Tattered Capes

theatre unleashed · Ages 13+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 17, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

From the first scene, we see a hint at the master plan twist at the end, and that had me grinning the whole way home. Writing was stellar. I also loved the use of shadow puppetry (utilized so strategically and beautifully) and set movement (which helped sell the special abilities in a particularly tough show). Costumes were also A-MAZING. Where can I get Star Child’s outfit?? It’s also extremely apparent that extra care was given to fight choreography, which is some of the best that I’ve seen in Fringe – ever.

What I didn't like

I’d love to see this show done with a budget to allow the heroes’ special abilities to really create a spectacle – they’re so well imagined, but alas, in a Fringe setting you can only do so much (not to say it wasn’t super well done as is).

My overall impression

When you see a show from Theatre Unleashed, you can count on solid script, smart directing, and elevated set/costume/props design. What surprised me about their newest show was the level of thought put into the complex and layered storytelling – a lot of this is attributed to Greg Crafts’ excellent script, but you see it in directing and acting choices too. Seeing a TU show is always a good bet, but TATTERED CAPES impresses across the board.

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