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I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart feels like a sitcom about extended adolescence 

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Michael Brosilow

If the 30s are the new 20s, and the 20s are but an extended adolescence, then we may never have to grow up at all if we live long enough. Sam and Leo—"Team FatGay," as they term themselves—are doing their darnedest to steer us to that brave new world. These thirtysomethings stay up all night eating Chinese takeout, popsicles, and cornflakes; watch Top Chef and Grey's Anatomy; play Super Mario; and lip-synch their way through choreography from Sister Act II. Yes, they are in fact plucky, young(ish) writers making their way in New York City. Oh, and Sam is fat and Leo is gay.

Morgan Gould's 2017 I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart proceeds episodically through the lives of these two roommates and best friends. Sam (Teressa LaGamba) is a freelance writer hard at work on her first novel, a millennial Bridget Jones's Diary told in texts, status updates, and a food diary. Leo (Robert Quintanilla) works for a BuzzFeedesque Web content company and staunchly avoids working on his short stories. Their island of mutual acceptance and submerged shame is disrupted when Chloe (Jessica Ervin), a straight cis white female aspiring novelist from suburban Maine, befriends Leo and tempts him with the siren song of the norm. It's like a sitcom where all the characters are writers. Sam and Leo's relationship is the main attraction and drawn well.   v

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