Diana: "I do think it seems a tad convenient that the only way to [avoid Max] was to snog Nate."
Ivy: "Oh, are you British? I couldn't tell."
Diana: "I'm putting a stop to this flirting and dating between you two."
Ivy: "Fine, whatever. We're not flirting. Or dating. You are a madwoman. How you gonna break up our fake dating relationship, pray tell?"
Diana: "You're gonna ask him out on a date."
Ivy: "...The fuck? You are the dumbest idea this show's had since Milo."
Chuck: "They're voting on Gossip Girl, and apparently it's feminism that they want you to pick Elizabeth Hurley over Ivy."
Nate: "I don't want to pick anybody. I want to just not make decisions or think thoughts."
Chuck: "Let's talk about me now. Have you heard of Sleep No More?"
Nate: "Yeah. Shakespeare's so boring and hard to understand. I need them to dress it up in a lot of pretentious dramaturgy and make it into a haunted house so I have stuff to look at while they flap their Elizabethan gums and then vaguely feel like I've had a cultural experience."
Chuck: "People like you are why 3-D is a thing."
Nate: "Hey, whatever's good enough for Pink is good enough for me."
Chuck: "...And whatever's good enough for this show is good enough for the characters on this show. I'm throwing a benefit for duckpond refugees tonight, and all our idiot illiterate friends are going to the haunted house, so you should come."
Nate: "Ivy just invited me to this while you were saying that. That's just how this show works now."
I mean, I love the idea of Sleep No More, in that with a firm grounding in the liberal arts you're allowed to play around with ideas and tropes and performance realities and relational art blah-blah. I love haunted houses because they are little plays art-directed for only me, and I love Shakespeare, and Macbeth is perfect for the treatment here. I'm sure the people involved are brilliant, and the acclaim the show's getting is totally earned... But how cynical, how art-appreciation, the buzz instantly became. I mean, don't judge the thing -- this show included -- solely by the people who like the thing.
Except you kind of have to, in this case, because of Akiva Goldsman: Do we go to this show because it works thematically within the larger context of the season and the episode? Or do we go to the show because it's a thing happening in New York right now that might be cool or not, people say it's cool, I saw several headlines about it on various websites, it gets inches. Regardless of the viewpoint, the quality of the show stays the same. It's just hard to trust anything anymore.