Klingon Tamburlaine

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

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June 12, 2019 original article
tagged as: fierce · fanfic · Star Trek · bombastic · epic · violent · cruel

What I liked

See above.

What I didn't like

Yeah, but honestly I don’t like the play. It comes across as a blend of bombastic action flick coupled with torture porn sprinkled with the attitude of professional wrestling. Not my cup of tea. Were I not such a Trekkie (getting all the many “in jokes” for example) this would have been a chore to watch. But because I am, and did, it was lots of fun to sit there and take in the spectacle.

My overall impression

f a Klingon Theatre troupe were to start performing classical works from Earth literature, then Christopher Marlowe’s Tammerlane makes for an excellent choice! Hence School of Night (a very good production company) decided to go with this idea!

And it works! Make no mistake! Klingon Tamburlaine tells the story of one of the most notoriously cruel (and successful) warlords in history. Putting everyone in Klingon gear, changing a few names here and here, adopting the stereotypical stance of Star Trek’s Mongol Viking Samurai aliens makes for a fun piece of theatre! The cast (many of whom I’ve seen in other plays, all showing not only talent but energy and gusto with the idea) do a great job with their roles. My personal favorite were all the starship battles done Kabuki style, people in black moving models against a black backdrop. I laughed out loud!

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