Sleep No More - Chelsea, Midtown
Text Giulio Perticari
Illustration John Roberts
At the end of a long line in front of the entrance, an intimidating bouncer checks visitors’ tickets and cards the ones who look underage. Behind the door, a dark hallway leads to a coatcheck, where a smartly dressed woman welcomes visitors to the McKittrick Hotel and hands out a white mask, which must be worn during the entirety of the show. She asks everyone to refrain from using phones or talking to each other, and then points to a room that turns out to be an elevator. A plump man wearing baggy khaki pants and flip-flops turns to a friend: “Thank god! I won’t have to see your ugly face or listen to your annoying voice!” The friend doesn’t miss a beat: “Should I go ask her for a plastic poncho to cover your basic t-shirt?” The elevator opens its doors to a speakeasy bar called Manderley, where jazz music is playing and Old Fashions are served.
SLEEP NO MORE - 530 W 27TH ST, CHELSEA, NEW YORK, NY 10001