As the clothes are stripped off, the laughter cascades

Not your run of the mill T & A

“Snap!” could be the sound of a garter being fastened. Or unfastened. Or it could be the unhooking of a bra. You’re likely to hear such sounds; SNAP Productions is offering a comedy about English women stripping. Older women. Doing so for good causes, you see. Calendar Girls is about an actual Yorkshire charity project, a fundraiser, which, of course, also raised eyebrows.  

This is a comedy about middle-aged ladies, “possibly the least fashionable, least pursued, most disregarded of all demographics” according to The Guardian. And is based on what became a true national sensation, attracting heaps of newspersons to a small village where such massive attention and fame unsettled those well-meaning women.

First it surfaced as a 2003 hit film grossing $96,000,000 worldwide following its theatrical release on this side of The Atlantic. Then co-writer Tim Firth aimed for more cash flows by adapting it for the stage in 2008. That broke the all time British box office record for a play and has since spanned the globe. And it has raised massive funds for charities, as was the original calendar’s intention. Hearts of gold.

FYI: Firth is also the co-writer of the play Kinky Boots, likewise based on a real life story.

Don’t expect full frontal nudity, eh, chaps?  

Calendar Girls Harbor runs May 28-June 21 at SNAP Productions, 3225 California Street. Thurs-Sat. 8:00 p.m. Sun: 6:00 p.m. Sun. June 21: 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15.

Category: Art, Literary

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