Beast Women | National Pastime Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Beast Women Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays, Sundays. Continues through July 31 2011

There's lots of nakedness, both physical and emotional, in this variety show presented as part of National Pastime Theater's Naked July festival. Each installment features the talents of a half-dozen or so women out of a rotating crew of 30. The show I attended included poetry, original songs, burlesque-style striptease, a belly dancer, and a monologist. Aiming to "support women in the arts," producer/directors Jill Erickson and Michelle Power offer amateur work, for better and for worse, emphasizing self-expression above all. The sincerity is endearing, the courage is touching, and most of the performers have talent as well as heart. --Dan Weissmann

Price: $20, $75 for Naked July festival pass

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