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My Chicago Theatre Experience -- Contains Some Graphic Discussion of Nudity
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 01:17 pm EDT 10/09/19
In reply to: re: Have any ATC-ers actually seen LINDA VISTA at Steppenwolf's Chicago venue? - davei2000 11:38 am EDT 10/09/19

I just went through all my Steppenwolf playbills. Of course, several of their plays featured passionate sexual scenes and situations, but none to my recollection showed actors displaying bare butts, genitalia, or nipples.

Tennesse Williams' One Arm (in 2004) featured a fairly graphic love scene with the male actor showing plenty of skin but it was staged in such a way that there was no nudity -- and there is no warning on Steppenwolf's website that there was nudity in the production.

The closest thing to nudity at Steppenwolf that I can recall was in Airline Highway where a female actor wore an open robe in one scene with very excessive cleavage (but no nipples showing) and when a clothed male actor squatted on stage in another scene, because I was sitting in the first row, I could see his ass crack.

I've easily seen over 100 shows at Goodman. In their 2009 production of Desire Under the Elms, there was a scene of Pablo Schreiber getting out of a bathtub. The audience got a brief, discreet side view of his body, but no shot of his bare butt or genitalia.

Regarding Chicago Shakespeare and Victory Gardens, I've seen around 25 productions at each theater over the years and have not seen nudity in any of their productions.

That pretty much sums up what I have encountered at the 4 Equity theaters I referred to as the giants.

I have seen nudity in various productions at Court Theatre, specifically in Angels in America, M. Butterfly, perhaps others. However, it was not full frontal.

Does that clear up the confusion?
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