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The Cockwhisperer - A Love Story

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Colette Kendall — the funnywoman behind fringe hits Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour and Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram? — makes a lot of penis jokes in the cheekily titled Cock Whisperer: A Love Story, her impressive dildo close at hand. But she’s also crafted a fun, frothy (sorry) coming-of-age memoir that’s ultimately tender and touching.

Like protagonist of a Judy Blume novel, Kendall is navigating her adolescence in the ’70s, her sexuality awakened by a boy in a Black Sabbath T-shirt her parents loathed and for whom she valiantly attempts a striptease to The Hustle. She’s an engaging storyteller and a great physical comedian — and she’s not afraid to get heavy when she needs to. When she details the abusive nine-year marriage she lost herself in, becoming a cloistered housewife/sex slave she didn’t recognize, your heart breaks for her.

While the show has great energy, some of the jokes could use an update; some veer dangerously close to the kind of dated Cosmopolitan material Kendall is attempting to send up. That said, one joke involving a certain Canadian politician’s face made this reviewer snort-laugh.

— Jen Zoratti

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Colette Kendall

Cast: Colette Kendall

"Hilarious and haunting" - Edmonton Journal

"GET PAST THE TITLE, this show should not be missed" - Theatre in London

From the three-time Canadian Comedy Award-nominated performer Colette Kendall, creator of the smash hits Tippi Seagram's Happy Hour and Who's Afraid of Tippi Seagram? Comes something different. The Cockwhisperer-A Love Story.

The story of one woman's quest to find the love and the penis of her dreams. A phallic journey both humourous and dark.

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Mild Language, Sexual Content

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