Zip Ties

entier theatre co. & cyanide theatre · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States of America

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PAYDEN ACKERMAN · June 09, 2015
Zip Ties by Benjamin Schwartz is bloody frolic in the vein of Quentin Tarantino and Martin McDonagh, with a dash of Harold Pinter sprinkled on top. And that’s a good thing. The play, running just one hour, unravels with an urgency and tension that’s palpable. A pair of hitmen abduct a man who has just been released from prison; as one hitman finishes tying the victim’s hands with rope (he detests zip ties), the other stares blankly into the audience. It’s a wonderfully uncomfortable opening, and the play only escalates as time passes. The two hitmen repeatedly question their victim (Why are they here? What has he done to warrant their services?), and occasionally take jabs at him (and each other), before being joined by an assortment of char... full review

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MATT RITCHEY · June 18, 2015
Benjamin Schwartz brings a Tarantino film to life on the stage - at least that's how it feels! A great noirish tale of mistaken identities (or are they?) and KEY LARGO-esque bad guys holed up in one location, realtime, in a gory and involved mystery. Begging to become a short film, ZIP TIES is a great shift from many theatrical pieces at Fringe to something very cinematic. Great performances and a nice twist! (Pun not necessarily intended...) Check it out!... full review

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KATIE BUENNEKE · June 07, 2015
Zip Ties is a play that zig zags. The show opens on Saul (Ryan Lisman) explaining to Otto (Hank Doughan) that ropes are the best way to tie up a man—much better than zip ties. Both of the men are mercenaries, hired to abduct a man (David McCarthy) who has recently been released from jail. By the end of the play, someone is tied up with—you guessed it—zip ties. To call Saul incompetent would be an understatement, but of course, he’s unaware of his ineptitude—though Otto is more than happy to point out every way in which Saul is insufficient. The two trade barbs, speeding through playwright Benjamin Schwartz’s snappy dialogue. Zip Ties is a black comedy through and through, complete with random violence, an Irish crime lord, a Jehovah’... full review

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VIRGINIA RIDGERS certified reviewer · June 07, 2015
Schwartz defines dark comedy in this one hour farcical episode of gore and laughs. Not for the squeamish, its surprising you don’t leave covered in stage blood from this intimate theater, which appears to have been built specifically for this seedy motel room setting. That said, the comedy outweighs the terror in bucket loads and the actual violence is hidden from view. The jokes roll effortlessly from one character to another, each offering their own awkwardly sadistic spin to the story whether their character intended to or not. If you like Pulp Fiction with a side of Pinter, this is your dream show. Regardless, buy a ticket, immediately! I’m sure they’ll pick up the laundry bill if you get sprayed...... full review

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DAVID REYNOLDS certified reviewer · June 19, 2015
This show is a beast. Its not just a great tip of the hat to its predecessors, it also just fits in right with them. The dvd of Zip Ties would be right between my blu rays of Reservoir Dogs and True Romance. The script is fast paced, but allows the characters to linger at moments. It also has the wit that you'd hope from a one room play, but also has the pop culture corrector in all of us screaming throughout which breaks up the seriousness. And baby, does this thing get serious. And then funny. And then serious. The tone and overall stage picture of this play were the most impressive aspects. From the first image to the last, Zip Ties wants you to think its a Tarantino homage, but the real secret is its entirely its own thing and doesn't ha... full review

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DAMIEN LUVARA certified reviewer · June 09, 2015
This show is a powerhouse! Well...power hotel room...power tools? ALL OF THE ABOVE! Great script, cast and direction. This play is like a live action Tarrentino film directed by Simon Pegg. The pace is fast and the dialogue is witty. The actors keep you on the edge of your seat as they epertly navigate the space between danger and humor. The script was obviously well crafted and each character is completely fleshed out. This show never has a dull moment, it keeps the audience member present, because it makes you work to figure what's going to happen next. Smart, well executed theatre. Definitely put this on your Fringe to-do list!... full review

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ED GOODMAN certified reviewer · June 23, 2015
Benjamin Schwartz's Zip Ties is ambitious. One scene, six actors, working a high intensity crime piece in the spirit of Reservoir Dogs. That's not an easy thing to pull off. His piece is brutal and mean, men at their worst, and has some genuinely cringe-worthy moments. All the elements are there: The wit, the crazy, the everything-goes-wrong. And the cast is great. Everyone is up to speed, steaming through the material with passion and skill, at times it's like watching a verbal street fight. Belligerent and funny, Benjamin Schwartz's dialogue is highlighted throughout and keeps the danger of the piece palpable. More frightening than a psychopath like Otto (with his suitcase full of power tools and cutting devices) is the fact that at any mo... full review

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CYANNE MCCLAIRIAN certified reviewer · June 23, 2015
Deliciously Dark & SOOOO much fun! With a Tarantino-like flavor, Benjamin Schwartz' dialogue is wonderfully crisp & smart -- brimming with detail. Paired with a strong cast of seedy characters who you never want to run into -- this is a night of theatre you don't want to miss! SEE IT!! ... full review

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GEORGE STEEVES certified reviewer · June 19, 2015
A Tarantino film brought to the stage, so many twists and turns throughout the story, the actors really commit to their roles and each of the performances are very strong in their own right. As an audience member, you will feel like you are right there with the actors at they are going through the moments as their characters. Lots of laughs, thrills, and suspense jam packed into this one hour of theatre, definitely one not to miss. ... full review

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DRINA DURAZO certified reviewer · June 13, 2015
I love comedy and I love blood. This was a fun show! Very Tarantino-esque. Really well produced and executed. Great house music, nice use of light and sound overall, the blood effects were really neat (not for the squeamish), and it was a great use of the space. Seriously! The space seemed to work perfectly for this show, almost like it was built specifically for their show (not common with fringe). Kudos! ... full review

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