Written by: Elizabeth Meriwether
Directed by: Shira Milikowsky
Performed by: Zoe Kazan, Julie Lake, Billy Eichner, Eliisa
Frazier, Emily Lodish, Heath Meriwether, Derek Miller, Michael Nathanson,
Will Rogers, Anita Wlody
Running time: 75 minutes
Web site: lovehoteltheater.com
Don't let the gimmicky title deter you: Nicky Goes Goth
is a hysterical and offbeat romantic comedy with a lot more than
just love on its mind. The setup: Nicky Hilton, Paris' less media
crazed sister, questions the meaning of her existence and ends up
falling for a disaffected goth boy from the suburbs. That "what
if?" scenario allows playwright Elizabeth Meriwether to wax
philosophical about class conflict, adolescent alienation, the tenuous
bond between gay men and the women they idolize, the power of beauty
and celebrity, war in Africa, and the magic of Disney animated cartoons.
Billy Eichner is brilliant as Aaron, the Hilton sisters' devoted
gay makeup artist who also acts as the narrator. His scenes with
über bitch Paris, hilariously played by Julie Lake, expose
a dark side to gay male/straight female relationships you don't
see on Will & Grace. Ultimately, the Hilton siblings
come to blows over their diametrically opposed lifestyle choices.
But after the dust settles, it's Aaron, not the heiresses, who gets
to walk off with a lover into the sunset. Raven Snook
Reality Check: The real Nicky Hilton married her boyfriend,
a New York money manager and party companion, in Vegas the same
weekend Nicky Goes Goth opened at the Fringe.
Where: The Players Theatre
When: Sat, Aug 14 at 11 p.m.; Sun, Aug 15 at noon; Wed, Aug
18 at 7 p.m.; Fri, Aug 20 at 5:15 p.m.; Sat, Aug 21 at 11 p.m.; Wed, Aug
25 at 3 p.m.