Dick Pix by Daniel McCoy
By Andrew Andrews
Something special is happening in the world of live theatre: playwrights have been finding the perfect formula for mixing just enough experimental elements into a traditional story to keep us interested, engaged and excited about what’s on stage!
Earlier this month, Sam Kahn delivered it in Chatter at The Tank, and now Daniel McCoy has done it again with Dick Pix at Theater Lab, just down the block in Midtown West.
Now, a title like Dick Pix surely conjures up some images about this story, and truth be told, they’re probably not far off.
Not far off… but incredibly incomplete.
You see, Dick Pix is a pretty straightforward story about a straight, white, cisgender male modern artist named Calvin (David Gelles), his partner/publicist Grace (Kate Abbruzzese), gender-nonconforming art dealer Fyn (Bruce Jones) and patron
But despite the straightforward plot, the idiosyncrasies of its characters twist this story in directions
And not just for the sake of being different, either: by reversing and challenging stereotypes, McCoy prompts us to evaluate our preconceptions and examine them in a different light.
Case in Point #1: the elderly
Case in Point #2: when Calvin and Grace recall a telephone conversation, Calvin recounts Grace’s words and vice-versa, allowing you to hear each message from
But it’s really Case in Point #3 that will blow your mind: Grace victimizes two professional male art handlers (played by female actors Lynne Marie Rosenberg and Erinn Holmes) with catcalls and innuendo that make them increasingly uncomfortable, until the situation explodes.
The deadpan portrayal of the profound minds of this blue-collar duo made us say,
With such a perfect script to work with and incredible talent under superb direction from Heidi Handelsman, this
Definitely check it out, then come back and let us know what makes this piece stand out for you.
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Andrew Andrews attended Dick Pix by Daniel McCoy at Theaterlab in Manhattan on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 7:30pm to write this review.