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“Terminator Too: Judgment Play” – Los Angeles theater review for LA Weekly

 

Hey readers! This week my theater review for the LA Weekly is of the comedy Terminator Too: Judgment Play, a silly, spoofy show now playing Sat nights at the Viper Room on Sunset.

We gave it a “GO!”

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TERMINATOR TOO: JUDGMENT PLAY

Some of the folks involved with the long-running Point Break Live! have regrouped to present another live spoof of a popular movie, this time putting everyone’s favorite action ham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in their sights.

The interactive stage show recruits their leading man from the audience, getting willing showoffs to leap onstage, do some push-ups and deliver the iconic line “I’ll be back” for an audience rating. The one with the most strangled Austrian accent gets the role for the night and is prompted throughout with dialogue on laminated flash cards presented by a saucy Latina maid (Melanie Minchino).

It’s tempting to suspect the hero in the performance reviewed was a slightly coached plant; he was way too good. Supporting cast brings ample enthusiasm for the absurd and fast-paced nonsense, especially petite Joya Mia Italiano doing her best, squeaky-voiced Edward Furlong impersonation as the bratty teenager John Connor, and ripped, no-nonsense Christi Waldon as Sarah Connor.

Production values are deliberately (and hilariously) low-tech, including robo-costumes made from aluminum roasting trays and cars clearly constructed from cardboard. Plastic ponchos are provided to protect the audience from the barrage of water gunfire and blood splatters throughout.

Silly, messy and moderately funny, the show’s two 45-minute acts fly by.

TERMINATOR TOO: JUDGMENT PLAY

The Viper Room

8852 W. Sunset Blvd.,

West Hollywood

Sat., 7:30 & 10:30 p.m.

Through Dec. 8, 2012.

(310) 358-1881

 

 

KONG: A Goddamn Thirty-Foot Gorilla – Los Angeles theater review for LA Weekly

Photo by Robin Polk.

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KONG: A Goddamn Thirty-Foot Gorilla

has been extended through SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2012

My recent theater review for the LA Weekly is of KONG: A Goddamn Thirty-Foot Gorilla by Adam Hahn, and directed by Jaime Robledo.

A SkyPilot Theatre production, KONG is now playing at the T.U. Studios in North Hollywood.

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KONG: A Goddamn Thirty-Foot Gorilla

Adam Hahn’s spoofy homage to King Kong, the 1933 creature feature about a colossal gorilla that is captured and runs amok in New York City, is an ambitious undertaking. Just how do you depict a giant ape on stage without stop-motion animation trickery and cinema magic?

Director Jaime Robledo’s brand of creative staging and low-tech gimmickry include trompe l’oeil shifts in perspective and scale. Hence when platinum blonde bewigged scream queen Anne (Sara Kubida) is in the grip of Kong’s giant paw, the actor playing Kong (all snuffles and primal bellowing, Germaine De Leon) can also be seen clutching a Barbie doll.

Cast members tilt and sway in unison to suggest the passage of a ship. Tifanie McQueen’s scenic and prop designs are minimal and effective, and curiously less complicated to re-set than the lengthy scenes in front of the curtain should warrant. Yet some of these odd scenes, including shipman Jack Driscoll’s (Eric Curtis Johnson) confessions to an AA meeting and Skull Island Native Chief (Arden Haywood) shedding his headdress to instruct us about “race” movies from the 1930s, offer some deliciously amusing rewards.

Audience members are enlisted to the air squadron for Kong’s Empire State Building climactic demise by the supply of do-it-yourself paper airplanes.

 

Photo by Robin Polk.

 

KONG: A Goddamn Thirty-Foot Gorilla

SkyPilot Theatre

at T.U. Studios

10943 Camarillo St.,

North Hollywood.

Performances:

Saturdays, Sundays, at 8PM.

Continues through November 25, 2012

Box Office:

(800) 838-3006

 

 

Theater review for LA Weekly – “Dames at Sea” at the Colony

Production photo by Michael Lamont.

Gentle readers, this week’s theater review for the LA Weekly is of the fun and frothy tap-musical parody Dames at Sea, currently running at the Colony Theater in Burbank.

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Dames at Sea

Frothy nonsense involving a diva, an irascible stage director, a handful of plucky chorines and two handsome sailors, Dames at Sea is a peachy-keen tap musical. First staged in the late 60s, the sweet and mildly racy show sends-up the lavish 1930s Busby Berkeley-style movie musicals where an understudy steps into a lead role on Broadway gaining instant stardom. The inside joke is that the parody is achieved with a mere cast of six, a tiny stage and two pianos and percussion (performing off stage). You can only imagine the frantic quick changes going on backstage as the performers switch characters and costumes.

Fresh off the bus from Centerville, bright-eyed cutie-pie Ruby (Tessa Grady) falls in love, has her heart broken, regains love and debuts in a (hilariously relocated) Broadway musical, in a whirlwind 24 hours. Sixteen pretty songs include the forlorn “Raining in my Heart.” While the tapping could have been crisper, everyone is in fine voice.

 

Dames at Sea

Book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, music by Jim Wise.

Playing Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 13.

Colony Theatre

555 N. Third St.,

Burbank

818-558-7000