I had such an unexpectedly nice time at Sleep No More the other night.
I had decided I need to take a break from the show for a while (which I will still do - good to go out on a high note). I wasn’t expecting much, so got there late, went in with the threes.
The first character I saw was Agnes. I did a triple take. It was SOPHIE BORTOLUSSI.
Just a couple months ago I was watching her brilliant performances as Wendy and Drugstore Girl in The Drowned Man. Almost three years ago (!!) she was my definitive Lady Macbeth in Sleep No More.
Sophie is so talented, so expressive, always gives her all - it’s such a treasure to watch her perform.
I spent most of the show back and forth between Agnes and my favorite Porter. Austin’s little sinking boat thing is the best. He’s developed his take on the character so well, with a couple of wonderful moments that are reminiscent of Paul’s, but also many lovely moments that are his own.
I took a brief diversion to run an errand for Hecate - Zhauna Franks is spectacular. And even if you know the story, spending a single show with both Hecate and the Porter provides a great sense of thematic and emotional continuity… shipwrecks and rings and lots of tears.
I was also impressed by Megh Dixon and Tara Franklin as the women in bar, and the great Cinderella stories event afterward.
The whole night was a nice reminder that the magical moments tend to happen when you least expect them.