LIVE: “American Idiot” @ Proctors, 2/5/13

February 6th, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg

American Idiot @ Proctors

Review by Greg Haymes

Ah, a rock musical about disaffected youth searching for an escape – any escape – from the quicksand of bland, mind-numbing suburban life…

“Hair”?

No, “American Idiot,” Green Day’s updated, 21st century interpretation of the same youth rebellion. More desperate, more bleak, but no less brimming over with the frustration and disillusionment of the middle class status quo.

At Proctors in Schenectady through Thursday (February 7) for a short, three-performance run, “American Idiot” is a lot like “Hair” for today’s generation. Replace the peace and love with rage and nihilism. Replace the beads and bellbottoms with t-shirts and hoodies. Replace flower-power anthems with punk-rock angst.

Well, you get the picture…

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