“Sleep No More”

9 May

Tonight I am doing this:

(Click on the above image to enlarge it so it is legible, then click your “back” arrow to return to this blog.)

I’m attending a “play” called Sleep No More – a very non-traditional, interactive sort of theatrical experience.

Part of the email (shown above) that I received after buying my ticket warns “Audiences may experience intense psychological situations”.

And I’m paying good money for these Intense Psychological Situations!!

A great review of Sleep No More can be read here, but the writer begins by saying:

It was about the time when a nurse grabbed my hand, pulled me from the crowd into a private room, locked the door, and put a necklace on me saying “this will protect you from danger,” that I realized “Sleep No More” is one of the most unforgettable experiences I’ve ever had in New York City.

Thanks also for this other review, which I copied in full here below:

Be careful.
Things are getting weird on West 27th Street.
Weirder than normal.
The kind of weird that may result in you lost inside a 100,000-square-foot cursed hotel, while wearing a Venetian mask.
And being stalked by a pack of angry witches…

Introducing “Sleep No More”, or what would happen if Kubrick, Hitchcock, Lynch and Bill Shakespeare got together to transform a compound of abandoned nightclubs into an immersive hotel/speakeasy/interactive play replete with extra-dry martinis and simmered sheep organs, with tickets on sale now.

The less you know ahead of time, the better. But basically, some guys from The Box and Purgatorio have remade the monstrous nightlife depot that used to be Twilo, Guest House and a million other clubs into a surreal interpretation of a haunted hotel. Think of the Overlook meets the Bates Motel, set in the 1930s and placed under the ownership of a psychotic Macbeth.

It’ll be dark. Menacing music will play. And you’ll assume the role of a terrified voyeur (shouldn’t be much of a stretch). At this point, you’ll have the option of exploring secret rooms, examining fresh crime scenes or ripping your mask off and making a beeline for the hotel’s jazz bar.

Though if you do that, you’re liable to miss what might best be described as a witch orgy.

Which is one of those things you really can’t unsee.

Hopefully I’ll be here tomorrow to tell you about the Intense Psychological Situations!




2 Responses to ““Sleep No More””

  1. Ellen Girone May 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    I want to hear all about this! Have a good time!


    • sallanscorner May 10, 2011 at 11:47 am #

      Hi Ellen – it was great! The initial sense of creepiness and anticipation while feeling my way through the pitch-black hallway was something I’ve never experienced before!

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