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Find forbidden ‘Loot’ at OnStage Atlanta

The cast of Loot

Topher Payne was looking forward to taking a vacation after his recent play “Christina Darling,” but when he learned that auditions for “Loot” were coming up, he knew a vacation could wait. “Loot” opens June 4 at Onstage Atlanta.

Written by gay playwright Joe Orton, “Loot” debuted back in 1965, where it was met with some hostility from those not expecting its satirical tone. The play is a farce about two young men, Hal and Dennis, who are thieves. After robbing a bank next to a funeral parlor, they have to hide the money — and wind up stashing it in the coffin of Hal’s recently deceased mother.

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Hedwig auditions

Break out you feathered wig and some mighty vocals — LeBuzz in Marietta is holding open auditions for all parts tonight and tomorrow for a production of the musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

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Stage icons raise funds for local theaters

Theater icon Elaine Stritch

Broadway sensation Chita Rivera comes to town next week in a fundraiser for Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Brandt Blocker, artistic director of the company, had the chance to work with the gay icon a number of years back in New Orleans and remembers her professionalism.

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March madness


Harvey Fierstein has rarely hesitated taking on challenges, so accepting the iconic role of Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” isn’t as surprising as some people imagine.  Fierstein’s Atlanta leg of the touring musical is the highest-profile production in a busy month of local theater.

Fierstein originally played the role in a 2004 Broadway revival, taking over for actor Alfred Molina in 2005. So he was a natural when the tour needed a last minute replacement.