Variety, November 29-December 5, 1999
Games With Names
Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" isn't the only play out
there having problems with P.C. police in the press. Not surprisingly, Jeff Goode's new
comedy "Poona the Fuckdog and Other Plays for Children," which premieres Nov. 28 from the
Adobe Theater Co., is also experiencing some censorship.
What's in a name?
Television has resisted the charms of Ensler's play due to its title. Over at
the Adobe, producing director Chris Roberts finds that "Poona" is getting a mixed
reception even in the more liberal printed press. "Time Out has been great. They put us in their
fall preview," says Roberts. Other periodicals have been less kind. "Newsday not only wouldn't
list the play, but they're not going to come see the show." And what about the Gray Lady? As of
last week, the New York Times would review, Roberts said. Asterisks were invented for just
"Poona" is performed at the Ohio Theater in SoHo.