Monday, November 22, 2010

They Play About the Naked Guy

I didn't really know anything about Impact Theatre's The Play About the Naked Guy by David Bell before I went to see it. I knew the title. I knew one of the characters was a male pornstar. I knew at some point there was full-frontal male nudity.

I think that's really all anyone should know about the play before seeing it. I don't think you should read a review that includes a plot summary. I don't even think you should read the "About the play" blurb on the Impact web site. I think knowing any more about the play than that would spoil it.

And you don't want to spoil it, because its so much fun.

Normally, I'm not a big fan of plays with titles that start "The Play About the". They seemed to get really trendy their for a while. This one works on many levels though, and I appreciated the Marian Seldes reference, which I assume had to be on purpose given that she was in the U.S. premier, off-Broadway production of Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby which also featured full-frontal male (and female) nudity. Ok, maybe that's not on purpose because who would know that? Mostly I appreciated the Marian Seldes reference because Marian Seldes is awesome.

This play is also awesome. It's the perfect holiday play really. Damn, I'd love to tell you all my favorite parts, but that would just ruin it for you. Go see it and then we'll talk.

I'm not even posting a publicity shot. You shouldn't look at those if you go to the Impact site. In fact, just click here. That takes you right to where you buy tickets.

1 comment:

  1. Alan,
    Thank you for the review. Also, thank you for not telling some of the plot points. Some of the reviews have done so, and have taken away the element of surprise for any audience.

    I've always thought the Marian Seldes reference had to do with the frightening (and sad) sight of an 82 year old women tap dancing to support herself.

    John Ferreira (aka Eddie)


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