Location, New York City. Time, 8:07 PM. Suit, Valentino (Couture)
The scrim highlights the traces of Patrick Batemans red-hot apartment as he presents his hardbody to the audience. He charismatically confesses the urge to kill his friends while simultaneously winning over Broadway goers. With a Gagaosian quality, the show presents itself as a decadent feast of style that is sure to entertain millennials. The story is brought to the stage by masterminds Duncan Sheik & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and follows the hedonistic life of Patrick Bateman played by Benjamin Walker. All of who execute a devilishly styled interpretation of the controversial novel American Psycho. The production emphasizes the disparity between carnal pleasure and sustainable happiness as the story’s antihero creates a world filled with a void that can only be satiated with murder. Synth and sex take center stage as the audience experiences a sensory overload of visualness that ultimately questions reality. A reality built on a consumeristic mindset that makes you feel hollow and want something more. As Bateman states, “although I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel my flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.” An unraveling begins to occur that ultimately connects with viewers during the final moments of AP. Thus, cathartically landing the novels existential identity crisis into a moment that feels as comforting as the tracking on your favorite VHS tape.
For tickets and more information go to American Psycho.