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Brooks Atkinson was an American theatre critic, Atkinson worked for The New York Times from 1925 to 1960. He was a champion of the artful striptease and supported performers such as Sally Rand and Gypsy Rose Lee.
COMING SOON – THE NANCE
Center: Richard Gray. Clockwise from left: Jasmine Jean Sim, Ann Cornelius, Drew Highlands, Jeff Steitzer, Diana McQueen. Photo by John McLellan.
October 26 – November 19, 2017
By Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by Mathew Wright
Set in the beating heart of the naughty, raucous world of 1930s burlesque, THE NANCE brings to life an American era when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay. Chauncey Miles (Richard Gray) performs as a “nance”, a popular comedy act packed with double entendre and camp parodies of gay men. While most “nance” actors are straight, Chauncey is not, and – at a time when gay communities were subject to police raids and moral outrage – Chauncey is left with no choice but to hide his identity while he mocks it onstage.
“A heartfelt period piece about coded and censored gay life in 1930s New York…this is Beane’s finest straight (well, straight-acting) play since THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED.” —Time Out (New York)
Run time is approx. 2.5 hours with an intermission.
* Content advisory: this play features full nudity.
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