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Theatre Wed Dec 02 2009

Puppetry of the Penis Resurrects in Chicago

PuppetryPenisShow.jpgWith a marquee this eye-catching you would think it's a show filled with plushy sharp-tongued puppets. Spoiler alert: it's quite the contrary. There are no actual puppets of the conventional nature, and while the widely successful show isn't meant to be sexual, the humor is a bit below the belt.

Turns out, there's an ancient Australian art of genital origami. Think of it as organic instillations (with names like The Eiffel Tower, The Loch Ness Monster and The Hamburger) leaving little to the imagination but carrying many reviewers into "uncontrollable fits of hysterics."

The original show of more than 40, ahem, "instillations" was created by David Friend and Simon Morley and was at one point the only New York off-Broadway hit of the 2001-2002 season. It has been met with high praise at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, London's West End and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In the US, the show has traveled to sold-out crowds in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and will return to Chicago this weekend.

Puppetry of the Penis will be playing at Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway, with Christopher J. Cannon and his puppetry partner Rich Binning with performance times on Friday, December 4; Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 at 7:30pm. For ticket information visit the Lakeshore Theater site or call (773) 472-3492.

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Sara / December 2, 2009 8:12 PM

I saw this show in NYC earlier this year with these 2 guys (Rich and Chris) and it was the funniest thing I've ever seen! I live in the Chicago area and can't wait to see them again!! They're so funny, and cute too!!!

Jaimee / December 3, 2009 3:16 PM

Can't wait! Heard lots of good things about it!

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