It's all in the angle of the dangle

In an offbeat response to the acclaimed and controversial Vagina Monologues, there's a sensational new take in Uncut - The Penis Monologues.

Directed by Vita award-winning director Garth Anderson, this newly scripted adults-only show stars Clinton Marius in a raunchy, entertaining , cheeky and challenging look at male sexuality and - wait for it - what being a man means in the 21st century.

The contentious script, which includes invited contributions from a number of high-profile writers, sheds light on seldom-discussed issues.

These include circumcision, chauvinism, homophobia, penis envy and the differences between men and women.

"Men are as incapable of relating to women or each other as they were a century ago," says Marius.

"We are still at war. On one side we are faced with insensitive, macho bullies, and on the other, men who cry during art movies and are of no use around the house. And under no circumstances should two men share an umbrella!"

Beneath its entertaining facade the show puts forward much material for serious consideration and debate.

This outspoken production includes nudity and is definitely not recommended for the squeamish and/or the faint-hearted.

"I hope the air-conditioner in the theatre is not too cold," quips Marius.

After its successful debut season in Durban last September and two subsequent seasons in KwaZulu Natal late last year, the production is now scheduled to play at Cape Town's Artscape Arena from April 6 to April 17.

Evening performances are at 8.15pm from Tuesday to Saturday and at 6pm on Sunday.

Saturday matinees on April 10 and 17 are at 2.30pm.

Booking is through Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695 and Computicket.

Tickets cost R50. For further details and information call 082 654 0630.

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