THEATER: Flatfoots and Footlights

In Cincinnati, a blunt, gay-themed play attracts the vice squad

Broadway audiences are often abuzz about celebrities in their midst. When Brad Fraser's Poor Super Man opened last week in Cincinnati, however, the TV- news crews and the theatergoers they accosted were talking about spectators so anonymous no one knew their faces. They were from the police vice squad, checking whether the show's frontal nudity, simulated oral and anal sex, and blunt language violated public decency. "A lot of people wanted to be at this performance," said Ensemble Theatre artistic director David White, "because they weren't sure there would be another."

In New York City or Los Angeles, Fraser's deft and...

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