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Tape

From 20 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Quirky, Absorbing

About the show

Beneath its suspenseful, high-stakes surface, Stephen Belber's 1999 drama examines questions of motive, memory, truth, and perception. More…

From the show:

Tape is a 1999 play by Stephen Belber.

It follows classical unities of action, time and space, featuring three characters in a single plot regarding their differing perspectives of past events, in one unbroken period of real-time, in a single motel room set.


Member Reviews (20)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Quirky, Absorbing
65
Avg Score

73
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Overrated, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if Compromise rating. Nice tale that had to be told. Loved the thinking re: the scene To each viewer it could mean so much..

Don't see it if One questions some of the acting and the thinking re: THE INCIDENT

66
Edgy, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like absurd relationships that people maintain where one is a happy loser, one is getting a career step forward and one plays them both.

Don't see it if you want clarity: setting is today (video at end is dated 2010/ten years ago) but old cassette tape recorder and outdated phone are props.

63
Edgy, Grating, Mediocre acting, Banal

See it if interested in how 3 people, one time high school friends, differently experience a long ago occurrence; small doses of humor

Don't see it if you're looking for characters you care about; uneven acting; I know there must be a reason for Amy's ridiculous wardrobe but it eludes me.

Also We were sitting in the first row near the radiator which hissed throug... Read more Read less

20
Unprofessional, Poorly directed

See it if you want to see a play where three former classmates discuss an incident that happened 10 years ago

Don't see it if You are going to be bothered by costume, props and a set that doesn’t make sense

Also From the very beginning I was lost. I assume the point of the first sc... Read more Read less

60
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a play that deals (not very subtly) with the subtlies of acquantance rape and screwed up relationships

Don't see it if you want to see great acting. Except for Leila Berkane's "Amy", the lack of experience showed. A few important staging errors

Also Berkane's staging error in the first scene probably made this a much l... Read more Read less

64
Incoherent message, Confusing character motivations, Tedious dialog at times, Interesting topic, Fairly good acting

See it if you like plays that focus on characters traits, motives & interactions, the topic of sexual violence & good acting.

Don't see it if you dislike characters repeatedly arguing, whose motivations, in one case, are not realistic & a "message" that is unclear.

73
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a play that deals with possible sex abuse and long kept feelings that can fester over time.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that is tightly directed and where the dialogue moves along.

Also I thought the dress worn by the female in the play was too ridiculous ... Read more Read less

58
Inconsistent, Relevant, Intriguing, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a short play with an intriguing theme and some good moments.

Don't see it if you want a high-quality production. Character development is minimal; some character decisions have no rationale; acting is inconsistent.

87
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Your interested in a study of hypocrisy.

Don't see it if A simple straight forward ending with one sided characters

Also The play should have ended with the very good actors on stage. The vid... Read more Read less

70
Weak production, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want to see a fantastic and interesting play that reflects different late 90s sensibilities and concerns. Like well done characters

Don't see it if mind a weak production with some below average performances and strange design decisions in all aspects of the production.

Also The play reflects Clinton impeachment era concerns. Then as now many c... Read more Read less

69
Indulgent, Somewhat claustrophobic, could've been moreso, Edgy, Game cast of '3' makes u quickly forget film cast of starry uma thurman & ethan hawke, Great acting

See it if I never saw the film (or don't remember it) but StephenBelber's script seems more suited to the Stage than the Big Screen so fans might like

Don't see it if If U prefer large cast shows (only 3 here) or grow weary of watchin a director trying to maneuver actors in a tiny space strewn w/ beer cans

Also Know your Playwright Stephen Belber: "Don't Go Gentle" (Lucille Lortel... Read more Read less

67
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant

See it if There's something here, but it isn't quite ready for primetime. It's not bad, but you probably don't need to see it.

Don't see it if It features a cassette tape purchased at K-Mart as a plot point & is set in 2020, so it takes a lot of suspension of disbelief.

40
Hunh?, Slow, Banal

See it if If costuming is your thing (no, not the cover photo). I'm talking about Asst. DA's totally inappropriate outfit, especially the shoes.

Don't see it if You're looking for motivation, meaning or mystery. Or why these three characters would have anything in common.

70
Entertaining, Uneven

See it if into that real-time play that Linklater made into a small film

Don't see it if too crtitical

Also This production is better than its parts if you can flow with their "L... Read more Read less

93
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoy the elements of a whodunit with variables of intrigue.You never know where you are being taken with the characters.I found myse

Don't see it if If you want an elaborate production with known celebs or a fantastic set design.Just a small intimate setting.

Also lf saying,what is he going to do next.The provocateur was simply outst... Read more Read less

69
Relevant, Speaks to the ‘woke’ millennial experience, Thought-provoking, A play worth re-staging, Liked the play, but the acting was uneven

See it if You like to see plays that don’t adhere to stereotypes.

Don't see it if You have no interest in plays that deal with millennial topics such as date rape and drug & alcohol addiction and female empowerment.

Also I really enjoyed watching this play, in spite of its very uneven perfo... Read more Read less

74
Edgy, Profound, Quirky

See it if You would enjoy and appreciate a dark comedy based around the very serious topic of sexual assault.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to themes of alcohol, drug abuse or sex abuse.

Also The actor who played Vince was a real standout as far as his acting ab... Read more Read less

65
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing, Edgy

See it if A unique take on sexual assault Interesting characters trying to figure out who they are

Don't see it if Strong acting from all characters A story that makes complete sense (though still enjoyable)

Also Vince was great. John was kind of flat on his delivery. The female lea... Read more Read less

32
Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want to observe poor acting skills. you like personal contrived drama

Don't see it if you don't like seeing poor acting skills displayed, or Clumsy direction. yo0u don't want to see a Protagonist as vapid.

70
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Thought provoking play written in the 1990’s but is still very relevant today. The cast did a wonderful job of keeping the audience engaged.

Don't see it if You have triggers about sexual assault. Your expecting an elaborate set. This play has three actors and is all about an interesting story.


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