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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…

Publisher's Summary

When Jon attends the premier of his movie in the Lansing Film Festival, he faces the most important weekend of his young life, but not in ways he expected. His old pal, Vince, has been stewing for a decade and their high school friend, Amy, is now the assistant district attorney in Lansing. Edgy humor gives way to fiery confrontation that examines memory and perception.

Starring (in alphabetical order):

William Mapother as Vince
Josh Stamberg as Jon
Alison West as Amy
(P)2003 L.A. Theatre Works

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Middling but worth a listen.

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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