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TO AUG. 24
Australia has never exactly been known as a hotbed of comedy. Sure, it’s given us the Energizer-hawking Jocko, the daffy Dame Edna, the kooky Crocs (Dundee and the Hunter), and, lest we forget, Yahoo Serious. All you can really say to Australia is, “Oz, you better keep AC/DC rockin’ and that Foster’s flowin’ if you wanna justify your existence.” “Puppetry of the Penis,” the nation’s most recent comedic export, is the work of Simon Morley and David Frienda pair of performance artists skilled in the “ancient art of genital origami.” The phallus-demystifying actwhich has a rotating cast to accommodate a rigorous touring schedulehas already been showcased on HBO’s Real Sex and is the subject of a full-length film, Tackle Happy. Friend will perform with Simon Bradley for the tour’s D.C. dateswhich essentially means they’ll get onstage in nothing but sparkly capes and sneakers and do tricks with their dicks. The duo’s signature shape is “the Hamburger,” but they promise such exotic maneuvers as “the Eiffel Tower,” “the Greyhound,” and “KFC.” They also have whole suite of Aussie-indigenous shapes: “the Boomerang,” “the Didgeridoo,” “the Outback Bullfrog,” and “Joey in a Pouch.” And who knows? Perhaps they might just dip their junk in a jar of Vegemite. In this post-Full Monty world, “Puppetry of the Penis” forces us to ponder an important question: Is paying to watch naked men still sexual objectification if it’s, well, this? It certainly takes some serious stones to get up there and do what they’re doing. Personally, I usually just try to be nice to the lil’ felleryou know, hug it when it gets lonely. Experience Down Under humor at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, to Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent St., Rosslyn. $38.50-$42.50. (202) 432-7328. (David Dunlap Jr.)