Tattered Capes

theatre unleashed · Ages 13+ · United States of America

world premiere
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MIKE REYES certified reviewer June 27, 2019
Our story begins in the sprawling metropolis of Metro City, our protagonist Kevin Connolly (Travis Joe Dixon) better known by his heroic moniker M-Pulse who received his abilities after being struck by a rogue bolt of lightning and gifted mastery over electromagnetism. He now devotes his life to combating crime and ensuring the safety of the citizens of Metro City. Kevin has it all, he couldn't ask for a better life. But things suddenly take an unexpected turn when he is attacked while out celebrating his fifth wedding anniversary with his wife Stephanie (Joanna Mercedes). After this unforeseen event the heroes are forced to unveil their secret identities triggering a series of events that change the relationship of Kevin and Stephanie fo... full review
LEAH VERRILL certified reviewer June 27, 2019
A fun adventure in the comic book world! Husband and wife both have super powders but have kept them from each other. Finally one night they must reveal their identity. This is a fun, fast paced show. The choreography and fights are well done and the use of the space and props are suburb. I loved that they kept it dramatic instead of crazy, wacky or over the top. The acting is very grounded and realistic. ... full review
KEITH BUSH certified reviewer June 28, 2019
"Tattered Capes" was thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. With a complex and witty script that can be enjoyed as a largely light-hearted pastiche of familiar superhero stories and their big-screen interpretations, this tale takes some unexpected turns into meditations on love, honesty, and the need for acceptance. the audience is treated to several exciting action sequences and intensely emotional moments along the way. The author, director, and cast seem fully aware of the genre's inherent absurdity and tendency toward the extreme without ever condescending to it or losing sight of its power to convey meaningful truths about the real world. There is plenty of humor and gentle mocking of tropes, but no breaking of character or wi... full review
DALLIS SEEKER certified reviewer June 28, 2019
TATTERED CAPES accomplished the difficult task of taking a genre that has traditionally existed solely in print or onscreen and making it work for the stage. Gregory Crafts does a terrific job of crafting all of the nostalgia, geeky fun superhero tropes, and social/moral discourse that surround these larger-than-life heroes. This is a must see! Surely it will be extended, so if you aren't able to catch it at Fringe, make it a priority to keep an eye out for additional performances!... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 29, 2019
tagged as: fun · romantic · action
Tattered Capes was fantastic. It payed homage to the big guns of the superhero world while creating something truly original. The interplay of the love story within the world of fighting super-villains was one that I've never before seen played out through both the couple's romantic arc as well as their competitiveness. ... full review
MICAH COVER certified reviewer June 30, 2019
ALL the stars. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RATING. An incredible story with some neat plot twists and some of the best actors in LA with some of the most astonishing fight choreography I’ve seen on stage. Congratulations πŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆ to Greg Crafts, Ann Hurd, Corey Howe Jennifer Mercedes and Theatre Unleashed for creating the Fringe Show To Beat. ... full review
VICTOR SOTOMAYOR certified reviewer July 25, 2019
tagged as: superhero · funny · fights · choreography
Tattered Capes is an epic story trapped in a 80 minute show. What could have easily been a more extensive TV series is here squeezed all its juice into one action-packed show. It deserves a second viewing.... full review
ERIC WEBB certified reviewer July 27, 2019
"Tattered Capes" is one of my favorite shows from this year's Fringe! So glad I got to see one of the encore performances. An original smart, fun, and surprisingly moving take on the superhero genre.... full review
MATT RITCHEY gia on the move certified reviewer August 06, 2019
A super-fun (pun intended, obviously) romantic action piece about insecurity and deep love. I didn't see TC until Extensions and I now understand why it won BEST DANCE AND PHYSICAL THEATER - the use of shadowplay and combat sequences may not have been crucial to the plot, but they WERE crucial to the production. TATTER CAPES had a cinematic vibe while employing tried-and-true theatrical conventions, adding up to a unique yet comfortably familiar experience - cast (especially Dixon, Mercedes, and King) was outstanding, with great shadow work from the ensemble, and well-executed direction bringing locations to life without the use of video effects (which could easily have been employed as a catch-all). A solid script with an excellent twist (a... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 09, 2019
A lot of fun with underlying darkness... full review