Theater & Performing Arts

The Play About the Naked Guy

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18 2010

We've caught Impact Theatre in a weird run of campy, gay-themed plays, which occasionally make the small Berkeley theater company seem more salacious than it really is. Fortunately, many of them are quite funny. Case in point: The Play About the Naked Guy, a new slapstick farce by David Bell, in which a small Off-Off-Broadway acting troupe called the Integrity Players teams up with a slimy porn producer and two lackeys to mount a new, glittery version of The Passion of the Christ. Quick-witted, in-jokey dialogue, well-choreographed dance sequences, and inter-scene pop music are the play's strengths. The actors vary in quality, and include a few who were plucked directly from the camp world -- two graced Ray of Light's recent production of Jerry Springer: The Opera, while another did the Cockettes' Pearl Over Shanghai. Nonetheless, director EvrenOdcikinpicked a couple people with real verve;Monica Cappuccini, who plays the malevolent Mrs. Anderson, is the real star. She's fierce. Through Dec.11 at La Val's Subterranean (1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley). $12-$20. ImpactTheatre.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $10-$20

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