Hot Sheet: The Passion of Joe Orton

The top 10 entertainment and events highlights this week — from Oscar madness to rodeos and ice dancing.



4. THEATER: Joe Orton's Crimes of Passion and Loot

New York’s Red Bull Theater presents works by the late, great (and gay) dramatist Joe Orton, showcasing his flair for butchering every sacred cow. Crimes of Passion consists of  “two outrageous one-act plays that make religion, sex, and death the hilarious topics they should be,” according to Red Bull’s website. It gets a staged reading Monday night, and the rest of the week provides the final opportunities to see Red Bull’s full-on production of Orton’s Loot, billed as “a merciless satire of religious hypocrisy, middle-class British morality, and blind faith in authority,” involving a couple of young thieves, a missing body, a naughty nurse, and more in a “wicked stew of Oscar Wilde and Kafka.” It runs through February 9. All performances are at the Lucille Lortel Theatre; find out more here. — Trudy Ring

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