To Be Thus Is Nothing

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Man, I think I have to see this:


Punchdrunk, a British site-specific theater company, has taken over three abandoned warehouses on West 27th Street to enact the sorry sights of the murderous Macbeths' career in a movable orgy titled "Sleep No More." And the resulting adventure in décor -- a 1930s pleasure palace called the McKittrick -- suggests what might have happened had Stanley Kubrick (of "Eyes Wide Shut" and "The Shining") been asked to design the Haunted Mansion at Disney World, with that little old box maker Joseph Cornell as a consultant. 

New Yorkers with fond memories of nights out in the era of theme-park clubs like Area and MK have the chance to relive their salad days with this production (if they can score tickets). But they should know that sentimentally partaking of any mood-altering substances is inadvisable. 

An unimpaired sense of balance and depth perception is crucial to attending "Sleep No More," which leads its audience on a merry, macabre chase up and down stairs, and through minimally illuminated, furniture-cluttered rooms and corridors. The creative team here has taken on the duties of messing with your head, which they do just as thoroughly as any artificial stimulant.

That just sounds awesome. I'm making it a point this year to see more Shakespeare. I read his plays, in much the same way I read poetry. It'd be interesting to actually see thing. This is a little different. But it sounds really cool.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/04/to-be-thus-is-nothing/237341/