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

Photo by Robin Polk.


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.


Saturdays, Sundays, at 8PM.

Continues through November 25, 2012

Box Office:

(800) 838-3006



Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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