Ennio brings tasteful adult humor to the paper doll

Did you play with paper dolls when you were a kid? Or as a grown-up did you get a Venus de Milo or Michelangelo David cut-out magnet and dress it up? Ennio Marchetto grew up become a living paper doll. He’s a man in a black unitard with expressive eyes, a hairy chest and red, red lips lip-synching while wearing paper costumes that fold into and out of different caricatures of famous people (most of whom are or were American).

This isn’t deep, but it is entertaining. My husband and I had been having a bad week–bad neighbors will do that do you (not so bad they are literally sucking blood). Yet for 90-minutes, we were able to forget our cares and examine our knowledge of pop culture.

Peggy Lee? We know her. Liza Minnelli? Ian didn’t. I did.  Cher, of course. But hip hop singers? We failed. But we did get Justin Bieber. Go, go, go if you can afford it.

Ennio grew up enchanted by Walt Disney, but his characters sometimes take an adult turn. Lady Gaga becomes…well, I don’t want to spoil it? Big-busted Dolly Parton’s boobs bounce and get in her face.  Some things are pulled out of surprising places.

Afterward, skip over to Elements and if you have only a little time and space, try the blueberry sorbet. Heavenly!

ENNIO stars Ennio Marchetto, from an original concept by Ennio Marchetto.  Design and direction is by Ennio Marchetto and Sosthen Hennekam. Lighting and sound design is by Sosthen Hennekam.

ENNIO will play at The Pasadena Playhouse from August 23 – 28, 2011.  The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena.  The performance schedule is Tuesday through Thursday at 7:00 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. All tickets for the Tuesday, August 23rd, performance are $15.00. Regular ticket price range is from $15.00 – $29.00, with Premium Seating available for $100.00. Rush tickets are available for $20.00 one hour prior to the performance time and are subject to availability.  Rush tickets must be purchased at The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office. Tickets are available by calling the Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Monday from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates and Tuesday- Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on performance dates.  The box office is closed on holidays.  Tickets are available 24 hours online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.  Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161. For additional information visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

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