Tarantino in an hour with Two Man Tarantino
Two people in a rundown video store battle for the title of Quentin Tarantino’s biggest fan in Two Man Tarantino.
Presented by Christopher Wayne in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse for Wonderland Festival 2019, Two Man Tarantino takes on the tumultuous task of re-enacting Tarantino’s entire filmography in only one hour, and with classics like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Kill Bill, Tarantino fans were laughing through the hour with the live re-enactments of their favourite Tarantino films.
Two Man Tarantino opens in a dingy, closing-down video store, a shell of its former glory thanks to online streaming services — an all too real occurrence for the video stores from our childhoods. The two cast members, one the video store employee now facing unemployment and the other a regular customer who stops by for one last visit on her way out of town, discover each other’s fandom for Tarantino while sifting through the remaining discs in the decrepit store. When they uncover a copy of Reservoir Dogs, the pair launch in to a battle of wit, vocal impersonation, and physical re-enactment to claim the title of number one fan.
While the references to each of Tarantino’s films were many and accurately portrayed — the audience laughing along to each reminder of their favourite Tarantino scenes — the physical setting for the show and the characters were not embraced to their full potential. Why create a space (the video store) with two characters facing change in their lives and with a regular history with one another and not progress with any development in their relationship or their futures? The show becomes merely an excuse to re-enact Tarantino’s films and not a platform where the films are used to develop an interwoven story. While the re-enactment scenes were hilarious, I felt there was a missed opportunity for this show to develop as a piece of its own.
What: Two Man Tarantino
Where: Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
When: Thursday 29 December – Sunday 02 December
Price: $34.90 – $39.90 (+ transaction fee)