Review On Disrobed: Why So Clothes-minded?


Monique LeBleu

Monique LeBleu

Event Editor, Registered Critic, Writer


Although the “meet the parents” trope may seem a bit worn, what is unique here is the twist on the reasons for trepidation by one member of the couple. Brought before you is something that might never make the average deal breaker list, but presents a true test of an unconditional love that might endure. Knowing this was an adaptation of a play from the 1930s has made me curious to the original, as Steven Vlasak's update contains just enough contemporary cultural nods to make it fresh, while still containing enough tasteful, but not tactless, nudity puns to keep it funny and from feeling dated.

For the clothing optional performance of “Disrobed: Why so clothes-minded?” the show quickly brought the open nudity comfort level up with picture projections of everyday naturists during the walk in at house open. From there, the performers quickly did the same. When characters were comfortable, so was the audience. But by the same token, when the characters are nervous, we empathize more and find ourselves waiting for the moment that they become comfortable in their “skin.” The quickness and ease in which this all takes place brings well our focus to the emotions of the characters. This a testament to the actors, where only some are actual naturists, and the work of Director Brian Knudson. (NO EXTERNAL STORY URL LINK)