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Censorship Board Will Consider Ban on Play with Nude Scenes

The film and stage censorship board is scheduled to meet this week to consider the ban on performances of a new play with nude scenes.

The Interior Ministry ordered last weekend a temporary halt to the staging of the play, The Nature Teacher’s First Love, by an experimental group in the Habima Theatre in Tel Aviv. The play was to have been performed before an invited audience, but was stopped when the board discovered that tickets were sold to the public.

The controversy erupted after Israel television gave a preview of the play, including some of the nude scenes. Theater officials said the nudity accounted for only seven minutes of the play, which runs for two and a half hours in all.