Sleep No More OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • TIME OUT

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Opening Night:
March 7, 2011
Closing:
January 21, 2011

Theater: The McKittrick Hotel / 530 West 27th Street, New York, NY, 10001

Synopsis: 

A legendary hotel. Shakespeare's fallen hero. A film noir shadow of suspense. Emursive presents Punchdrunk's Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel (530 W. 27th Street). Emursive produces immersive theatre in extraordinary places. Punchdrunk's Sleep No More is an award-winning theatrical experience that tells Shakespeare's classic tragedy through the lens of a film noir movie. Audiences move freely through the epic world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see, and everyone's journey is different and unique. No one under sixteen will be permitted.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Sleep No More

    Shakespeare Slept Here, Albeit Fitfully

    Ben Brantley

    April 13, 2011: 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.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF Sleep No More

    Something wickedly good

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    April 13, 2011: The thrilling, mind- bending new show "Sleep No More" is loosely based on "Macbeth" -- but it's unlike any "Macbeth" you've ever seen. Or, for that matter, any play you've ever seen.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Sleep No More

    Inventive 'Sleep No More' twists Macbeth in NY

    Mark Kennedy

    April 14, 2011: It took a while, but Lady Macbeth was finally located on the fifth floor. She was in a bathtub washing off blood and shrieking. And stark naked. At least one hopes that was Lady Macbeth. A tipoff: She wasn't wearing a mask. Confused? Excited? Weirded out? Scared to bits? Those are just some of the natural reactions to the "Macbeth"-inspired immersive theatre experience that opened Thursday in New York's Chelsea section.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Sleep No More

    Sleep No More

    Thom Geier

    April 14, 2011: 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.

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  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF Sleep No More

    This eye-popping installation offers a journey through nightmare zones

    David Cote

    April 14, 2011: To untimely rip and paraphrase a line from Macbeth: Our eyes are made the fools of the other senses, or else worth all the rest. A multitude of searing sights crowd the spectator’s gaze at the bedazzling and uncanny theater installation Sleep No More. Your sense of space and depth—already compromised by the half mask that audience members must don—is further blurred as you wend through more than 90 discrete spaces, ranging from a cloistral chapel to a vast ballroom floor. Directors Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, of the U.K. troupe Punchdrunk, have orchestrated a true astonishment, turning six warehouse floors and approximately 100,000 square feet into a purgatorial maze that blends images from the Scottish play with ones derived from Hitchcock movies—all liberally doused in a distinctly Stanley Kubrick eau de dislocated menace.

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  • NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF Sleep No More

    Interactive Punchdrunk production 'Sleep No More' lets participants experience unique environments

    Joe Dziemianowicz

    April 14, 2011: Ambition is the fatal flaw in "Macbeth," but it's the key to the success of "Sleep No More," a sensational interactive theater piece inspired by imagery from the Scottish play and Alfred Hitchcock thrillers. The show is the brainchild of Punchdrunk, a British troupe known for creating elaborate immersive environments for its productions. A multilevel space at 530 W. 27th St., once a club, has been converted and renamed The McKittrick Hotel for this one.

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  • AM NEW YORK REVIEW OF Sleep No More

    'Sleep No More,' 4 stars

    Matt Windman

    April 13, 2011: You may have seen "Macbeth" plenty of times before. But have you ever chased the title character up and down several flights of stairs after he murders the king? Or wandered into an empty room to find a very pregnant Lady Macduff silently at prayer? Plainly put, you've never experienced anything quite like "Sleep No More," an immense, nonlinear and sensory-based theatrical experience. It combines narrative elements of "Macbeth" with aspects of Hitchcockian noir, modern dance, masquerade and a haunted house.

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