The forecast of sex, nudity, unseemly language and monstrous subject matter that the slogan, “Mature Audiences Only” designates would be totally reflective of the unusual, inventive and exciting theatre experience of American Psycho. You enter the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre to the sounds of bland, non melodic, pulsating music that was heard in those large noisy restaurants popular in the 1980’s. Then you see a very brightly lit period set, complete with Barcelona chairs and Toshiba 30 inch TV. The narcissistic Wall Street 26 year old Benjamin Walker ( Patrick Bateman) informs us that it even has picture in picture capability, and that his wonderfully toned/tanned nude body is wearing Ralph Lauren briefs (white). Patrick is addicted to brand names and sex. We later learn he’s also fixated on killing people. The nondescript music you heard entering the theatre morphs into some interesting melodic story telling melodies by composer lyricist Duncan Sheik. American Psycho is a thriller, and it keeps you psyched, aroused, and intellectually stimulated as it’s story unfolds. The only downside is that you’re constantly reminded by looking at the well toned hard bodies on stage that you are in a seriously different category. A parody on that old joke….. ” What’s black and white and (read) red all over…..the colors and the message of American Psycho.
Benjamin Walker in American Psycho Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre