"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"'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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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