‘Sex’ play to defy arrest threat

Canadian police, actors clash over oral sex perf

VANCOUVER — The producers and amateur actors of a play have vowed to open it featuring live oral sex, believed to be a first in Canuck theater, despite the risk of arrest.

Vancouver police say they will recommend that the Crown file obscenity charges if the one-hour perf of “Public Sex, Art and Democracy” goes ahead Thursday.

The controversy is drawing considerable attention in the media and the legal community across Canada. “At issue is the right of police to judge what’s art and what’s pornography,” said co-author John Ince, a lawyer.

If the play goes ahead, Canuck lawmakers expect a deluge of sex acts in theater, television and other places offering live entertainment.

The Vancouver hall where the play was due to be performed has refused the production, which will now open in an art gallery owned by Ince.

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