At an early age, most people recognize that the asshole (and all its byproducts) has great comic potential. But playwright Jane Kansas elevates the exploration of the beloved poop shoot far above everyday toilet humour with The Asshole Monologues
. In her charming, hysterical homage to The Vagina Monologues
, she explores everything from the sexual, sensual side of the butthole to the importance of colorectal cancer screening. It's hard to imagine a better cast than actors Hugo Dann, Mike McLeod and Vanessa Walton-Bone. Dann does a lovely turn as a fey, lisping ER nurse who rhymes off a list of incredible items that have been extracted from people's back passages. McLeod is sweet and convincing as he rhapsodizes about his character's first anal sex experience. But it's Walton-Bone(r) who gives the show's most memorable performance as the delightfully frank woman empowered by her strap-on. Don't be an ass. Get your butt to this show.
To Dec 5, Plutonium Playhouse, 2315 Hunter Street, 8 pm (Sat Dec 4 at
3 pm and Sun Dec 5 at 3 pm) $20/$15, 423-4653