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Brooklyn | 1h 20m | Already closed

Slumber

From 8 critic and 40 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Edgy, Funny, Quirky, Clever

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! More…

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.

1h 20m | Already closed | House of Yes (Brooklyn)


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

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
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

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

45
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

40
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

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

15
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


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.

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

95
Funny, Edgy, Intense, Must see

See it if amazing acrobatics by these young man and women

Don't see it if bad acting tho

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.

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.

90
Funny, Edgy, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if you like acrobatic performances, like Cirque du Soleil, and would like to see some great dance routines.

Don't see it if you don't like: acrobatic performances, gore, electropop; want a more structured plot (which the performance MORE than makes up for).

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.

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.

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

85
Funny, Edgy, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great acrobatics

See it if You enjoy dark humor (the kind found in Scream Queens or Heathers), horror films and circus acrobatics, and are looking for Halloween fun

Don't see it if You're squeamish about fake blood, offended by dark humor, or want a plot and not just a loose framework tying together dance and acrobatics

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.

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

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"

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.

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.

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.

77
Funny, Riveting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy acrobatic performances, looking for something visually entertaining, like electo-pop/dance music.

Don't see it if You can't handle blood (very obviously stage blood, but there is quite a bit of it) or are looking for a solid/developed plot.

Also I've seen many cirque type shows and the acrobatics in this one are st... Read more Read less

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

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You're looking for skilled circus performers, pleasing choreography with a raw edge

Don't see it if You're looking for something traditional, linear, or where the "plot" served as more than a framing device

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

75
Funny, Edgy, Entertaining, Fun, Great acrobats

See it if You like circus. This is pretty much a circus/cabaret show with a bit of a fun story

Don't see it if You want to see something deep with a great story.

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

75
Dizzying, Edgy, Entertaining, Amusing, Makes the audience appreciate the perfomers' abilities

See it if ...you appreciate circus acts, dancing, acrobatics, the human body.

Don't see it if ...you are turned off by blood, violence, and loud music.

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.

73
Dizzying, Edgy, Refreshing, Amazing hip hop dance, Incredible circus skill

See it if You love circus skills and dance, and you don't really need a strong storyline too much. It's an incredible show of skill.

Don't see it if You crave a heavy-hitting drama or musical. This show is FUN and wild, yet the narrative isn't the focal point.


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