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Sleep No More Remixed: Version 2.0, April Fool's Joke, Or Phishing Scam?

Sleep No More Remixed: Version 2.0, April Fool's Joke, Or Phishing Scam?

Prior to receiving the above "telegram" today, we've been to the McKittirck Hotel twice to engage with Punchdrunk's Sleep No More.

Now, it seems the production is about to undergo a radical change.

Or engage in an April Fool's Day prank against would be returning customers.

Or maybe, as the click through site tells you to return in two days to purchase tickets, it's simply a phishing scam to get your credit card data.

Either way, it's an intriguing mystery.

Of all the options, the April 1 date leads us to believe it will merely be an April Fool's prank. But it's odd if this is merely a marketing ploy. The production has been routinely sold out and extended for months. Perhaps the hotel's marketers think Fair is foul, and foul is fair.

As for needing to "remix" the show, this seems unnecessary. There are something like 96 rooms in Sleep No More across about 100,000 square feet, so repeat "hotel guests" can easily remix each visit on their own. Between the first and second time we saw it, we discovered an entire floor (!) we'd missed the first time, and finally saw the goat blood-covered, strobe lit naked orgy we'd heard so much about after our first time. Perhaps this is just Something wicked this way comes.

Or maybe it's a Hitchcockian/Scottish take on ye ol' Ethiopian spam scam. Could just be Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Perhaps we shall sleep no more until we get to the bottom of this.

Got a clue? Get at us.

@steven_thrasher | sthrasher@villagevoice.com


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