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Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)

Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)

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#1Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 6/21/24 at 12:40pm

Emursive's new Financial District show began performances last night. Has anyone been? Is anyone going?

 

I'm so curious, but I find it hard to stomach spending $160 with no reports yet on how the shoe is (or even WHAT the show is)!

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#2Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 6/21/24 at 1:02pm

I’m going on July 4th in the hopes that crowds will be smaller because of the holiday. My only negative feelings toward Sleep No More have been due to audience size/behavior and would really like to avoid that as much as possible. Early reports indicate there are arguably too many people admitted per show.

As far as the show itself, I know several people working on it and who have seen it in either at a dress rehearsal or preview, and word of mouth is pretty great. I’m hearing the design in particular is excellent, so it’ll be worth it just to take in the various environments. One friend said it was like Sleep No More, but leveled up and less overtly spooky.

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#3Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 6/21/24 at 1:08pm

I've been hearing positive things- and that it's an adaptation of Faust set in a bank in 1929 on the eve of the crash and it's a huge 6-floor production that rivals Sleep No More. They also require phones to be locked into pouches once you check in.

I have been to the space during the day, though, where it operates as Conwell Coffee. It's a beautiful art deco room with a massive mural that looks truly straight from the era (and apparently contains allusions and hints to the production, naturally).


"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."

chrishuyen
#4Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 6/21/24 at 1:37pm

Someone I know mentioned they felt like they fixed some of the problems with Sleep No More, namely having wider hallways/stairs and that the space is huge.  From online chatter it seems like the story may be a lot more loosely involved, and at least one person complained about being in dead zones too much with not being able to figure out where things were happening.  I think they're doing a "preview" period, so this might be something that gets fixed over time too.  And like Sleep No More, different parts of the story do loop.

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#5Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 6/21/24 at 1:39pm

This is also the world premiere of this particular show, so I can only imagine the next few weeks will see a lot of adjustments.


"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."

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#6Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 6/21/24 at 2:00pm

It’s essentially Faust and Dorian Gray remixed and set on the eve of The Great Crash of ‘29. Faust analog character is the owner of the bank where the whole thing takes place; and Mephistopheles, Dorian Gray, and Evelyn Nesbit are characters that come in and out of each other’s stories. Similar to Sleep No More and most immersive shows, the whole thing loops. However, this one is two longer loops, rather than three.

Oh, and you have to wear a mask. It’s larger than the Sleep No More mask.

That’s all the context I have for the content of the show.

Updated On: 6/21/24 at 02:00 PM

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#7Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 6/21/24 at 5:34pm

All we really want to know is: is there as much nudity as SLEEP NO MORE? If so, sign us up.

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#8Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 6/21/24 at 7:51pm

chrishuyen said: "Someone I know mentioned they felt like they fixed some of the problems with Sleep No More, namely having wider hallways/stairs and that the space is huge. From online chatter it seems like the story may be a lot more loosely involved, and at least one person complained about being in dead zones too much with not being able to figure out where things were happening. I think they're doing a "preview" period, so this might be something that gets fixed over time too. And like Sleep No More, different parts of the story do loop."

No, SNM crowds are worse than ever. You feel at a poorly organized massive event and the mystery and tension are gone.

Will report on Life and Trust soon.


Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE

chrishuyen
#9Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 6/21/24 at 7:56pm

blaxx said: "chrishuyen said: "Someone I know mentioned they felt like they fixed some of the problems with Sleep No More, namely having wider hallways/stairs and that the space is huge. From online chatter it seems like the story may be a lot more loosely involved, and at least one person complained about being in dead zones too much with not being able to figure out where things were happening. I think they're doing a "preview" period, so this might be something that gets fixed over time too. And like Sleep No More, different parts of the story do loop."

No, SNM crowds are worse than ever. You feel at a poorly organized massive event and the mystery and tension are gone.

Will report on Life and Trust soon.
"

Oh to be clear, I meant that was the issue in Sleep No More that they fixed in Life and Trust by having wider staircases etc. At least that's what I was told, anyhow. 

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#10Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 6/21/24 at 10:19pm

chrishuyen said: "blaxx said: "chrishuyen said: "Someone I know mentioned they felt like they fixed some of the problems with Sleep No More, namely having wider hallways/stairs and that the space is huge. From online chatter it seems like the story may be a lot more loosely involved, and at least one person complained about being in dead zones too much with not being able to figure out where things were happening. I think they're doing a "preview" period, so this might be something that gets fixed over time too. And like Sleep No More, different parts of the story do loop."

No, SNM crowds are worse than ever. You feel at a poorly organized massive event and the mystery and tension are gone.

Will report on Life and Trust soon.
"

Oh to be clear, I meant that was the issue in Sleep No More that they fixed in Life and Trust by having wider staircases etc. At least that's what I was told, anyhow.
"

I see, thanks for clarifying.


Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE

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#11Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 7/1/24 at 3:37pm

Yes,it's incredibly derivative, if not a carbon copy of Punchdrunk works. And it's impressive!

Beside the unintentionally laughable and over-the-top prologue, the level of detail throughout the six floors is mind blowing.

The finale is worth the price of admission alone.


Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE

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#12Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 7/4/24 at 10:12pm

A cheap - though clearly very expensively produced - imitation of Sleep No More in nearly every way: from the dimly lit, pseudo maze of an entry; to the clunky Venetian masks; to the horrendous audience behavior. I didn’t stay until the finale, so I can’t give my take on the show as a whole, but I was bored enough and had been bodychecked enough that I decided it wasn’t worth the further disappointment.

My biggest complaint is that the space is oppressively humid. My heart goes out to those poor performers who have to throw themselves all over the place and climb 8,000,000 stairs in thick fabrics. I definitely would recommend waiting until the cooler months to see this, if you must. But opening in the dead of summer in this space is… a choice. It just makes all the shoving and overcrowding even more annoying.

It felt like there was too much dead space. For at least 20 minutes after entry, there was not a single performer to be found. Granted, I was in the first entry group; but even once I started encountering performers, it felt like whole floors of the building were completely empty for large swaths of time. Sure, the design is detailed, but what is it all for? There’s very little that kept me interested enough to linger in any of the empty rooms. And when they are filled, it’s to do a little dance that comes out of nowhere and then move on. Usually to walk long distances to get to their next scene on a different floor. Unlike Sleep No More, which uses choreography to convey plot or character, Life and Trust’s choreography and direction feel distinctly separate from each other.

Your mileage may vary on how enjoyable an experience it is, but I feel slighted. If Sleep No More is like walking into a dream, Life and Trust is like struggling to wake up from a sleeping pill induced mini coma. Laborious. Overlong. I wish I could get my money back, to be honest.

Updated On: 7/4/24 at 10:12 PM

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#13Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 7/5/24 at 10:29pm

ColorTheHours048 said: "A cheap - though clearly very expensively produced - imitation of Sleep No More in nearly every way: from the dimly lit, pseudo maze of an entry; to the clunkyVenetian masks; to the horrendous audience behavior. I didn’t stay until the finale, so I can’t give my take on the show as a whole, but I was bored enough and had been bodychecked enough that I decided it wasn’t worth the further disappointment.

My biggest complaint is that the space is oppressively humid. My heart goes out to those poor performers who have to throw themselves all over the place and climb 8,000,000 stairs in thick fabrics. I definitely would recommend waiting until the cooler months to see this, if you must. But opening in the dead of summer in this space is… a choice. It just makes all the shoving and overcrowding even more annoying.

It felt like there was too much dead space. For at least 20 minutes after entry, there was not a single performer to be found. Granted, I was in the first entry group;but even once I started encountering performers, it felt like whole floors of the building were completely empty for large swaths of time. Sure, the design is detailed, but what is it all for? There’s very little that kept me interested enough to linger in any of the empty rooms. And when they are filled, it’s to do a little dance that comes out of nowhere and then move on. Usually to walk long distances to get to their next scene on a different floor. Unlike Sleep No More, which uses choreography to convey plot or character, Life and Trust’s choreography and direction feel distinctly separate from each other.

Your mileage may vary on how enjoyable an experience it is, but I feel slighted. If Sleep No More is like walking into a dream, Life and Trust is like struggling to wake up from a sleeping pill induced mini coma. Laborious. Overlong. I wish I could get my money back, to be honest.
"

You may not have liked it, but it's anything but cheap. Certainly much more elaborate than SNM.


Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE

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#14Life and Trust (from the Sleep No More producers)
Posted: 7/6/24 at 7:56am

Blaxx, no offense, but you seem to be having some reading comprehension problems in this thread. I know it’s expensively produced, and acknowledged that in my post. In the first sentence, even.

I meant it’s cheap in that it’s an easy ripoff. They copied Sleep No More’s aesthetic nearly wholesale, from the moment you enter. Sorry for not elaborating on my singular word choice.


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