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King Kong The Musical! (Pinecone Penguin Productions)

By | Published on Sunday 18 August 2013

I’ll be honest: when I heard I was going to ‘King Kong the Musical!’ I didn’t know whether to laugh or vomit. Thankfully the main component is an awful meta-musical; after half the cast quit a group of actors are forced to perform their musical to a Broadway producer. Though it gets some big laughs, the performances aren’t strong enough to take it from funny to side-splittingly hilarious. Vocals are overwhelmed by the music, and an ending which is intended to move you only makes you awkwardly wish they’d shut up and do more funny stuff. A few diaphragm warm-ups and scrapping the earnest bits would make this a much better show. It’s not big, it’s not clever, but it’s all right for a silly chuckle.

The Space @ Niddry Street, until 10 Aug, 3.50pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Holly Sharp]