Klingon Tamburlaine

school of night · Ages 13+ · United States of America

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Review by ERIK BLAIR

June 10, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Everything. The changes in word choice to suit the Klingon/Star Trek world.

The special effects.

The attention to original Star Trek canon lore.

Cameos of appropriate aliens.

Seriously, there was everything right about this production and nothing wrong.

What I didn't like

Except one thing: it was just a tad too long. I know the original script(s) that this was based on and I understand why the choice was made. But I did find my attention lagging a little through the middle, if only because it became a tad repetitious.

Could it have been trimmed farther? I don’t know how. But I think some of the subplots might have been trimmed further, even if only to cut 5-10 minutes away.

My overall impression

What do you expect this show to be when you look at the title? That is EXACTLY what you get—and sometimes, that is enough. The moment this production began and I realized we were about to see a Klingon theatre company’s take on an old Terran play, I was absolutely ready for anything that came afterwards.

And that’s exactly what you get—a medieval play that seems tailor-suited to be transformed into a tale of the rise and fall of multiple Klingon emperors. The play lent itself so well to becoming a Klingon one that I am almost certain that Marlowe was actually inspired by Klingons when he wrote it.

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