Salome Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 20 2011

In the Bible, when King Herod promises Salome anything she wants in return for a (presumably dirty) dance, it's Salome's mom who comes up with the idea of asking for John the Baptist's head. In this take by Oscar Wilde, Salome herself makes the demand. Getting her revenge on John for rebuffing her lustful advances, Salome ends up planting a big, nasty smooch on his dead mouth. Laurence Bryan's striking production for National Pastime Theater's Naked July festival not only gives us a long full-frontal look at Salome in the raw but displays the Baptist's junk from the first moment until the executioner blocks our view. The opening exposition is weirdly garbled, but the principal actors are all excellent--especially David Bettino as Herod. --Dan Weissmann

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

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