I went to a club last night! Yeah, I’m a rebel. I went to a Supper Club…dragged by my daughter kicking and screaming and only after she hit me below the belt with, “I paid $185 apiece for these tickets and we’re going”. So we went.
The first venue was a Supper Club setting in the 1940s, named “The Heath” in Chelsea (west 27th street in Manhattan). The band was wearing tuxedos! Like bands did during the big band era. There was your waiter and then, there were two or three hostesses mingling with the guests meandering from table to table. This was a nice touch. I swear I half expected Benny Goodman Orchestra to pop in. The service was excellent, the lighting was awesome and the food out of this world. I even found parking on the block. What are the odds of that happening!
Then it was onto the McKittrick Hotel (1939) next door for the Sleep No More experience. It turned out to be an event. A play where not only the actors went not on stage, the audience was walking on and off the stages with them going up and down stairs. And this was done in total darkness. Well, there was minimal lighting for safety. You were supposed to follow the characters as they moved from stage to stage. I found that out later. I was sorta on a -you follow one, you lose one, you follow another. Plus I was doing a lot of browsing of all the stuff. It felt like I was in an antique shop. It was an experience. It wasn’t until the end that I learned that I was embroiled in a performance of MacBeth.
At the end of all stumbling in the dark there was a quartet. No tuxedos just really good jazz quartet. They did Sinatra type music. It was great.
Aaah!!! And it went on. Two sets! That alone was worth stumbling in the dark with masks on. There was also guitar group, the lead guitarist sounded like Antonio Carlos Jobim the Brazilian singer, songwriter, producer and master of all things bossa nova back in the day. It was awesome!
It was a surprise so I got to do my research after. So, on my return visit I’ll have a deeper appreciation for the event.
Oh yeah, I’m a rebel I went out on a Wednesday night.
Sleep No More is the most recent incarnation of an immersive, site-specific, interactive work of theatre created by British theatre company Punchdrunk, based on Punchdrunk’s original 2003 London production, their 2009 collaboration with Boston’s American Repertory Theatre, and William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The company reinvented Sleep (Wikipedia)
McKittrick Hotel (1939)was a fancy hotel in its day, did not last too long as WII came along and changed most people’s fortune, even the rich.
The review I found that best described the experience, especially what I missed can be found here