Reality Sort of Bites

Too much unrealized dramatic tension keeps Tape from chomping hard

While this could not be called a suspenseful performance, the twists in plot keep the static set animated. The script also leans slightly toward the farcical. Midway through the play we realize this is not a search for truth, but rather a sidelong glance and nudge at what passes for truth. Satire is hinted at, but in the end we are left wondering what the point is. Why would Vince, a slacker extraordinaire, go to so much trouble and orchestrate what he himself calls "the most deliberate act I've ever done"? Just to spite his best friend from high school twelve years after the friend stole his girl? This lack of clarity creates a lack of intensity -- and it keeps the play from realizing its full potential for both satire and suspense.

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