Target Margin's world premiere is a subversive dark comedy that reimagines the making of the classic 1933 film King Kong. More…
"The Making of King Kong" is a theatrical journey into the cultural monster behind the myth. The play takes a brutal look at America’s history of white patriarchy, imperialism, and sexism through the eyes of original King Kong creators Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, and Hollywood starlet Fay Wray.
"To be clear, what Lisa Clair has placed before her audience is no blatantly academic study...'The Making of King Kong' itself teeters in and out of pure insanity, absurdism and pointlessness, irony and sarcasm, like a vaudeville show on an acid trip or a cabinet of horrifying curiosities...Claire, though wrapped in the scrappy, eccentric volatility of experimental theater, is a challenging and provoking playwright, smart and admirably critical—hilarious, too." Full Review
“None of the previous versions have a song remotely like ‘King Kong Plays Ping Pong With His Ding Dong.' That alone is reason to revisit Skull Island...One of director Eugene Ma’s many fine touches is having the actors perform in front of a movie screen projecting the same scene/dialogue delightfully out-of-sync...An enjoyable look at an iconic movie. It also asks and answers some of the many questions the film raises without Hollywood or Broadway pretensions.” Full Review
“A ‘fantasia’ of a play that interrogates the original film through a feminist, intersectional lens...Clair’s play has the exuberant, outsider feeling of a graduate school thesis project, bursting with intelligent ideas, surprises at every turn, and playful experimentation with form that make it exciting to engage with, but just a tad too manic and unfocused for its own good...’The Making of King Kong’ is really an argument for the negation of the Kong narrative itself.” Full Review
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