At the long-abandoned McKittrick Hotel on the extreme western edge of Chelsea, one of the most unique theatrical events in memory....a site-specific Macbeth-meets-Hitchcock performance piece the NY Times calls a "merry macabre chase."
From the producers: "Sleep No More" is an indoor promenade performance lasting up to three hours. After admission, patrons embark upon an individual journey and may stay inside the performance for as long as three hours....after which they are welcome to stay on at the bar.
Critics have tripped over themselves to find superlatives. New York magazine said "The show infects your dreams. I've felt theater overwhelm me before, but until 'Sleep No More,' I've never felt it pass through me. It was a lovely evening in hell, one I'll be recovering from for some time."
Please note that children under the age of 16 will not be admitted; the production contains nudity, fake blood, and may be disturbing; and strobe lighting is used.
Still not sure (and in fairness, how could you be) - this silly but informative video might help:
Something wickedly wonderful this way comes to Off Broadway's McKittrick Hotel, the site of the most thoroughly original and provocative live entertainment in years: "Sleep No More," a mash-up of Shakespeare's Macbeth and 1930s film noir that combines elements of theater, dance, and haunted fun house for a unique evening that engages all of the senses. No two patrons will see the exact same show. You choose your own adventure. "Sleep No More" is an unusual, but unusually enlightening, evening of entertainment - one that encourages you to rethink the themes and motifs in Macbeth as well as the nature of theater itself. It's a tale told by geniuses, full of sound and fury - and just about everything signifies.
Confused? Excited? Weirded out? Scared to bits? Those are just some of the natural reactions to the Macbeth-inspired immersive theatre experience. So brilliant and sly and insane is this production that exploring the space and the level of detail each room has been given is enough to make you swoon. Does it ultimately lead to a better understanding of Macbeth? Not really. Is it necessary to have a pansexual orgy and subsequent abortion set to both techno music and enough flashing lights to trigger an epileptic fit? Maybe not. Who cares? As Macbeth's witches say, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair." Plus, you can always just retreat to the bar and have another gimlet.