Sleep No More – MUST DO Interactive Theatre in NYC

tumblr_llrk020MB61qzsaat“A merry macabre chase. A voyeur’s delight.  Messes with your head as thorougly as any artificial stimulant. Spectacular!” — Ben Brantley, New York Times

Recently I attended “Sleep No More” in NYC, a full-sensory experience that takes place at the “McKittrick Hotel.”  This is something not to be missed next time you venture to the big apple.

“The unorthodox show—which is put on by a production company called Punchdrunk and has run about a year past its original limited engagement run—is synonymous with intrigue. It’s an adaptation of MacBeth, though Shakespeare probably wouldn’t recognize it. It’s a living, dynamic show where audience members are invited to participate.

If there’s a door, try to open it. If there’s a character passing by you, follow her. You go into it unsure what to expect. You pass through dark hallways, find yourself in the middle of a lover’s quarrel, wander into hidden rooms, encounter a visibly disturbed naked woman shivering in a bathtub. It’s so believable—and the line between what is real and what is theater is so blurred—it’s like an intricate acid trip, forcing you to suspend all disbelief without even realizing it. Throughout the course of three hours, you begin to morph into an actor. Sleep No More in its purest form has a reputation for being something truly special, inexplicable even.” –Leslie Horn

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Completed in 1939, The McKittrick Hotel was intended to be New York City’s finest and most decadent luxury hotel of its time. Six weeks before opening, and two days after the outbreak of World War II, the legendary hotel was condemned and left locked, permanently sealed from the public. Until now…

Seventy-two years later, EMURSIVE has brought the Grande Dame back to life. Collaborating with London’s award-winning PUNCHDRUNK, the legendary space is reinvented with SLEEP NO MORE, presenting Shakespeare’s classic Scottish tragedy through the lens of suspenseful film noir. Audiences move freely through a transporting world at their own pace, choosing their own path through the story, immersed in the most unique theatrical experience in the history of New York.

TIP: Do not read any of the (fabulous) Tripadvisor or Yelp reviews.  Instead, keep your mind open to better enjoy the experience.

 

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