Stephen Belber -
TAPE by Stephen Belber -March/April 2006 (premiere tour August/September 2005)
Kilbride Arts Centre
Kilbride Arts Centre
ABOUT THE PLAY
Stephen Belber's play is a tightly scripted drama about friendship, memory, and the trauma of trying to get on with life.
In a hotel room in Michigan, Vin downs beers, working himself up into a state before the arrival of Jon, his old friend from high school.
Unlike his friend, Jon is doing well for himself, an up and coming film director.
But this is no simple reunion. Vin wants to open some old wounds before the night is over.
Belber's use of language - which has drawn comparisons to Mamet and Pinter - conceals the character's true emotions, generates intense menace and cranks up tension to a stunning conclusion.
which was filmed by Richard Linklater in 2001, with Ethan Hawke, Robert
Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman, is now presented in
Please note that this play contains some strong language and frank discussion of adult issues.
high quality production because of the acting talent..."
have dark secrets, right? Three friends come together after 10 years
apart and shocking truths are uncovered in a production that is
entertaining.... Bob Young makes a decent Vin, and his
on-stage chemistry with Thomas Gemmell (Jon) is
perhaps the best thing about this production. They are a delight to
watch and create a tense atmosphere ... It is an interesting script by Stephen
Belber, which could have Mamet fans licking their lips. It asks makes us
question what the nicest and most normal of people may be keeping
concealed, and that is a scary thought. What are you hiding?
"…TAPE is terrific…Belber has expert fun torturing his characters with the things that never get said, yet the language is uniquely telling and the underlying grief shines through." The New Yorker
"Fascinating and entertaining…a terrific play…Real talk, real characters, real situations—a real play." NY Post
it comes to reminding us just why we leave our homes on a cold winter's
night and seek the special joys of a live theatrical performance,
playwright Stephen Belber has the big guys beat…"