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Lez Affair

Drama resurrects fave homo paperbacks of yesteryear.

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Playwright Patricia Kane destroys the notion of a perfect Ozzie-and-Harriet world in her musical comedy Pulp, which opens tonight at Cleveland Public Theatre. And she does it by imagining a setting perfect for shattering dreams and breaking hearts: an underground lesbian bar in 1950s Chicago.This entire 85-minute show takes place in the Well, where lezzies hang out with torch singers and drag kings. Throughout the evening, the characters strike poses as if their photos will someday grace the lesbian pulp fiction once popular in closeted-gay circles. Kane bases the storyline on such books, which would often have cover illustrations of scantily clad women in seductive positions. For director Scott Plate, those photos perfectly contradict the '50s images of stay-at-home moms in aprons and high heels. The show, he says, explores human sexuality and "what influences society on an individual's individuality.""The message of the play is to be yourself to the fullest," says Plate. "Pulp nudges us to look at what makes up the essence of someone." Curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Saturday, December 22, at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue. Tickets are $10 to $15. Call 216-631-2727 or visit www.cptonline.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Nov. 29. Continues through Dec. 22, 2007

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