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Dirty Pooh 

Thursday, Apr 22 2010
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How does Zombie Joe's Underground make A.A. Milne's short story "In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into a Tight Place" NSFW? When Winnie the Pooh (John Byford) gets stuck in Rabbit's (Catherine Weiss) hole, ZJU doesn't mean 'burrow.' That's the capper of four radically reimagined tales from Pooh Corner — or should I say, the Pooh Corner confessions. Writer Adam Neubauer and director Miss Amanda Marquardt have set a new high — or low — for fractured fairy tales: Christopher Robin (Lisa Younger) is a drunk, Tigger (Devavani Conroy) a sex fiend, Eeyore (Neubauer) a guyliner addict, and Piglet (Jonica Patella) is a pint-sized, tits-mad, manic masturbator who sticks a balloon of coke up her ass. As for Pooh, he's so devoted to licking every last drop of honey from his beloved hunny pot (charming silent comedienne Jaclyn Ngan), I blushed harder than a 12-year-old watching a sex scene with his grandma. But Dirty Pooh doesn't flinch. The cast and creative team are so do-or-die committed that you'd swear everyone in Pooh Corner had balls of steel — if their spandex outfits hadn't already given you a good look. Go, but get a babysitter or prepare to answer even tougher questions than "What's a Tigger?" ZJU Theater Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., N.Hlywd.; opens April 9; Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; through May 1. (818) 202-4120.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. Starts: April 9. Continues through May 1, 2010
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