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Real lesbians eat quiche

5 Lesbians Eating Quice

The characters in the play “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” may like to gather over food but they are hesitant about referring to themselves as lesbians – at least initially.

“5 Lesbians,” opening July 3 courtesy of the Weird Sisters Theatre Project, is a comedy written – ironically – by two men, Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood. It takes place in 1956 where five women have gathered for the annual Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein meeting, where a highlight of the day is the crowning of the best quiche.

The women include Lulie Stanwyck (Tiffany Porter), the president of the society; Veronica “Vern” Schulz (Megan Rose), the buildings and ground chairman; Wren Robin (Jaclyn Hoffman), the society’s event chairwoman; and Ginny Cadbury (Annie York), the new girl in town, a transplant from the UK. There’s also Dale Prist, the society’s historian, played by a male in drag here, Bryan Lee.

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Topher Payne spins Southern whodunit inspired by true story

Swell Party

Playwright Topher Payne is known for his prolific writing and his quick wit, but in “Swell Party,” opening next week at Georgia Ensemble Theater, he has penned a personal first – a mystery.

The openly gay writer (and GA Voice columnist) had a successful world premiere at the Roswell-based theater a few years ago with his gay-themed comedy “Tokens of Affection,” and now he is back there with another new work.

When a tobacco heir returns to his Southern home with a new wife, it surprises everyone, but that news becomes secondary when the groom turns up dead. The rest of the guests at his home try to put the pieces of the puzzle together and figure out whodunit.

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‘Wolves’ takes an edgy look at gay relationships

Former Atlanta playwright Steve Yockey’s “Wolves” is anything but a standard boy-meets-boy gay romance. Making its world premiere at Actor’s Express this weekend, the gay-themed “Wolves” has a dark, edgier side – as well as some eventual bloodshed.

Set in an unidentified large city, “Wolves” finds two former lovers – at different stages of their lives – still living together. Clifton Guterman plays Ben, a young man who has been a loner most of his life, starting in the small town where he grew up.

When Ben moves to the big city, he gets swallowed up and still feels isolated, Guterman notes. He meets Jack (Brian Crawford) and they start a relationship, but when they break up, they are still forced to live together for financial reasons. 

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New comedy prays for twisted laughs

Topher Payne in 'The Divine Sister'

Never known to shy away from gay-themed or bawdy material, the Process Theatre opens its 10th anniversary season this week with the comedic “The Divine Sister,” starring a duo who have worked together consistently over the years — Topher Payne (also a GA Voice columnist) and Process Artistic Director DeWayne Morgan, both openly gay.

“Sister” is the latest from the hands of Charles Busch, author of “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,” “Die, Mommie, Die!” and “Psycho Beach Party.” We caught up with Payne and Morgan to discuss the play and the future of Process Theatre.

You’ve played so many diverse roles in your career, Topher, from David Frost to Joan Crawford. How does playing a nun fit into your oeuvre?