Sunday, 19 January 2014

been seeing: American Psycho

Headlong's new musical American Psycho (Almeida, 17th January) is icy slick; brash 80s synth soundtrack, sharp movement and sudden flashes of shocking red light all create a soullessness that is chillingly disturbing.  Any violence is represented through choreography and adds to the a feeling of detachment from reality that is brilliantly realised in Matt Smith's hollow and darkly funny Patrick Bateman.  What makes American Psycho all the better is the movement, crisp and precise and oddly mechanical, it sets the tone for everything else to come.

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