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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The setting and some of the revealing costumes and cross-dressing seem to borrow something from Joe Orton, and at its best the dialogue is also Ortonesque.
But with most of the cast mugging, shouting, and striking poses while the writing does its vaguely Joe Ortonesque thing, "The Dice House" has the perverse effect of desperate comedy: You leave the theater feeling far less cheerful than you were at the start.
Funny, witty and containing all the elements of what is recognised as Ortonesque, it's a good read for anyone looking forwards to Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Belgrade Theatre in October.