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Joe Orton’s “Loot” on stage March 8 to 17, 2018 (Toronto)
England, 1965: Only hours before her intended burial, the late Mrs. McLeavy is removed from her coffin by her son, Hal (Kevin Forster), and his best pal, Dennis (Kenton Blythe), who have together just robbed a bank and need the coffin to stash the loot. The boys try to hide the corpse from the recently widowed McLeavy (Patrick Young) and his deceased wife’s nurse, Fay (Sarah Thorpe), but with Inspector Truscott (Scott McCulloch) hot on their heels, their plan quickly begins to unravel. Absurdity abounds in this dark, 1965 farce that examines attitudes surrounding death, police integrity, and the Catholic church.
Joe Orton was an English playwright and author. His public career was short but prolific, lasting from 1964 until his death three years later. During this brief period he shocked, outraged, and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies, such as Loot, which is a wild parody of detective fiction, adding the blackest farce with jabs at established ideas on death, the police, religion, and justice. Orton was an openly gay man who died at the hands of his lover in a murder-suicide.
John Lahr’s biography of Orton, entitled Prick Up Your Ears, was published in 1978 and a film adaptation was one in 1987, directed by Stephen Frears, with Gary Oldman playing Orton.
Loot is directed and produced by Emily Dix.
Thursday March 8 – Saturday March 10, 8:00pm
Tuesday March 13 – Saturday March 17, 8:00pm
Saturday March 10, Sunday March 11, Saturday March 17, 2:00pm matinee
General Admission $30
Students, Seniors, Arts Workers $25
Equity Members $21
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