|Theater||The Hideout Theatre|
|Subsequent Run(s)||Oct-Dec 2006|
Gorilla Theater was a Johnstonian format put on by The Hideout Theatre.
Gorilla Theater is a format invented by Keith Johnstone. There are six players. The players take turns directing scenes. Each scene is then judged by the audience -- if the audience collectively liked the scene, the player gets a "banana", usually represented by a yellow paper banana they can affix on a scoreboard by their name. If the audience collectively disliked the scene, the player gets a "forfeit". When this happens, the player has to draw a slip of paper from a bucket, and the paper has some embarrassing or onerous task written on it, which they then have to do in penance for their bad scene.
There is also a player in a gorilla costume. The gorilla does not direct, but is often called upon to participate in scenes.
- "Run around the theater."
- "Call your mother and apologize for this awful scene."
- "Tell us an embarrassing fact about yourself."
The show was put on sporadically during the early years of the Hideout, and then ran as a mainstage show from October 2006 to December 2006.