Slightly longer than a one-act, Tape is the dramatized story of three high school acquaintances whose reunion reignites old tensions and new conflict. Produced by L.A. Theatre Works, Tape features incredible performances from new and established actors. William Mapother stands out in particular, starring as Vince, disgruntled old-time friend of Jon (played by Josh Stamberg). Stamber and Mapother are astute at recreating the uncomfortable feeling of old friends who might still hold a grudge or two…
(P)2003 L.A. Theatre Works
This is a good production, by good actors who are trying hard, of a fairly unimpressive play. It is little more than a one-acter, blown up a bit, and suffers from the problem of having no character whom the audience can truly like. The character who makes the title tape is wholly repugnant, his friend is somewhat less so, and the rape-victim/ADA is at best inexplicable. There are a few funny and insightful lines, especially concerning violent relationships, but it is by no means a major work. However, I enjoyed listening to it once for the skill of the actors and the few places where the author shines.
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