The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0619 Wednesday, 29 March 2000.
Date: Tuesday, 28 Mar 2000 22:17:50 -0500
Subject: Show World Stripper M for M
I found this story about the theater where the stripper M for M will
open this summer on AVN's site, and thought it would be of interest to
those considering seeing it.
March 24, 2000
NEW YORK - For years, the Show World Theater was one of the prime spots
for porn films and other forms of adult entertainment. But complying
with New York's 60-40 law - requiring adult businesses to limit adult
material to 40 percent of their total product - means the Show World has
replaced their X-rated goods with independent films and way-off Broadway
In fact, if you go to the Show World today, you'll see nothing of its
porn history except for the quarter video-booths in the main lobby, and
the mirrors, neon, red paint, and dim lighting often associated with
adult establishments of yore.
For now, the Show World is presenting Chekhov Vaudevilles - early
comedies and one-acts by the Russian dramatist - every weekend, in both
the Go-Go Room and the Big Top Room. The Show World's former VIP Room,
once known as the Triple Treat Lounge, is now the Pantheon Theater, with
short plays as the main attraction, according to the New York Post.
Although the paper says many patrons aren't exactly thrilled to walk
past the old peep show booths to see a play, there are others who think
the porn surroundings have a peculiarly unique benefit. As artistic
director Aaron Beall tells the paper, "People are always looking for
live girls and wind up seeing a Chekhov play. They go 'Oh, I'm here, I
might as well see something,' and they like it."
--- Humphrey Pennyworth