LA Weekly - April 21-27, 2006

GO! POONA THE FUCKDOG AND OTHER PLAYS FOR CHILDREN This latest offering from Sacred Fools is a bawdy, comedic romp through "the land of allegory and myth." Jeff Goode's play features a series of vignettes that are loosely tied together by Poona (Jordan Savage), a lonely canine who, in her search for "somebody to play with," ends up serving as a sports hero, a spokesperson and, as her name suggests, an object of lust. Amid the sexcapades between Poona and The Handsome Prince (Michael Lanahan) are the storylines of the numerous other characters that populate this fantasy universe, including a talking shrub (Bruno Oliver), The Man Who Could Sell Anything (Eric Curtis Johnson) and a pair of aliens (Brendan Hunt and Andy Corren). While the play satirizes a number of our political and social institutions, one of the highlights of the show is a chilling interaction between a child prodigy (Laura Sperrazza) and her Hal 9000-esque computer (Kimberly Atkinson) that seduces her into virtual-reality violence. Carlos Fedos' set design evokes elementary school pageants of our youth. Sperrazza, Oliver, Philip Newby and Ruth Silveira deliver notable performances. Sacred Fools Theater Company, 660 N. Heliotrope Dr., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru May 27 (no perfs May 5, 6, & 7). (310) 281-8337. (Mayank Keshaviah)