ONEOFUS Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz’s “Beauty and the Beast” at MCA Stage
One of the few performance art events to embrace and place the DisArts movement center stage, ONEOFUS Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz’s “Beauty and the Beast” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Stage shifted the paradigm, if only for awhile. Fraser, popularly known for his “Lobster Boy” character on “American Horror Show,” has long worked with Brooklyn-based artist Muz in performances that take advantage of and put his unique physiognomy to wondrous effect. This reinterpretation of the classic fairytale was no exception, especially given its vivid depictions of sexuality, played out in full, carnal display onstage, that both gave a spotlight to the differently abled, and insisted on true sexual joy as the only metric for all human beauties coming to understand the needs and satisfactions of our bodies. Exceptional, ambitious, and of uncommon depth of feeling, this was one of the more innovative of this year’s offerings on the MCA stage.
Best of Chicago 2017