Thursday, 25 October 2012 14:16

Theatre Review >> Kong Is A LIVE, Interactive Theatre Comedy Farce That’s Fun!

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SkyPilot Theatre in North Hollywood is where you MUST stop and see the legend himself - King Kong. You, the audience, help Kong climb, fight and even fall for his love! Jamie Robledo directed this production of “Kong-A Goddamn Thirty-Foot Gorilla.” It has originality, sparks of commentary and extreme visual creativity.

Adam Hahn as the show's playwright took the original King Kong film and brought a clever and sarcastic point of view of how the saga of Kong unfolded. He took some moments and made them broad with strong interaction between characters and audience and came up with cleverly written monologues.

JR Esposito, playing film director Carl Denham, gives an amazing rendition of the 1930’s director whose ambition is to cinematically capture the beast on film. JR is quick, sharp and has an incredibly forceful and funny presence throughout.

As such is the passionate ditsy blonde-like performance of Sara Kubida as Anne Darrow who is more than a little ‘light’ headed but has an important message about Kong’s perspective. Just as determined is the seaman Jack Driscoll played by the slightly neurotic Eric Curtis Johnson. Eric and Sara play off each other well as they develop an awkward but funny relationship.

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David Caprita plays a stern, determined but hysterically dry Captain Englehorn who commands his crew with gusto. His crew played by Nathan Wellman and Samantha Macher also double as audience members with questions for the anthropologist. Both Kareem Cervantes and Zelika Chante make obedient tribes people but also Kareem is the T-Rex that attacks Kong and Zelika doubles as the assistant stage manager too!

Yes, the anthropologist explaining the control of mankind over beast was played loudly by Morry Schorr who gave it the archetypal scientist twist performance that will make you smile more than once or twice.

Yes, there is someone playing Kong. With dedication to the physicality and the sincere honesty of what the beast from Skull Island must have been dealing with, Germaine De Leon gives a very real physical performance as Kong that you’ll remember.

A much deserved note goes out to the intensely funny and sincere delivery of the ‘black actor’/native chief’s speech in the middle of the play regarding the ‘white man’s’ dominance in film and society which was energetically performed by Arden Haywood. Arden was a pure delight to watch!

Tiffanie McQueen gets a very special nod from me because of her clever scenery and prop design. Such hysterical design and clever site gags make you believe Kong is everywhere. It’s just amazing how creative designers can be.

Whether in the jungle, high atop the Empire State Building or aboard a sea faring vessel, “Kong-A Goddamn Thirty-Foot Gorilla” is a fun, frolic of passion comedy adventure and audience participation. Check out SkyPilot Theatre’s production at www.SkyPilotTheatre.com

Pic 001 Sara Kubida, David Caprita, J.R. Esposito BK - Eric Curtis Johnson, Nathan Wellman
Pic 002 Arden Haywood, Sara Kubida INSET - Zelika Chante, Sara Kubida, Eric Curtis Johnson, Nathan Wellman

 

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Lorenzo Marchessi

Based in Southern California, not far from Downtown Hollywood - Lorenzo Marchessi. has always enjoyed movies, music and theatre first hand. Currently living in the San Fernando Valley Area called the ‘No Ho Arts District properly’ (Originally from Chicago!) – More than fond of Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Dramas, Animation, Independent Films and of course Comedies. I like the short film and the long film (as long as their good!) I saw my first film at the age of six - HELLO DOLLY and I saw LOGAN'S RUN ten times in the theatre! Having actually worked in the production of Film, TV, Radio and live Theatre I can always understand the work that goes into creating ANY Movie, Television Show, Theatre Production, DVD, CD's and even Live Concerts. I love to write and been doing it for decades - literally! I always appreciate any feedback or comments! P.S. My all-time favorite film is ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE along with THE LITTLE MERMAID and THE DESCENDANTS, my favorite TV series of all-time is STAR TREK as well as FRINGE and THE BIG BANG THEORY, my favorite performing artist of all-time is BARRY MANILOW, my favorite actor of all time MR. JACK LEMON and my favorite theatrical productions to date is WICKED and THE PRODUCERS. Contact: Lorenzo M. at Lorenzo@LandMProductions.com !

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  • Comment Link Greg Thursday, 25 October 2012 17:47 posted by Greg

    I would strongly second this review -- this show is one of the funniest I've seen this year.

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