U.S. premiere in San Antonio this October.

Called Art Heist, the immersive show explores the true-life — and still unsolved — case of the world's biggest art theft: when half a billion dollars in paintings disappeared from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

Written by theater artist TJ Dawe, who also directed the show with Ming Hudson, the interactive experience recently premiered at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. It relies on a socially distanced, outdoor setting as a safe way to experience theater.

Groups of 10 or fewer start at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and visit five walkable locations in downtown San Antonio, gathering clues and interrogating suspects to try and determine whodunnit. Expect to meet several career criminals and con artists, including a possible inside man, a feared mastermind, and a gentle psychopath.

At the end, teams will submit their guesses for the robber and get to pose inside a giant art frame.

Each 90-minute performance promises to be unique, and start times staggered every 30 minutes help keep groups intimate.

Art Heist runs October 16-24, with tickets starting at $39.50. Call the Tobin Center box office at 210-223-8624, visit the website, or email tickets@tobincenter.org to buy.