It’s hard to depict what being on drugs is like but eccentric Brooklyn club, House of Yes, has come pretty close with their latest original offering, Ketamine: The Musical. Described by the venue as “an immersive, participatory, psychoactive and dissociative spectacle” with “so much music it will swallow you ‘hole’,” the theatrical show follows lead actor, Justin Ketchner, on an epic night out, complete with sensual aerialists, dancing cupcakes, steamy make-out sessions, a Jamiroquai homage, and a rapping Mad Hatter MC.
Ketamine exists in the same vein as the much-loved NYC show, Queen of The Night. Lights flash, sequins shimmer, clothing disappears, and audience members become part of the experience (sit in the back if you are shy). We don’t want to reveal the whole surprise, but two lucky attendees get pulled out of the crowd to take in the show from a very special seat.
Like all House of Yes events, Ketamine is drenched in the distinctive Burning-Man-in-Bushwick vibe that makes the location a must-see nightlife hotspot. The venue, which is described by founders as “a temple of expression” recently hosted concerts by wavy band, Glass Animals, and EDM King, Skrillex. Manhattanites who assume that House of Yes’ Wyckoff Avenue address indicates a rougher setting will be pleasantly surprised (hint: they have the best bathrooms in the five boroughs).
Scene-after-scene of Ketamine brought gasps, leers, and cheers from the audience. David Kiss and Sir KN8’s original music coupled with lighting design by Dan Alaimo and a visual parade of inspired costumes made for a musical production straight out of a Broadway Queen’s surreal dream.
Ketamine: The Musical is the ultimate immersive entertainment experience. Scenes of euphoric beginnings, an ill advised “after-after-after” party, a redemptive shower the next morning, and everything in between will bring back fuzzy memories for those nights that you can’t quite recall.
The show returns on September 26th and 27th. Nab tickets while you can and prepare for a wild ride!