Joe Orton


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Orton, Joe,

1933–67, English playwright, b. John Kingsley. After studying acting, he wrote farcical comedies noted for their cynical humor. His plays include The Ruffian on the Stair (1963), Entertaining Mr. Sloan (1964), Loot (1966), and What the Butler Saw (1969). He was murdered by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, who then committed suicide.
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Reissue of the controversial tale of the passionate affair between young playwright Joe Orton and stuffy older lover Kenneth Halliwell.
Playing the anything-but-silent judge is Larry Bryggman in a performance so cerebrally zany that you are tempted to check the program again to verify that the playwright is David Mamet and not Joe Orton.
Unless `Loot' is directed and acted perfectly seriously, the play will fail," wrote British playwright Joe Orton.
Written in 1957 and now published for the first time over thirty years after the author's death, Between Us Girls is the first novel that Joe Orton wrote independently of his mentor, lover, and eventual murderer Kenneth Halliwell.
Though his prose lacks the vigor and lowlife relish of John Lahr's study of that other homosexual extrovert, the playwright Joe Orton, Peppiatt diligently outlines the philosophical and erotic impulses that nourished (if that is the right word) Bacon's impossibly bleak vision.
The cover strap, "Brit up your ears," recalled the title of John Lahr's famous Joe Orton biography and film.
John Lahr's Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton was published in 1978.
The chair has come to occupy a remarkable position in late twentieth century design culture, with over four million sold, and also achieved a certain ironic notoriety when a clutch of '60s celebrities such as famine fatale Christine Keeler and playwright Joe Orton were photographed sitting astride it naked, wit only the hourglass form of the chair itself for modesty.
Joe Orton, perhaps remembered today more for how he died than for the work that he produced, was appropriated by John Lahr in his 1978 biography of Orton, Prick Up Your Ears.
1967: English playwright Joe Orton was battered to death by his male lover who then committed suicide.
1967: English playwright Joe Orton was |battered to death by his male lover who then committed suicide.