Naked July Festival | National Pastime Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 1 2010
Price: $20, festival pass $75
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Of the two shows that opened National Pastime Theater's annual celebration of the body, only one sings. The Living Canvas: Demons is a trippy and affecting piece about two sisters, one apparently struggling with mental illness and the other struggling to understand. Meagan Piccochi's sinuous if occasionally repetitive choreography and Isaac Mandel's stellar soundscape combine with Pete Guither's stunning digital imagery--projected on the naked bodies of the 10-member cast--to create a garden of psychedelic delights. By contrast, Keely Haddad-Null's The Emperor's New Clothes is a muddled satire that sets the Hans Christian Andersen tale in a dystopic Los Angeles. The cast gets naked, but there's less here than meets the eye. The other festival entries are Eros, a "multimedia performance collage" curated by Shifra Werch, and Clock Productions' version of The Emperor's New Clothes, The Tumultuous Tale of the Tragically Transparent Tunic. --Kerry Reid

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