Loot was a huge hit in the 1960s and the author became the toast of London, eventually asked by the Beatles to write a movie script for them. It has been staged many times since then, including a production that featured Kevin Bacon and -- in his Broadway debut -- Alec Baldwin. Playwright Orton's life was the subject of a movie called Prick Up Your Ears starring Gary Oldman in one of his first roles. Although Joe Orton's career was cut short when he was murdered in his mid-30's, his reputation has steadily increased and he is now considered one of the greatest -- and funniest -- writers of the 20th century.
Loot is a farce, but it is also...something else. Director Gary Puckett describes it as a cross between Monty Python's Flying Circus and a heist movie like The Italian Job. The basic plot centers around a bank robbery and the lengths that the robbers go to avoid detection, which includes hiding their ill-gotten gains in the coffin of a loved one.
The cast includes Heidi Schultz (Aurora) as Fay, a rather sinister nurse who uses husbands like some people use kleenex; Craig Gustafson (Lombard) as McLeavy, a widower who may be Nurse Fay's next victim; Terry Wehrman (Crest Hill) as Hal, McLeavy's son with a taste for kinky sex and robbing banks; Marc Berry (Naperville) as Dennis, Hal's pal, in love with Nurse Fay and, just maybe, Hal; Peter Anwar as Meadows, a London bobby, and Steve Fiorito as Truscott of Scotland Yard -- or it Truscott of the Water Department?
Vicki White is Assistant Director and Pamela Wagner is Stage Manager. The set design is by Gary Puckett, with special assistance from Veronica Mathews and Brian Knauf.
Tickets are $17.00 for adults and $15.00 for students and seniors.