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Locked inside ‘Dr. Jekyll’s Lab’ in Swarthmore: Can you escape?

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STORY WRITTEN BY MARGIE ROYAL
Digital First Media
mroyal@delconewsnetwork.com

My friends and my teammates couldn’t find the antidote to stop Dr. Jekyll from transforming into Mr. Hyde. But I live to report that being locked inside Dr. Jekyll’s laboratory for an hour was a really good time.
Inspired by the “Can You Escape?” computer game, the “Escape From Jekyll’s Lab” event now underway through May 16 is a fundraiser for the Swarthmore’s Town Center, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to stimulate economic development in the town center of Swarthmore.
My three friends entered a large Victorian home in Swarthmore and were partnered with four other adults and two boys who had signed up for the game’s opening night. At 7:30 p.m., we were all locked inside connecting rooms strewn with props and cryptic graphics. The rooms were lit with theatrical lighting and eerie music played as we tried to work as a team to find clues and solve the riddles that would tell us where the antidote was hidden. We had an hour to find it before the good doctor, who was locked in the room with us, would transform into the murderous Mr. Hyde.
A large clock ticked away as we frantically searched, but despite our best efforts we were unable to solve the puzzles, riddles and logic problems that would give us the key that would open one of the doors. I felt like a kid again as I searched the rooms, as did my friends, and we all agreed it was a very enjoyable way to spend an evening. Sign up for a truly fun and memorable experience!
“Escape the Room” events are being held all over the country; Swarthmore’s “Escape from Jekyll’s Lab” is the first to get underway in Delaware County. Dr. Jekyll’s laboratory is now housed at 307 North Chester Road (adjacent to Trinity Episcopal Church) in Swarthmore.
IF YOU GO: there are time slots at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Sunday now through May 16. Additional afternoon “escapes” will be at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The game is suited for older children and adults; it will frighten young children. Advanced purchase is required via www.SwarthmoreEscape.com.

The first team that tried to “Escape From Jekyll’s Lab” in Swarthmore failed, but were all smiles as they pose with Ms. Poole (Rosemary Fox, left, who was instrumental in bringing the game to Swarthmore) and Dr. Jekyll at center. Photo by Rick Prieur

The first team that tried to “Escape From Jekyll’s Lab” in Swarthmore failed, but were all smiles as they pose with Ms. Poole (Rosemary Fox, left, who was instrumental in bringing the game to Swarthmore) and Dr. Jekyll at center. Photo by Rick Prieur

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