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by: dbirchall (Thu Mar 30 '00)
Pros: Incredibly funny.
Cons: Not for the closed-minded.
The University of Iowa has many excellent features. It's a good school overall, in a nice setting.
On-campus and off-campus housing options are nice, and the food in the student union won't kill you.
Some of the food off-campus might, but there are enough different options that your odds of finding
the lethal ones are low. The University has many fine academic and artistic programs, the ducks
along the river are friendly, and good spousal candidates can even be found.
Yet none of these things has elevated the University to legendary status in the same way as No Shame
Theatre, a low-budget, no-holds-barred amateur comedy theatre hour. First staged in Iowa City in
1986 - in the back of a pickup truck, no less - No Shame shows are now presented at universities in
seven states, from Miami to Fairbanks, Alaska. Of course, seeing it where it all began (well, not
exactly there - the shows are now staged in a theatre, rather than a pickup truck) is quite an
The No Shame format is simple. On any Friday night during the school year, budding scriptwriters
- mostly students - converge on the theatre bearing scripts for performances three to four minutes in
length. The audience - also mostly students - files in, paying a very reasonable dollar each, and the
show begins at 11:00 PM. For the next hour or so, there's no telling what will happen.
Skit titles like Jesus of Nazareth Kicks Back, Simpler Expositions Through
Flashcards, Son of Night Raid on the Planet of the Ten-Foot Rabid Killer Chickens Returns
and the Revenge of His Bride part II and of course, The Naked Police give some idea
of the breadth, depth, and absurdity that is No Shame.
Of course, No Shame "alumni" have gone on to successful careers in theatre and
movie-making worldwide, so maybe they know more than they're letting on.
If you're ever in Iowa City on a Friday night during the school year, find your way to the theater
building, theatre B. Be sure to bring a dollar, a sense of humor, and an open mind... yes, those police
really were naked!
Type of Activity Reviewed: Performing Arts
Affiliation with School: Other
Year of Graduation: --
Your Major: --
Number of Student Organizations: 25-50
Student Participation: 25-50%
School Support: Most student organizations recognized and respected
Difficulty of Starting a Student Organization: Somewhat difficult
Social Overlap: A lot of overlap with social scene
Recommends to friends? Yes
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