There was no fire, the alarm was probably caused by a smoke effect setting off a smoke detector (sounds plausible), but the audience and actors were forced to evacuate the building anyways. Rather than scrap the show with only an hour left, though, the Epic's cast finished the performance on the steps of the museum. T. Ryder Smith, who plays the major historical figure in each segment—Queen Elizabeth, Hitler and Regan—told ArtsBeat: “I’m standing there in this Elizabethan gown and this white-faced makeup, holding a submachine gun in my hand. It was not the most convenient exit.” Sounds fun. Hopefully the old "smoke triggers the smoke alarm" gaff doesn't happen again when the show opens—it already went off once last week during a dress rehearsal.