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A ketamine-themed musical is coming to New York

Ketamine: The Musical is on course to hoover up praise from critics

In the last ten years, ketamine has become intrinsically linked with nightlife, while also being developed as a drug to aid depression and PTSD. Now, it’s the subject of a new musical debuting in Brooklyn, New York, later this month.

Ketamine: The Musical will open 17-19 August at House of Yes, an art space and club in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s been described as “an immersive, participatory, psychoactive and dissociative spectacle”.

The House Of Yes description reads: "You will not be able to unsee, unhear or unfeel the things that you will see, hear and feel. Profound and numbing, time will stand still as circus, dance, balloons, horses, clowns, sugar and music, so much music swallow you hole. You will be educated and entertained. You will leave a changed human being.” 

Though initially booked for the one night, serious public demand means two other dates have been added.

It's one hour and 15 minutes long, but it's promised to feel like “an eternity (the fun and scary kind),” the description continued. And it’s seated “because obviously you can’t stand on ketamine”. Obviously. If you’ve ever witnessed a gruesome k-hole in the corner of a sticky-floored club in the middle of an 8-hour Ricardo Villalobos set, you’ll maybe get the need for appropriate seating arrangements.

Tickets for the shows seem to have all sold out, as the show team notes, “because apparently ketamine is very popular”. It's got a pretty spot-on tier system, ranging from ‘Mildly Swervy’, to ‘Totally Disassociated’ and ‘Tranquilized’ for VIPs – if you know you know.