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With pissed-off Pikachus, steam punk armies, stood-up Sailor Moons and roller-blading monsters on the prowl, it's easy to get lost in the Inferno-esque anime convention where the fans, the otakus, and the geeks prowl. But to score a rare meeting with their comic book idol, teenage outcasts Dayna and Honey will take on obsessive magic players, Jedis and elfs, cosplayers and convention guards - through all nine flights of Ohio's Dante's Fire-Con. But when the dark nature of their quest breaks through the fantasy of these girls cos-playing - they find that no game can mask the deep loss they’ve recently shared ... unless they truly discover who they are.
"CRITICS PICK! Compared with 'Cut,' Ms. Skillman’s lean, eviscerating 2011 takedown of reality television, Geek! is a riot of visual invention ... But beneath the plumage lies a story that only grazes larger themes: parallels between theater and cosplay (shorthand for the costumed play of fandom), and the agonizing consequences of receding youth. Now Ms. Skillman is ready to dive into the deeper, darker waters of adulthood." —New York Times
"CRITICS PICK! Underneath the obscure pop-culture references, broad humor and eye-catching costumes lies something more impressive: genuine heart ... Crystal Skillman’s script goes beyond the superficial snark and touches on topical issues such as bullying and suicide, without seeming preachy or ripped from the headlines. It’s an honest and often hilarious exploration of the complicated, fantasy-fueled, online world some teens inhabit today." —Time Out New York
"Geek! is a celebration of the imagination. It revels in a subculture dedicated to living life according to their own rules and while managing not to poke fun at anyone for enjoying some role play it actually tells a great story about how we relate to the world and to those closest to us. The dialogue is screwball comedy fast and as sharp tongued as can be. Skillman is a master of wit and character who knows the value of fast action and the honor of good versus evil." —nytheatre.com