Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Puppetry of the Penis. (Theater Review: Stupid People Tricks)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Puppetry of the Penis. (Theater Review: Stupid People Tricks)

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Puppetry of the Penis * Conceived, created, and performed by Simon Morley and David Friend * John Houseman Theatre, New York City (open run)

Marcel Duchamp was truly a genius. In fact, the French-born trickster-philosopher of 20th-century art was so smart that he probably knew, when he signed a urinal in 1917 to declare that anything can be art, that one day two 30-something Australians would tour the globe doing party tricks with their flaccid penises for paying audiences. Puppetry of the Penis evolved from adolescent games that Simon Morley and his younger brother invented into a stand-up routine performed by Morley and David Friend at a Melbourne comedy festival and then parlayed into an international sensation.

As is generally the case with conceptual art, the charm and wit of Puppetry are contained mostly in the marketing and the anticipation. The ads bill it as demonstrating "the ancient Australian art of genital origami" and announce that it picks up where The Full Monty leaves off--clever lines. …

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