Review: ‘Naked Brazilian’ Strikes Gold at FringeNYC
By James Mattick, Contributing Writer, August 15, 2016
“Everyone knows three things about Brazil: The Girl from Ipanema, soccer and Carnival. You would think all we do is sing about girls, play soccer, and watch parades!”
Every other year this may hold true, however with an Olympic summer in Brazil, the eyes of the world are on Rio. Closer to home at FringeNYC, New York’s very own Brazilian Gustavo Pace enlightens the audience with the stellar Naked Brazilian, performed in both English and Portuguese, giving us a glimpse into attitudes towards topics such as masculinity, sexuality, and family in Brazilian culture, in a physical and darkly comic performance.
In just over an hour Gustavo takes us on a journey from his roots in Brazil to his life-changing decision to move to America and peruse a career in acting. Although the story of an immigrant’s journey in moving New York City is one that has been done many a time before, Pace tells a story that emphasizes the Brazilian over Broadway.
As both writer and performer of Naked Brazilian, Pace is clearly a talent to look out for in the future. If you aren’t lucky enough to have tickets to the last week of the Olympics, make sure you catch Naked Brazilian at 64E4 MainStage this week in his final three performances. You can purchase your tickets here.
Final performances: Wed 17 @ 9:30, Fri 19 @ 9:15 and Sun 21 @ 8:30