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New Plays
Sleep No More, MoLoRa and Silence! The Musical

From West Side Story to Clueless, we've always been keen on creative reinterpretations of famous literary texts. This summer's theater crop is no exception, bringing new light to classic stories. Below, three plays that resurrect the past:

Sleep No More For a truly captivating (and terrifying) take on Macbeth, get thee to the abandoned Chelsea McKittrick Hotel for a haunting and wordless wild ride. Audience members wear Venetian masks and spend the show's duration wandering Noir-style rooms filled with clues from, and allusions to, The Scottish Play. Don't worry: You need not be a Shakespeare buff to appreciate the immersive experience. $75, through September 5; The McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th St. (between 10th and 11th aves.); 866-811-4111 or

MoLoRa The Greek tragedy Oresteia--that's the cheery one where Electra and Orestes kill their mother to avenge their father--is re-imagined as a post-Apartheid South African dance and drama in this limited engagement at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. Xhosa tribespeople comprise the traditional Greek chorus, creating an eerie, powerful soundtrack (thanks to calabashes, skin drums and guttural chanting). $45 to $75, through July 24; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 405 W. 55th St. (at 9th Ave.); 212- 405-9000 or

Silence! The Musical While it's not exactly Shakespeare or Aeschylus, Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs is certainly a cult classic. And now Hannibal fans can get a new, ahem, taste with this award-winning parody that recasts Lecter as a swaggering tenor with a penchant for ballads. $38 to $65, through August 27; Theater 80, 80 St. Marks Pl. (at First Ave.); 212-388-0388 or

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