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Slumber

Members say: Entertaining, Edgy, Funny, Quirky, Clever
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Critics
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8 reviews
Members
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40 reviews
 

Just in time for Halloween, the Hideaway Circus Troupe debuts this dark and twisted interactive horror show featuring awe-inspiring circus artists. Who lives? Who dies? You decide!

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Set in a gritty, neon-lit environment and underscored by electronic pop music, 'Slumber' follows a breathtaking girl squad of elite international circus performers and dancers on the last night of their lives. The show takes the audience on a terrifyingly fun ride as they watch best friends get killed off by one of their own. Ages 21 and up only.

 

Cast & Creatives (15)


Reviews (48)

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53
Avg Score

30
Theatermania

"It is clear that the enthusiastic young acrobats and aerialists of the company really want to put on a good show, but this slapdash attempt at modern circus isn't it...An exciting and intimate opening number cedes to a barely developed wisp of a story that all too often detracts from the circus acts, rather than tying them together in a coherent narrative....What is left is a show that is 40 percent poorly executed cool ideas, 35 percent unrefined talent, and 25 percent intermission." Full Review

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Lighting & Sound America

"These are all standard acts, and even the best of them offers familiarity rather than thrills...Even if the acts were more novel and the humor more, well, humorous, 'Slumber' would still have to contend with its extreme style deficit...If the killing-spree through-line was ever going to amuse, it would need to be presented with some wit and a sophisticated wink...I find it extremely difficult to believe that any intelligent person would be taken in by this empty display of vulgarity sans wit." Full Review

70
Time Out New York

"A notch well above your average Halloween gore-athons...Though the performers have the kind of polish you'd find at Cirque du Soleil, there's a sharper edge. This is cirque nouveau that feels contemporary, sexy and a little bit dangerous...The circus and dance elements are so magnetic that they throw 'Slumber''s shortcomings into sharp relief...Still, it's worth sitting through clunkier elements for the sake of amazing acrobatics and dance—both elegant and alluringly raw." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"Throwing in aerial acts, contortion, dance, and more, 'Slumber' pleases thrill seekers but dies when it tries to be something greater than it can be...Whether it was weak writing or Lee Hubilla’s inability to improv, the direct addresses were nothing short of uncomfortable...Hideaway has something potentially great on their hands but this product was not it. There are far too many flaws that detract from the beauty." Full Review

90
The Reviews Hub

"With amazing aerial acts, contortion, acrobatics, tumbling, break dancing, and clever audience interaction, this piece almost makes one feel bad for enjoying murder so very much...The ensemble is incredible, and under director Josh Aviner’s guidance, rules the space with fervor and delight...A talented cast, a compelling story, phenomenal physical performances, and rollicking energy are a winning combination." Full Review

90
Diandra Reviews it All

"This 'dancical,' as I call it, offers fabulous acrobatics, fresh choreography, and blood...The soundtrack and dance moves of 'Slumber' should be reason enough to journey to Brooklyn...The amount of energy the cast offers in serving high-octane, vibrant physicality kept the audience consistently overjoyed...'Slumber' is like a breath for fresh air to the theatre scene and the dance world. Such a well-choreographed and select cast deserves to be seen." Full Review

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Carey Purcell

"'Slumber' walks the tightrope of balancing style and substance, and, unlike its skilled and talented cast, it is unable to maintain the necessary equilibrium...The real strength of the production comes from the choreography and stunts, which are undeniably impressive...It’s never clear what it it wants to be. A musical? A play? A hipster take on Cirque du Soleil? Its attempt at a story is a detriment to the show, which should either fully develop the plot and characterization or not have any." Full Review

90
BK Reader

"There are gorgeous bodies—male and female—doing superhuman gymnastics, fun dances to catchy tunes and, yes, even pole dancing...The creators have rendered a thoroughly enjoyable evening that is a kind of a 21st-century 'Cabaret,' featuring its own very devilish MC, in the person of the highly amusing and very unstable Lee Hubilla...The rest of the cast contributes with endless energy in bouts of circus play and eye-catching choreography, all directed by Josh Aviner." Full Review

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78
Avg Score

76
Funny, Edgy, Quirky, Overrated, Great staging

See it if You like circuses, dancing music

Don't see it if You don't like loud, acrobatic type shows

89
Exciting, Enchanting, Invigorating, Quirky, Saucy

See it if you crave a combo of high-flying circus acrobatics with a fun, if paper-thin, story. This show was a blast; I left HoY with a huge smile.

Don't see it if you only want the dynamic circus entertainment, since the storyline means you sit for stretches without aerials and acrobatics.

95
Edgy, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you love cirque, pop music, murderous vibes, pop culture references, night clubs

Don't see it if kids, uncomfortable with blood (or possibly getting a little on you), faint hearted

10
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to be bored to tears by annoying music and obnoxious girls imitating obnoxious girls. The one high point is the male of the cast.

Don't see it if You would like to save your money on something that is actually a worth while evening at the theater. This show had such promise. Failure.

73
Edgy, Intense, Confusing, Fluffy

See it if you like hypersexualized, highly-stylized violence, à la modern action flicks. Also pounding dancehall pop, contortionism, and acrobatics.

Don't see it if You are expecting a narrative, dislike revenge plots, or don't want to see attempted rape and accomplished murder onstage.

75
Funny, Great acting, Confusing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if want a fun night out. The show was a little too quick for my liking, but we still enjoyed it. The main actress was great. Great Soundtrack.

Don't see it if expecting an amazing story-line and cirque type performances.

Also The staging and seating was not done very well. They needed to raise t... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging

See it if You like circus performance. This troupe was excellent!

Don't see it if Fake blood bothers you. The show was full of dark humor.

79
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Messy, Bloody

See it if you like campy, bloody fun with talented dancers with different specialties.

Don't see it if want to see a tight show with a strong storyline.

69
Dizzying, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like sexy aerial acts and dance numbers, pop music in nightclubs.

Don't see it if you live in Manhattan and don't have any other plans in Brooklyn for the night.

75
Absorbing, Dizzying, Intense, Entertaining, Spectacle-based

See it if you enjoy circus acts and great movement numbers, you enjoy electronic pop music, you love stunning human visuals

Don't see it if you want a really strong plot, you don't care for spectacle, you want something 'substantial' in terms of acting and story

71
Indulgent, Disappointing, Fluffy, Great dancing, Sexy

See it if you're looking for a sexy start to your night out. No serious plot but a few great circus acts and some even better dancing!

Don't see it if you're expecting any real "theatre". This could be labeled kids having fun and it would work just as well. It's fun to look at. That's it.

92
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You love acrobatics, flying thru the air, etc. While a psychotic lady is killing her friends one by one. Time flies by.

Don't see it if You don't like loud pop music. But what a fun show. 90 minutes.

79
Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy strong acrobats and dancers. A fun entertaining 85 minute show with an intermission.

Don't see it if you are looking for a straight forward play with plot and dialogue.

70
Ambitious, Edgy, Indulgent, Confusing, Great acrobatics

See it if you enjoy excellent acrobatics on poles, silks, etc. The performers are wonderful making great use of the space and facilities.

Don't see it if you have any expectation of plot, writing, theme, etc. The costumes are not even glittery or glamorous which is a trademark of House of Yes.

99
Exciting, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Amazing

See it if You like to be amazed and totally entertained. You like amazing dancing and acrobatics. You like different and awesome stuff, this is it.

Don't see it if You don't want to be amazed. You don't like amazing dancing and movement. You don't like acrobatics.

73
Excruciating, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy impressive aerial performers, talented contortionists, and exuberant dancing.

Don't see it if you expect a substantial story line and clever writing. Audience participation didn't really work.

73
Quirky, Raunchy, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like energetic dancing

Don't see it if You've seen Paramour or Cirque shows

68
Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if the cast seemed to have fun and the soundtrack was fun electropop. But it's more spectacle than show. And I got blood spit on my clothes.

Don't see it if You don't like acrobatics.

81
Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great dancing, Cirque

See it if You are sick of be perfect, to see perfect shows. Just relax there:)

Don't see it if You don't like "blood"

72
Funny, Ambitious, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if you like-avant garde dance productions-horror films-cirque de soleil-edm music

Don't see it if you want-a plot-character development-elaborate set design. don't like strobe lights throughout production.

83
Funny, Delightful, Raunchy, Interactive, Entertaining

See it if you like dark and funny humor, you have an open mind, like drinking games and scantily clad hot people dancing and circusing all around you

Don't see it if you're squeamish with a little blood, don't like cursing, participating with your theater or dance/club music & performers moving around

89
Clever, Edgy, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like circus acts, aerial silks, or modern dance. You enjoy dark humor and horror.

Don't see it if You don't like the sight of blood, or if you're not a fan of dance, immersive theatre, or horror themes.

85
Funny, Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you'd enjoy a fun blend of circus, dance music, comedy, and murder. The physical movement is amazing, especially in an intimate space.

Don't see it if You want something more traditional or care deeply about plot and character development.

78
Ambitious, Delightful, Edgy, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You love hip hop, trapeze, and stunts. The cast is really talented and fun. The moves were precise and staging was effective.

Don't see it if The story was a bit light, but it didn't need to be deep. The lead had a mumbly voice, but it kind of worked for the character.

89
Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You're fed up with "old school circus" and want to see something dynamic, new, and modern

Don't see it if for you , circus means "stupid clown" and performance that you've already seen an 100 times