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Oh! Calcutta! is a play with music (but not a Musical). Famous mostly for the amount of nudity involved, the play has see several long running revivals on both Broadway and the West End.


Oh! Calcutta! provides examples of:

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: One of the sketches is about a masturbation contest.
    • Also, it was assumed that more than 90% of the people going to see the show were guys getting their rocks off.
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  • Mood Whiplash: At the end of the "Jack and Jill" sketch, Jack rapes Jill, leaving her alone and comatose at the top of the hill.
  • Popcultural Osmosis: You know of this play as "that naked show" even if you don't know anything else about it.
  • Rape as Drama: See Mood Whiplash.
  • Sketch Comedy: The show generally.
  • Small Reference Pools: There have been other plays with lots of nudity, but with the possible exception of Hair, this is the most famous (and Hair doesn't have much nudity in it anyway, just a little bit at the end of Act I).
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