Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome Wall Street banker with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires. Through an electric score we see Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in chic restaurants, exclusive clubs and designer labels. But at night, Patrick takes part in a darker indulgence, and his mask of sanity is starting to slip. This satire paints a pointed picture of the consumerism and misogynistic attitudes of the 80’s corporate world, a theme still relevant more than 30 years later.
Ray of Light has done great justice to the sadly neglected music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik and book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and gives the audience one hell of an aerobic workout to an incessant 80s dance beat and adrenaline rush of fear. From the exquisite, precise dancers who recreate the technology-infused 80s to the top-notch singing, this production is as as good as it gets.
– Christine Okon, Theater & Such
Do not miss this one! Excellent cast & direction & the music is just so good. A rare opportunity to see a fabulous production of an under-appreciated musical in an intimate theatre. Go, go, go!!
– Goldstar Review
Ray of Light’s regional production looks great with excellent direction by Jason Hoover and an energetic ensemble cast led by Kipp Glass as Patrick Bateman.
– Steve Murray, Broadway World
Alive today, Bateman would also probably stand at the back of a Trump rally and — if he could find a designer version — pull on a red cap that reads: “Make America Great Again.”
-Dwight Garner, The New York Times
Published in 1991, Bret Easton Ellis’ story of a stylish Wall Street serial killer was and continues to be a lighting rod for criticism. Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner’s subsequent 2000 film adaptation further highlighted the satire of the book, critiquing masculinity, materialism and the self-absorption in the ‘80s. In the past decade, antihero Patrick Bateman has, somehow, become a hero for some of the scariest corners of society. The way we engage with a rich, handsome psychopath has always said a lot about who we are as a culture–for better or much, much worse.
With American Psycho, we have the chance to look our worst fears in the eye. Reckon with what happens when money dictates human value. When style completely eclipses substance. When murder doesn’t matter as long as it looks good.
Patrick Bateman is not a hero. He’s a morally bankrupt braggart. He scares and disgusts us. He has power over us. And he’s all too familiar. Bateman’s actions are disgusting and frightening. They’re also relevant. Now more than ever.