You probably expected this from the title, but get ready – The Penis Apology does not hold anything back.
Impressively, Ankur Sengupta wrote, produced, directed, and starred in The Penis Apology. It was performed at the Etcetera Theatre above the Oxford Arms pub.
The show begins with a man panicking; he has accidentally run over his girlfriend’s cat. He has to figure out a way to apologize before she gets home. This single apology turns into a flow of tirades about feminism, gender issues, racism, capitalism, sex, and trauma.
The writing was really good. The story flowed really well, and I was very impressed at how he remembered his script with no cues from other actors. Sengupta was passionate and used the whole space on the stage. He had me doubled over laughing at times with his hilarious lines and expressive demeanour. I was thoroughly entertained throughout the entire show, which is a big achievement as he had no other actors or props (except for a chair).
Sengupta cleverly used this play to comment, complain, and reflect on the expectations of men in 2022. His opinions didn’t always seem to be consistent, but then again, that is the reality of humans.
The play received a standing O (pun intended). Unfortunately, The Penis Apology has no more shows running at the moment, but keep your eyes peeled for a revival!
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