By Aydan Aslan
Here’s a way to experience a real-life version of Eyes Wide Shut.
Sleep No More is an interactive play that allows the audience to interact with the actors and influence the flow of the show. It’s a mystery that the audience must solve and unlike any other Broadway show.
The performance takes place inside the McKittrick Hotel on West 27th Street in Chelsea. There aren’t any signs outside, but when I arrived, I knew I was in the right location by the 60 people lined up, waiting to get inside.
When you first enter Sleep No More, you enter a bar that looks like a speakeasy from the 1920s. The smoky filled room is packed with women dressed from a prohibition-era party.
As I wandered around the rooms, I felt like I was exploring a misty world. It was like a lucid dream. At one point, I even forgot that I was in New York. I was in a place that existed only in my mind and it was yet to be discovered.
I don’t want to give away the ending for those who want to see Sleep No More, but here are my recommendations for those who want to experience it on a deeper level.
1) Separate from your friends before they separate you. The show is better to experience alone.
2) Don’t be shy. Follow and interact with the actors so you can become part of the show. If you are lucky, you will enter the secret music room that includes a full male nude actor and bloody baby in the middle.
3) Wear comfortable shoes and try to leave your glasses at home because they will interfere with your mask.
4) Dress lightly. Be prepared to go up and down several stairs.
5) Look in every nook and cranny. Don’t hesitate to open drawers and closets. Even eat candies at the candy shop.
6) Stay for the Jazz after the show. It allows you to instantly go back in time to the 1920’s speakeasy bar at Paris.
This was one of the most erotic experiences of my life, and definitely the most mind-blowing thing I’ve done in NYC. It is worth seeing more than once.
You can learn more about times and tickets at: http://sleepnomore.com/