October 15, 2013

People: Risqué Vegas nightclub shuts down

The Act pushed the envelope with its sex shows at the Sands

LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas Strip nightclub closed over the weekend, a month after a judge ordered it to clean up its envelope-pushing sex shows.

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Patrons enjoy a performance at The Act, a club at the Las Vegas Sands. The club decided to shut down rather than clean up its sexy show.

The Associated Press

A spokeswoman for The Act club inside The Palazzo resort and casino confirmed the year-old venue was shuttered after a final night of partying Saturday.

An official explanation for the closure wasn’t offered.

The club had been in a legal battle with its landlords over risqué scenes that included simulated sex acts and performers tossing condoms into the audience.

Clark County District Court Judge Susan Scann ruled in September that the club needed to edit 13 of 30 skits, saying they appeared to run afoul of lease provisions. The conditions of the lease allow the landlord, Las Vegas Sands, to veto tenants that detract from the “first-class” image it wants to project.

Sands attorney Charles McCrea Jr. described the material as “what you and I and most decent people consider vulgar, depraved and perverted,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Act defended itself, saying the landlord was fully aware that the shows were inspired by performances at an even more explicit theater in New York City.

“Before opening to the public and since that time, we worked diligently and successfully to ensure our performances were compliant with Clark County Code and the provisions of our lease,” The Act’s management wrote in a statement in September.

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