The Dirtiest Show in Town
|The Dirtiest Show in Town|
Original Off-Broadway program
1971 West End
1971 Los Angeles
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An attack on air pollution, the Vietnam War, urban blight and computerized conformity, the show is filled with sex, nudity, and strong lesbian and gay male characters. The show culminates in a massive orgy, with the entire naked cast writhing on the floor. The Dirtiest Show in Town is distinguished from a raunchy sex show bt Eyen's clever dialogue and witty observations, which impressed even mainstream critics when the show was first staged near the end of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
Directed by Eyen, The Dirtiest Show in Town opened on June 27, 1970, at the off-Broadway Astor Place Theatre, where it ran for 509 performances. It subsequently toured and was then staged at the Duchess Theatre in London's West End, where it ran for nearly 800 performances. Another production opened at the Ivar Theater in Los Angeles in 1971, starring Michael Kearns and Eyen's muse Sharon Barr. In 1975, Eyen and Henry Krieger created a version of the show called The Dirtiest Musical in Town, starring Nell Carter.
In 1980, Eyen directed a film version of the show for Showtime, making it the first made-for-TV movie ever produced. The updated storyline for the film version begins with members of a New York City gym obsessing about their life situations, eventually leading up to the gay and straight characters writhing together in an orgy. It stars Sharon Barr and a young John Wesley Shipp.