Infamous feels incredibly American. The infamous assassins/attempted assassins that are the focus of the piece are all American, and 3 of the 5 targeted US presidents. Considering the current political climate in the USA and how divided the nation seems to be on their sitting president, the idea of killing a president based on ideological differences feels particularly timely. The use of the phrase “not my President” in reference to the unelected Ford highlights just how close we could be to seeing such an attempt in the not too distant future. The strength of feelings Americans have regarding their leader, the loyalty and love, and by contrast the betrayal when they feel their commander in chief is failing the nation is something that is hard to understand from the outside, but Infamous begins to touch on these themes. The choice to have Andrew Cunanan as the focal character is an interesting one – he has returned to prominence somewhat lately due to the release of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace and his personal narrative fits most neatly into the idea of assassination as a way of gaining infamy. However it makes it hard not to compare the performance to that of Darren Criss in ACS, particularly as his entrance is so similar to an iconic moment in the show, while also posing the question – are the company trying to make this show about too many things at once?

At only half an hour the piece sometimes feels rushed, and aspects are brushed over when more depth would provide greater thematic strength and audience understanding.

Hattie Taylor

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