Out of state: Equus

Peter Shaffer’s  “Equus” when it galloped onto the theater scene in the 1970s continues in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s stunningly crafted production, featuring intense performances and breathtaking moments of high drama.
Playwright Peter Shaffer’s story of a teenager who commits a horrible crime and the psychiatrist who is charged with helping him arrived on Broadway in 1973 as a sensation. “Equus” was seen wholly original and exhilarating, with its brew of psychoanalysis, religious zeal and eroticism, along with nudity, violence and an inspired representation of horses onstage.

Spencer Hamp plays Alan Strang


Where: Pittsburgh Public Theater at the O’Reilly Theater, Downtown.
When: Through Oct. 29 . 7 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday (plus 2 p.m. Oct. 26), 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday (except Sept. 30 and Oct. 7), 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday (2 p.m only on Oct 29).
Tickets: $30-$75 ($15.75 for students and age 26 and younger); 412-316-1600 or ppt.org.


  1. This is a cast full of excellent actors, and they do a great job. Very beautiful theater. They do, however, screw up the nudity. There are a bunch of people who choose plays with nudity, and many theaters subtly announce and advertise nudity. Occasionally the boy is nude in the Equus “ha ha” scene (sex with horse) and opens act two still naked. Usually the boy and the girl are nude in the “I put it in her” scene. Not in Pittsburgh, though. They do this sex scene in their underwear. Then she leaves, and he delivers the advertised nudity by removing his jockey shorts and being mean to the horses.

  2. New shows in NYC with frontal nudity:
    -“Oedipus El Rey” at the Public. The actor is Juan Castano
    -“M Butterfly” on Broadway. The actor is Jin Ha.
    -“Richard III” at BAM. The actor is Lars Eidinger.

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