Vicky Shick’s “Pathétique/Miniatures in Detail” is playing at the West End Theater as part of the Soaking Wet series.
Omagbitse in the NY Times!
SNM #33—Sunday, April 13, 2014
After receiving last minute news about needing to be in NYC on Monday, I made an impromptu ticket purchase to Sleep No More on Sunday night. I wasn’t planning on being back at the show so soon, but when in town, it’s hard to resist. The show is still lovely and I had a good night, but I find the draw these days is more about the people and the actors. And less about the actual show. My favorite parts of the night happened in Manderley…
I was greeted by Julian (Zach Martens) and Daphne (Tara Franklin), who I’d never met before. I would come back later in the evening to spend time with Julian who introduced me to Astrid (Rosalie Lowe). Astrid has some big shoes to fill, but her presence is good. She never invited me for a reading—I invited myself, But she accepted me with open arms. And provided some very accurate insights. She read my palm and then we did two card readings—one in more general terms and one short one that got more specific. I enjoyed the time invested with her and didn’t mind one bit that I missed half of the third loop.
-Matty Oaks Porter. I’ve come to learn that whenever you see Matty in the building, you follow him. No matter what. Stop who you were following and stick with Matty. And so I did. His Porter is wonderful. Swishy and flippy and gay. I loved it! During the first loop, I received his 1:1 as default since I was the only follower. It was everything it should be and more. And different than other Porters which was great. I had lots of little moments with him on that first loop—oftentimes catching glances in all the different mirrors. We found each other again during the finale and he walked me out after the show.
-Miguel Anaya Banquo. I’d heard rumors about this so i was excited to see it in person. Miguel is such an accomplished dancer it was nice to see him actually move. He takes some quiet moments with BQ, which I liked. And he brought his own skills to the lost luggage solo. I missed out on the 1:1, but he had quite the following, as he should.
-Two completely new faces for me: Ernesto Breton as Fulton and Kenna Tuski as Bald Witch. I never spent much time with either. I will report that I’d like to spend more time with Ernesto, but I was having trouble connecting with Kenna. She actually kicked my leg during the 2nd ballroom. I still haven’t decided if it was on purpose or by accident. Was I too close? Was she just being hostile? I don’t know. But I didn’t like it.
-Followed James Graber Taxidermist for the last bit of the third loop. His 3rd floor antics are still highly entertaining. He talks to himself—a lot! But that’s what makes it so good.
The after-show in Manderley was probably my favorite part. Ran into some old friends and new ones and just had a wonderful time chatting away and drinking cocktails. Not sure when I’ll be back. I’m ready for another long break so I can actually “miss” the show. But I also like being a part of the SNM community. So, it’s a tough call.
Until we meet in Manderley again…
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Are you asking for advice or is this a hypothetical question about who’s the one character I would chose to follow?
I try never to tell anyone WHO they should follow. As they say, “follow whoever or whatever interests you.” I think that’s the beauty of a Punchdrunk show. You have the choice to make your own show and everyone has an individual experience. I’m not sure there are even any “must see” scenes. If you happen to “miss” something, so be it. It means you were engaged elsewhere in the building. And that’s great!
If this is a hypothetical question about which one character I would follow if I was only allowed one show… well, I would probably pick Macbeth… or Boy Witch… or any of the Witches. Oh god, I don’t know. I love so many things in that show.
For The Drowned Man, I suppose I would pick Conrad… or Wendy… Or Marshall… or William… Again, so many choices!
Hope this answers your question…
So, I just downloaded a Greatest Hits album from Doris Day. Not sure why—but Que Sera, Sera. It was just the kind of mood I was in today. I didn’t realize that Doris Day recorded a version of "Close Your Eyes." The Al Bowlly version instantly brings me back to the McKittrick. But I’m really enjoying this version too. It’s fun to hear a “new” version of a song you know so well.
Hmmm, an “immersive” Les Miz? Sounds interesting. Although, I guess it’s more of an immersive pre-show and post-show, but still sounds interesting.
Garth first came onto my radar as Boy Witch. Legend has it that he was recruited to SNM by school chum Austin Goodwin. For a while, I thought of him as Austin’s prodigy. But Garth totally came into his own and made a name for himself inside the McKittrick. Truly an accompilshed and talented dancer with amazing technical skill and wonderful characterizations.
I’ve had a long history with the Boy Witch character, but even in Show #9—when I was supposed to be exploring new things—I found myself drawn in by Garth’s mesmerizing stares and amazing dancing. He wasn’t someone I was necessarily naturally drawn to. It was more about following the character of Boy Witch, but Garth won me over. I enjoyed his growth as a performer, his hospitality and his genuine love of the art he was creating.
We had our tumble on the stairs moment which probably serves as one of my top 3 most embarrassing moments in the McKittrick. Thus making Garth truly unforgettable in my book. I’d spend many other shows with his Boy Witch—tearing up at his cabaret; helping him dress after the rave. More than once I was lucky to have his Boy Witch lead me to the banquet, when other Boy Witches seemed to ignore me completely. Garth was always there for me and such a reliable performer.
And then Garth started to take on other roles. Soon it seemed like Garth was everywhere all at once. His Macuff blew me away with his athletic dancing and emotional moments. His Fulton gave me a full mud mask and showed me new things I hadn’t seen before. I never had the chance to spend a full loop with his Taxidermist, Porter or Speakeasy Bartender, but it was always a thrill to see Garth doing something new.
I hear Garth is off to take on even more new adventures. But his spirit and wonderful dancing will definitely be missed in the McKittrick. I only see wonderful things for this kid. I have no doubt that all his dreams will come true and he seems to be dreaming the hardest.
“I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night — there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.”