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Theater Review: Puppetry of the Penis at the Coast Playhouse

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Puppeteers Rich Binning and Christopher J Cannon of Puppetry of the Penis. Their 'puppets' are hidden away,
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Puppetry of the Penis, now playing at the Coast Playhouse through March 28, doesn't exactly use puppets in the traditional sense. Maybe sock puppets--just without the socks.

College buddies Rich Binning and Christopher J Cannon are the two puppeteers on the Los Angeles run who've been trained in "The Ancient Australian Art of Genital Origami." In other words, they've taken what some guys do for fun to a whole new level. To put it even more bluntly: The duo are on stage for 45-50 in nothing but their birthday suits and Nike high tops playing with their penises for a crowd that's half-mesmerized and half-weirded out. If that's your definition of a good time, then get to the Coast Playhouse before the end of the run.

Once over the schlong shock factor, the audience settles in for a night of good, old-fashioned parlor tricks, where the two use their entire manly nether regions to create penile installations like "The Brain" and "The Eiffel Tower." There were a number of food references as well, which caused a few waves of queasiness in the audience. Personally, we wished they would have called the hot dog trick something else besides the "Dodger Dog."