Slumber
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Slumber NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(40 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
5%
Negative
2%
Members say
Entertaining, Edgy, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious

About the Show

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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Member Reviews (40)

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71
Disappointing, Great dancing, Fluffy, Indulgent, 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.

68
Entertaining, Indulgent

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.

Critic Reviews (8)

Time Out New York
October 11th, 2016

"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."
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Theatermania
October 11th, 2016

"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."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 12th, 2016

"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."
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Theater In The Now
October 13th, 2016

"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."
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Diandra Reviews it All
October 16th, 2016

"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."
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T
October 10th, 2016

"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."
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Carey Purcell
October 12th, 2016

"'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."
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BK Reader
October 11th, 2016

"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."
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