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When: Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 11 2012
Price: $20
The folks at the People's Church in Uptown must be a tolerant bunch—they've allowed National Pastime Theater to move this fourth-annual installment of its nudity-heavy theater festival to the grand old Masonic hall on the church's fourth floor. Fest perennial the Living Canvas returns with a sumptuous set of nude pieces in which high-def projections are used to cast a surreal body-paint effect on a mostly young, mostly female cast. This is popcorn-flick performance art, but take some drugs and see it anyway. No amount of drugs can help the other two entries, though. Written by Jose Rivera of Motorcycle Diaries fame and offered here in an NPT production, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot is a confusing bit of magical realism with touching moments but stilted characters. Cal Yeomans's Richmond Jim, meanwhile, is a 1979 potboiler about a southern yokel's trip to lower Manhattan, where he's introduced to gay BDSM subculture. The Pride Films and Plays staging is allegedly the first in 30 years. —Keith Griffith

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