Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sleep No More


After countless rave reviews from friends and critics alike, and months of waiting for a coveted ticket, my friend and I finally attended "Sleep No More", an interactive theatre piece at the McKittrick Hotel. After grabbing a much needed cocktail in the 1920's themed bar, we donned our white masks and started to make our way through the dark & haunted hotel. You can either wander the various themed floors & rooms alone, snoop around, or follow any of the random actors who play out scenes (in silence) and dash from space to space. You can create your own, anonymous experience so I don't want to give too much away. Buy a ticket, be brave, and step into the unknown. You won't regret it.

From the New York Times review: "Those pushy Macbeths may be backstabbing social climbers, but you must admit that their new digs are to die for. The Thane of Cawdor and his wife have moved into a deserted hotel in the hinterlands of the West 20s, and my dear, what they’ve done with the place. Don’t be surprised if it shows up soon on the cover of Architectural Digest, bloodstains and all.  Punchdrunk, a British site-specific theater company, has taken over three abandoned warehouses on West 27th Street to enact the sorry sights of the murderous Macbeths’ career in a movable orgy titled Sleep No More. And the resulting adventure in d├ęcor — a 1930s pleasure palace called the McKittrick — suggests what might have happened had Stanley Kubrick (of Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining) been asked to design the Haunted Mansion at Disney World, with that little old box maker Joseph Cornell as a consultant."   

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