Why You Need to Get to Sleep No More

The unconventional take on theater shakes you to the core.

The unconventional take on theater shakes you to the core.

By now, even your grandmother's probably heard of Sleep No More, the Punchdrunk Theater's delirious take on Macbeth. If you haven't, here's how it works: You show up at the McKittrick Hotel in New York City, where you're given a mask told to explore the six floors of the space in silence, free to run around, open drawers, and even sometimes participate in scenes being performed by actors throughout the evening. You're allowed to stay for about three hours, which is a good thing, because the first hour is dizzying and disorienting—you're still trying to figure out what the hell is going on before you can even begin to piece together the nonlinear narrative. But by the end you're transformed: It's a haunting, visceral, affecting experience, one that stays with you for weeks. All of which is to say that if you haven't already gone, go now. And if you have gone, go again. Three hours is only barely enough.

530 W. 27th St., New York City; sleepnomorenyc.com

— Jason Chen

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