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A hilarious nostalgic romp through Tarantino’s cult classics
Video stores are doomed and as the soon-to-be unemployed Store Manager (Stephen Hirst) glumly packs up the DVDs, the store's last ever customer (Emily Vascotto) returns some romantic movies. Despite her viewing history, she claims to be the number one Tarantino fan, which he fervently disputes. So to amuse themselves they compete to re-enact Quentin Tarantino's films using the contents of the video store as props to earn the title and win the mysterious briefcase from Pulp Fiction.

Written by Christopher Wayne, the co-creator of the international comedy sensation The Naked Magicians, Two Man Tarantino is a hilarious nostalgic romp through Tarantino's cult classics. The pair adapt mops, chairs and DVDs to use as a multitude of weapons, starting with a DVD box which is used to saw off an ear as in the iconic and dramatic scene in Reservoir of Dogs. In just sixty minutes, they re-enact most of the memorable scenes, mimicking brilliantly the characters' actions and gestures, paying particular attention to Samuel L. Jackson, who is featured in every Tarantino movie.

Tarantino's foot fetish is explored. Photograph by Gemma Regan

Directed by Maureen Bowra, Emily and Stephen leap around the stage with acrobatic skill, impressing the audience with their stylistic disco dancing from the classic Pulp Fiction scene between Mia and Vincent.

Two Man Tarantino, Wonderland Festival
The classic Pulp Fiction scene between Mia and Vincent, photograph by Gemma Regan

The first night was sold out, forcing later audience arrivals to sit in the ominous sounding "Splash Zone" which surrounded the Visy stage in the Brisbane Powerhouse. Sheets of plastic were placed at the feet of the front row, but there was no indication of when or how it should be used, adding to the anticipation. Fifty-five minutes into the performance and most of the audience had forgotten the "Splash Zone" warning, but in true Tarantino style, there is a violent bloody finale re-enacting many of the film climaxes, to the shock and delight of the audience.

Avoid the Splash Zone! photograph by Gemma Regan

The two actors are convincing and energetic in their role-playing using many comedic techniques as a terrific testament to Tarantino's revolutionary violent and innovative films. Two Man Tarantino is one of the twenty five debaucherous end-of-year performances featuring burlesque, circus, music, theatre and comedy as part of the annual Wonderland Festival on now.
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Why? A terrific testament to Tarantino’s revolutionary violent and innovative films
When: 7.30pm, 28th-2nd Dec 2018
Phone: 3358 8600
Where: Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street New Farm
Cost: 18 only, $39.90, Conc $34.90
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