Boffo in the Buff

Some kind of night at the opera

It is not an everyday event for a woman to rise topless from a large cauldron in Memphis. But when Cheryllynn Ross did so last week as Hecate during the New York-based Metropolitan Opera touring performance of Macbeth, she was risking more than a chill: the city's tough new antinudity ordinance, aimed chiefly at topless dancers, could have brought quick arrest. Two division commanders of the local police were on the scene. Would they rush the cauldron and haul its contents off to the slammer?

Well, no. But as the curtain went up a stir in...

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