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Lounge Theatre
On the corner of Santa Monica and El Centro 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-469-9988
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As a follow-up to his critically acclaimed hits this summer, director Darin Anthony (Loot, The Book of Liz) turns his attention to Stephen Belber’s Tape at the newly refurbished Lounge Theatre. Los Angeles’ critics (Backstage West, Hollywood Reporter, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times) have called Anthony’s direction “sharply focused,” “adroit,” original," and “fluid.”

Stephen Belber’s career is shining bright on Broadway these days. In 2005, his McREELE (Roundabout Theatre Company) was called “one of the most political plays New York has seen in years” and “immensely thought-provoking” by New York critics. In 2004, Belber’s Match garnered Tony Award winner Frank Langella another nomination. Belber is perhaps best known for Tape, which enjoyed an Off-Broadway run and film adaptation.

Tape centers on Vince, a drug-dealer, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker as best friends from high school, who reunite years later in Lansing, Michigan where Jon attends the local film festival. The drama unfolds in a single evening at a Motel 6 as Vince finally gets Jon to admit that 10 years ago he date-raped Amy Randall, a girl whom they both dated in high school. The situation heats up when Vince reveals not only that he taped their entire conversation, but also that he invited Amy – whom Jon has not seen since high school – to dinner. Tape delves beneath the surface of human behavior to explore questions of motive, memory, truth and perception.

Anthony has assembled a fine trio of actors in Johnathan McClain (Spinning into Butter, Lincoln Center Theatre; The Last Sunday in June, Off-Broadway; Cold/Tender, Theatre @ Boston Court; and the film Far From Heaven), Catherine Mangan (co-starred opposite Charlize Theron in Monster) and Andy Lazarus (Suburbia, Stella Adler Theatre; Fluffy Bunnies in a Field of Daises, Zoo Theatre).