So the show starts off with Joyce (sister of autistic brother) and Andy (autistic brother) dancing. They were both copying each other’s dance moves to try their best to dance in sync. Joyce usually gets frustrated because at some points Andy just zones out and doesn’t follow her and they end up in an altercation.
But then the theater went dark and I put real life out of my head as three actors came out onto the bare-bones, metal-chairs-and-imagination-only stage and started performing. Created by The Dirty Blondes, a self-described feminist theater company, The American Play, went into a lot of issues that are hugely relevant and important in society right now through the lens of the very gruesome 1991 satirical novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. Alternating between scenes of a police interrogation, flashbacks to a crime, and comments from online forums regarding the crime, the play covers everything from friendship, patriarchal entitlement, and idolatry to the internet, bullying, and rape.
First of all, a Docu-Musical? What was that supposed to be, just a musical that's based on a true story? Or perhaps it had to do with a series of interviews conducted entirely in song, where I guess this mysterious Steve would be the interviewee. My curiosity prompted me to attend the show...
PXP was lucky enough to get in touch with Devin Heater, Nick Carrillo, and Langston Belton, the creative team behind G.U.S., one of the 200 shows appearing in New York City's 19th annual Fringe Festival:
1) Complete this sentence: G.U.S. is the only play in Fringe NYC that...
Nick: Will be improvised, but still have a full play structure.
So I really enjoy CSI-type shows, I mean I want to be a forensic scientist for Pete’s sake, so when Perfect Crime advertised that it was similar to CSI - I was excited! My mom and I were actually crazy excited about the play.
Jordan is a giant ball of anxiety, and it's hard not to feel bad for him as he agonizes over whether or not his future will be a happy one. He isn't comforted by his friends' promises that he will eventually meet that special someone. He argues that there are certain people, who despite how smart, talented, or interesting they are, go their entire lives without finding romantic love. And who is he to assume that he isn't one of these people? At 29, he has never heard the words "I love you" from somebody other than a family member.