The National Pastime Theater presents Oscar Wilde’s darkly erotic and decadent Salome.
Salome runs Fridays and Saturdays July 1 through August 20 at 8pm.
Directed by Laurence Bryan and produced by Laurence Bryan and Keely Haddad-Null.
Chicago Theater Beat:
“The phrase “Naked Art Festival” intrigued me. Although I have seen nudity on stage, I’ve never experienced a theatrical spectacle committed to complete nakedness…I did enjoy Salome and I’m not a pervert…I’m engaged by the tale of ancient greed and corruption…What does happen is a tightly paced show directed by Laurence Bryan. A standout, Kaitlin Chin (Herodias) dominates the stage with intense manipulation…The costumes by designer Julia Zayas-Melendez are exquisite.”
“David Bettino carries the show acting-wise as an arrogant but troubled Herod, while Joshua Harris (Iokanaan) and Becca Wolfe (Salome) handle the nudity aspect—Harris for the entire show and Wolfe for the brief climax of her dance of the seven veils.”
“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 principal actors are all excellent, especially David Bettino as Herod.