Hoax was first performed by The Encounter in 2016 at The 14k Cabaret at Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, Maryland.
Hoax was written by Annie Montone in conjunction with Brian Kehoe. It was directed by Deirdre McAllister.
Hoax, the second full-length stage show from The Encounter, takes the audience into a dimly lit theater wagon full of wonderful, terrifying objects. We meet, once again, Maxwell Fink and Sarah Swanson, strangely reborn as a squabbling, second-rate vaudeville act on the run. Part history lesson, part Faustian pact, and part hero’s redemption, Hoax wonders if the magician and the conman aren’t sprung from the same dark parts of the human psyche. Is it okay to trick people only if they enjoy it?
“Where else can you hear about such cool cons as "Soapy" Smith, who had a field day in late 19th-century America; or the off-the-wall Mary Toft, who supposedly gave birth to a whole bunch of rabbits 290 years ago in an otherwise normal English town? This is the sort of play that will send you straight to Google seeking more info.”
-Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun
“Fink vehemently repeats "I know the devil" like a scorned lover warning others what an asshole Satan can be. Stay away from that guy—he'll take your money, your dignity, and your soul.”
-Cassandra Miller, Baltimore City Paper
“Fink made it clear that in the present he was seeking redemption for his life of deception, and was here tonight – “For one night only!” – to save us from making his same mistakes.”
-Allie Press, DC Metro Theater Arts
“I would call Hoax part experimental theatre, part magic show, and part TED talk, but entirely entertaining and authentic.”
-Jason Samios-Uy, Backstage Baltimore