I have been asked by people whether the local actors are nude on stage during the current Actors Guild of Parkersburg's performance of "The Full Monty."
I have told these inquiring minds that I haven't seen the show, but intend to, and I would try to find out.
In the Americanized musical stage version of the British film, six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers, low on cash, decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing women's enthusiasm for a touring company of the Chippendales.
One of the steelworkers says their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they will go "the full monty" - strip all the way.
In a recent letter to the editor in The News and Sentinel, a Parkersburg resident condemned the Actors Guild for performing this musical comedy. The letter has caused a buzz in the community, said one of the actors in "The Full Monty."
After talking to the show's director, R.J. Lowe, and adviser to the director, John Lee, I received two different approaches to my question about nudity during "The Full Monty."
Lee, a veteran actor/director, answered the nudity question without reservation, while Lowe, another theater veteran, answered my question but thought the answer might spoil the intrigue behind the show for future audiences.
Lee, who attended both opening weekend shows last week, said "The Full Monty" received a wonderful response from the local audiences.
"People cheered and laughed in the middle," Lee said. "It got standing ovations and no one complained or walked out."
Last Friday night's opening performance was sold out and the Guild theater was three-fourths full on Saturday night.
Two women, who appeared to be in their 70s, looked at each other during "The Full Monty" and were laughing as loud as anyone in the theater, said Lee, who is 83 years old.
Throughout the show, the question is will the steelworkers appear nude, Lee said.
Lowe said "The Full Monty" is not a "dirty show" and instead is a moving production that presents the real-life issues and struggles that people face, such as unemployment.
Lowe finds it sad "The Full Monty" has gotten a certain reputation because of 20 seconds at the end of the show out of a 2.5-hour production.
Josh Martin, a steelworker in the play, said "The Full Monty" is more than just guys taking their clothes off.
"It is funny from the get-go and has great music and dance numbers," Martin said. "Those I talked to told me people at the show were having a good time."
So as not to spoil the ending for those who haven't seen "The Full Monty" show, I won't reveal the answer to the nudity question.
Remaining performances (for adult audiences) are today at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and April 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.
Being a guest at the White House is becoming a common occurrence for Parkersburg native Shane Lyons. Lyons, deputy director of athletics/ chief operating officer at the University of Alabama, joined the Alabama football team and coaches at the White House Monday in being honored by President Barack Obama. Alabama's football team was recognized for winning its second consecutive national title in the Bowl Championship Series and third title in the past four years. Lyons, a 1983 graduate of Parkersburg High School, said Obama congratulated the Crimson Tide for winning its 15th national football championship. Alabama gave the president a football jersey and helmet with the No. 15 on them and a football. The Alabama team walked through the White House, shook hands with the president, got pictures taken and visited the Smithsonian on a quick trip to Washington, Lyons said. Lyons, who helps run the day-to-day operations of the athletic department, which has 21 sports programs and a $105 million budget, was hired by the University of Alabama in November 2011. He is the son of David and Sue Lyons of Vienna and received bachelor's and master's degrees from West Virginia University.
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