Saturday, March 4, 2017

Tape by Stephen Belber


Tape by Stephen Belber tells the story of Jon (Joey Ginel), an aspiring filmmaker on the verge of hitting it big, hooks up for the weekend with his best friend from high school, Vince (Zack Roundy), a volunteer fireman who makes his money selling dope. Jon's new film is being shown at a festival in Lansing, Michigan, and Vince has come from Oakland to see it. During the course of the pre-show Zack lived in the space watching to and rolling a joint.

Over the course of the evening, Vince finally gets Jon to admit that ten years ago he date-raped Amy Randall (Megan Raitano), a girl whom they both dated in high school—only then to reveal that he's taped their entire conversation. And not only that, he's invited Amy to have dinner with them that night.

Beneath its suspenseful, high-stakes surface, Tape examines questions of motive, memory, truth and perception.

Zack is very believable as a directionless youth with a short fuse. He becomes menacing when confronting his friend head on. Joey comes across as someone who can rationalize anything. He feels his films serve a greater purpose so it is surprising when his dark youth is unearthed. Megan's role was an inspired surprise. Now a District Attorney she never seemed to be a victim. Instead she confronted and cornered both men with her wits and anger. No one stands on solid ground when she sparked to life. This was a stellar production that kept me guessing. I have to give credit to the set designer Sam DiGeorge. She creates incredible lived in and worn sets that suspend disbelief and immerse the audience in a very visceral world. It is amazing how she transformed the space.

The Show runs from March 3rd-March 19th
Theater on the Edge 5542 Hansel Avenue Orlando FL 32792
Tickets are $19 and $22
Remaining show dates.
March 4th 8 pm
March 5th 2pm
March 10th 8 pm
March 12th 2 pm
March 15th 7 pm (industry night)
March 18th 2 pm
March 18th 8 pm
March 19th 2 pm (closing night)
Seating is limited!


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

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