Megan Raitano as Amy and Zack Roundy as Vince
Theater on the Edge, an outgrowth of the Meisner-focused Truthful Acting Studio school, seemed to explode onto the local theater scene last year with two well-received productions: David Ives’ Venus in Fur
and David Mamet’s American Buffalo
. Their newest production follows in the same vein of tough, serious plays that depend heavily on capable actors to carry them. In Tape
, by Stephen Belber, two old high-school buddies, Vince and Jon, meet up in a seedy motel room for an impromptu reunion. Vince (Zack Roundy) is essentially a fuck-up: unable to hold down any job that doesn’t involve selling drugs. Jon (Joey Ginel), on the other hand, is a film director whose career is just starting to take off. But after Jon confesses to date-raping a mutual ex-girlfriend, Amy (Megan Raitano), Vince reveals that he’s taped their conversation and that Amy is on her way over to the motel room. What follows is a tense treatise on regrets, revenge and the elastic nature of memory with dialogue that rivals even Mamet’s snappiest banter. It’s the type of play that actors dream of; judging by Theater on the Edge’s reputation, they should be able to nail it.
8 p.m. Friday, March 3 | through March 19 | Theater on the Edge, 5542 Hansel Ave. | theaterontheedge.org