Magazine article American Theatre

Whores D'oeuvre

Magazine article American Theatre

Whores D'oeuvre

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HEARD THE ONE ABOUT THE THREE PROSTITUTES WHO GO into the Amsterdam cafe? If not, you might want to tune in to Cafe Puttanesca, the new musical by Michael Ogborn, whose Baby Case wowed Philadelphia critics two years ago. After a run at Philly's Arden Theatre Company (through Nov. 2), the show lands at Pittsburgh's City Theatre Company (Nov. 20-Jan. 4) in what the companies call "a parallel production"--two identical sets and casts, both directed by Arden artistic director Terrence J. Nolen, who co-wrote the book.

Like Baby Case, which used the Lindbergh-baby kidnapping case of 1932 as a lens on America's culture of celebrity, Ogborn's latest is set in the past--the late 1940s--but Cafe Puttanesca percolates with a lighter mood. In the eponymous eatery, it's the custom to toast with dirty limericks, and the show's three ladies of the night--one British, one French and one German--honor this tradition as they wax nostalgic, sing ditties and swap stories about the world's oldest profession. …

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