I spent the weekend in New York with a friend, which gave me the opportunity to see one of my favorite plays for the second time, SLEEP NO MORE. I hesitate to call it a "play," because it is really a unique form of theater that has hardly anything in common with a tradition play. There are actors, and sets, and you are a spectator, but that's where the similarities end.
SLEEP NO MORE is a retelling of MacBeth set during the late 1920s, in a recreated hotel called The McKittrick. I won't give away too many spoilers, because this is an experience best enjoyed without too many expectations or prior knowledge, but it gives the audience an opportunity to explore the extensive set (too much to see in a single night, or even two) and choose which stories and characters they want to follow. The first time I went, I was so overwhelmed by the originality of the concept that I spent most of the evening chasing after characters, stunned by actors dancing on the walls and ceiling, and just taking in the intricate and creepy decor in the maze of rooms. But this time, I went to try to understand the elaborate network of stories going on. I re-read MacBeth before going, and figured out which characters are which, and how they interact. It added an entire new layer to the experience. Its definitely not for everyone; but for anyone who makes their living or hobby telling stories, I highly recommend going to see how this production company is brilliantly inventing new ways of storytelling.