N.C. Theatre’s The Full Monty

3 MAR 2010  •  by Zack Smith

 

The big moment arrives in “The Full Monty.”
Photo by Curtis Brown Photography

 

The Full Monty

N.C. Theatre at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Through March 7

Popular culture has a sort of carousel-like relationship to real life; it starts off as relevant, slowly fades into the past, then comes around to become relevant again. Such is the case of the 2000 musical version of The Full Monty, the adaptation of the hit film about laid-off mill workers who resort to stripping. N.C. Theatre’s production with Theatre in the Park mainstay Ira David Wood III and TV-rerun fixture Sally Struthers captures the crowd-pleasing aspects of the original story, though some aspects of Terrence McNally’s book could stand to be updated for the current recession.

“Reviewing the quality of naked rear ends is prurient and has no place in proper journalism, but I will say that overall there was more muscle tone than I had anticipated.”

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