Blackfriars Theatre Stages THE HOT L BALTIMORE, Now thru 4/12
Take a trip back to the 1970's with Blackfriars Theatre's production of Lanford Wilson's comedy-drama, The Hot L Baltimore. The Hotel Baltimore used to be the most luxurious place in town. Not anymore. It's lost the "e" in its marquee sign and eviction notices just went out to its residents, a plethora of society's outcast inhabitants, who call the seedy hotel home. With the structure as dilapidated as its residents, this play is a moving and humorous look at everyday humanity and the ties that bind.
"This play is at the same time funny, touching, and haunting," says the plays director, David Runzo. "Lanford Wilson has written a beautiful story full of rich characters trying to cope with life and loss while still striving to find hope."
The play, which won the 1973 Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play and the Obie Award for Best American Play, was also adapted into a half hour sitcom for ABC in 1975.
The cast features a collection of Rochester's finest talent including Jimmy Boorum as Paul Granger III, Vicki Casarett as Millie, Morey Fazzi as Mr. Katz, Mandy Hassett as The Girl, Greg Ludek as Suzy's John/Cab Driver, Richard Mancini as Mr. Morse, Janine Mercandetti as Mrs. Oxenham, Devin O'Connell and Jamie, Dawn Sargent as Mrs. Bellotti, Marcy Savastano as Jackie, Alexa Scott-Flaherty as Suzy, Jeff Siuda as Bill and Stephanie Siuda as April.
The Hot L Baltimore opens its doors at Blackfriars Theatre (795 East Main Street, Rochester 14605) beginning today, March 28 and running through April 12. Performances are Thursday's, April 3 and 10 at 7:30 pm; Friday's, March 28 and April 4 and 11 at 8:00 pm; Saturday's, March 29 and April 5 and 12 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday's, March 30 and April 6 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $28.50-$36.50 and available in person at Blackfriars Theatre, online at www.blackfriars.org, or by calling 585-454-1260. If available, tickets can be purchased at the door beginning one-hour prior to performance. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday's, noon to 4:00 p.m. MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are accepted at no additional charge.
Blackfriars Theatre, a professional, not-for-profit theatre located on Rochester, NY's "Theatre Row is located at 795 East Main Street. Parking is available on site. Handicapped seating is available. For more information regarding Blackfriars Theatre, please visit their website at www.blackfriars.org.