When it opened on Broadway in 1965, The New York Times called Joe Orton’s pitch-black comedy Entertaining Mr. Sloane “vulgar.” But times change; today the idea of a hot, young, sexually amorphous predator who meets his match in a hungry middle-aged woman and her slimy, misogynist brother is the stuff of prime-time television. Of course, Orton, who was known for his high-flying linguistic tricks and his strange plots, can do creepy with the best of them.
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The story concerns lonely, aging Kath, who takes in sexy Sloane as a boarder, even though it’s pretty clear from the start that he’s got a questionable history that involves some sort of heinous violence. Her brother Ed and father Kemp also know this guy is no good, but Kemp is too old to do anything about it and Ed is extremely interested in Sloane’s workout routine. Sex and violence ensue and, surprisingly, so do lots of laughs. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. May 20 and 7:30 p.m. May 24. Through May 26. Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury. For information, call 713‑467‑4497 or visit www.countryplayhouse.org.
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