Hello Penis: a Man-ifesto

Two actor/playwrights have a firm grasp on their manhood

In what could be described as a momentary lapse in judgment, I typed www.hellopenis.com into the Web browser at my office. The on-screen result, visible to at least three co-workers, was a penis cartoon character grinning widely and waving at me. I closed the window hastily, as it wasn’t the penis I was looking for, Joseph Baker and Kevin Poole’s Hello Penis: A Man-ifesto. Their two-man show delves further into sexual and gender politics than does that Web site’s blogs about random people’s sexual endeavors (okay, maybe I didn’t close the window right away). Through monologues, dialogues, and puppets, Baker and Poole combat stereotypes and explore what it means to be a man in contemporary society. Sounds sort of familiar, but both guys insist Hello Penis isn’t a response to Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Whether it’s a play off Ensler’s work or not, here’s another chance to see people talk publicly about privates. Little Red Studio, 750 Harrison St., 328-4758, www.brownpapertickets.com. $10-$20. 8 p.m. Wed., March 5-Sun., March 9. ERIKA HOBART

March 5-9, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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