NY – The beginning of March is challenging at best, especially in New York City. Soot-stained snow beaten into ugly, icy submission by boots trudging through grey days that feel like a prison sentence one must endure in order to earn Spring. In other words, it’s the perfect time to escape down a rabbit hole into a Technicolor dreamscape reminiscent of Manhattan’s smash hit, “Sleep No More.”
1) Set in an abandoned three-floor, century-old institutional facility in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, “Then She Fell” is an immersive experience that uses music, dance and exquisite set design to tell the enchanting and, at times, troubling story of the relationship that spawned “Alice In Wonderland.” With Lewis Carroll’s life and letters serving as the inspiration and backdrop, the journey through The Kingsland Ward at St. John’s is hallucinatory and mesmerizing – made more so by the limit of 15 audience members per show. After being given the “hospital rules” by the “head nurse” and handed over skeleton keys, you’re encouraged to explore the rooms on your own but really, you’re guided through the evening by, at times, Alice, Lewis Carroll, the White Queen and/or the Queen of Hearts.
With beautiful madness playing out around you, keys unearth clues that flesh out a deranged history all while you’re drinking mystery elixirs custom designed by one of NYC’s foremost mixologists, served in tiny corked vials.
2) Following this two hour adventure, you’re bound to be hungry and in need of a debrief with your fellow theater-goers so luckily The Saint Austere is nearby and more than up to the task. Order the Warm Butternut Squash for the table (they can hold the prosciutto for vegetarians) and chatter about the psychedelic freak-show you just witnessed, but be sure to pass the Pattatas Brava so everyone gets a bite before it disappears.
3. If you’re more parched than peckish, “The Drink” has you covered. I’d recommend ordering punch, which they’re known for – all their punches are made with fresh juices, premium spirits, house made syrups, tinctures and fresh herbs. What’s more, they have punch bowls (!) if your group is super-thirsty.
And after the night you just had trust me, you’ll be super-thirsty.
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