Out of State nudity: CHOIR BOY in Washington D.C.

From the moderator:


Seems other states started early in showing male nudity onstage. Great news, right?

Thanks Calvin for this tip.  How could I have missed this play back in 2013 when it is being considered comparable to TAKE ME OUT! 

Excerpt from Washington City Paper:

Choir Boy looks like a big hit, and it deserves to be. The musical melodrama, set in an all-black prep school for boys, comes from 34-year-old MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney. Though Studio Theatre’s previously staged his Brother/Sister Plays, a trio with one foot in West African mythology, the prior Studio offering Choir Boy most recalls is Take Me Out, Richard Greenberg’s Tony-winning drama about a gay baseball star.

Let me count the ways: Both plays are about an exceptional young man of color reckoning with homophobia in an exclusively male environment. Both take their time to build a convincing world and establish compelling characters, then sprinkle in an act of violence when it seems they need a little nudge towards a resolution. And both of them—at Studio, anyway—feature abundant full-frontal nudity from a cast of vigorous young bucks as well as functioning onstage showers. (Someone told me once that the showers in Take Me Out were very cold.)

What Choir Boy adds, as you might infer, is music. Superb music.

1501 14th St. NW. $20-$88. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.org

Now thru Feb.22


  1. Thanks, Calvin. This one really slipped through the cracks. It seems to have had the nudity intact from New York to the West Coast and back to the East. Could it be the singing mixed with nudity that threw us off? Who thinks to check audition notices for Take Me Out-style nudity in a MUSICAL?

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