Jon Bennett surprises with some decent storytelling in sophomoric-titled show.
Jon Bennett surprises with some decent storytelling in sophomoric-titled show.

Pretending Things Are a Cock was not a show I sought, but it was the show that fit my day two Fringe schedule. With zero expectations given its sophomoric title, I admit to being surprised, largely because Australian Jon Bennett turned out to be a decent storyteller.

Bennett’s forced-perspective photos of making objects appear to be his penis is at the center of his show, but he also relates a few stories along the way. From growing up with a “dickish” older brother to his three-year odyssey around the world taking his photos, Bennett is both engaging and funny.

A highlight is the story of a surprising find deep in the jungles of the Amazon rain forest.  But like me, you may wish the tale of his Machu Picchu cock photo had more to do with the young Swede he met, rather than a too-long tale of incontinence. One supposes, though, it is perhaps not his story to tell.

While Bennett lures audiences with its provocative title, there is some substance behind Pretending Things Are a Cock. But let’s be realistic, the title is pretty much what this show is about. And while Bennett can definitely spin a yarn, really it is all about, well, you know.

Pretending Things Are a Cock continues at the False Creek Gym (1318 Cartwright St, Vancouver) as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.