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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 1 2009

The cast of this National Pastime Theater Naked July festival show is only partially naked part of the time, but don't let technicalities keep you away. Tennessee Williams's frustrating, fascinating 1960 "occidental Noh play"--unproduced until director David Kaplan staged it at Links Hall last year--transplants Jackson Pollock's last, alcohol-fueled day to a Tokyo hotel. Wearing a loincloth and body paint, the action painter descends into suicidal self-pity while his mistress desperately plots to claim her piece of his estate. The script is equal parts indiscriminate excess and crafty restraint, but Kaplan orchestrates Williams's warring rhythms into a bracing, thought-provoking 70-minute ritual. Jennie Moreau is mesmerizing as the addled, high-strung mistress. Other festival entries: Nocturne, The Girlie-Q Variety Hour, The Great American Nudie Spectacular, Speakeasy to Me, and Afternoon Delight: A Seminar on Female Orgasm. --Justin Hayford

Price: $20, festival pass $75



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