King of Kong: A Musical Parody

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King of Kong

Based on the successful 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, this musical parody follows two men, Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, on their quest to achieve the high-score record for the video game Donkey Kong. Playwrights Lauren Van Kurin and Amber Ruffin play Wiebe and Mitchell, as well as multiple other roles, layering their costumes on top of each other for attempted comic effect. Even given the Fringe’s low-budget aesthetic, however, the show seems cheap and slapdash. The musical numbers are sloppy, and the quality of the humor is far below that of the already amusing source. Spend your Fringe coin elsewhere.—Sean Bansi

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