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Stacy Solak as The Girl and Dianne Caponi as Millie perform in a scene from the Lake Charles Little Theatre’s production of ''Hot l Baltimore,'' opening April 27 and running each weekend until May 12. (Associated Press)<br>

Stacy Solak as The Girl and Dianne Caponi as Millie perform in a scene from the Lake Charles Little Theatre’s production of ''Hot l Baltimore,'' opening April 27 and running each weekend until May 12. (Associated Press)

Blake Watkins as Bill, Stacy Solak as The Girl and Tiffany Garrick as Mrs. Bellotti perform in a scene from the Lake Charles Little Theatre’s production of ''Hot L Baltimore,'' opening April 27 and running each weekend until May 12. (Michelle Higginbotham / American Press)<br>

Blake Watkins as Bill, Stacy Solak as The Girl and Tiffany Garrick as Mrs. Bellotti perform in a scene from the Lake Charles Little Theatre’s production of ''Hot L Baltimore,'' opening April 27 and running each weekend until May 12. (Michelle Higginbotham / American Press)

LCLT stages play on the decay of hotels, lives

Last Modified: Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:48 PM

By Jordan Gribble / Special to the American Press

The Lake Charles Little Theatre will present its production of “Hot L Baltimore” April 27-May 12 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

“This is not a conventional play,” said James Johnson, director. “This play has no beginning, no middle, no end; it just happens. It’s about a formerly majestic hotel that has a date with a wrecking ball, and its tenants realize that their lives are just like the hotel — once grand and have fallen to pieces.”

The show has a cast of 13 characters, including a trio of prostitutes, a senile hypochondriac, a brother and sister duo, a semilucid Southern belle, and a mother fighting for the rights of her demented son. They bond over the destruction of their home.

“They sort of help each other out. They are aware of their crummy situation, but they still have some dignity and even after the hotel is destroyed they’ll find a way to get along in life and keep going,” Johnson said. “That’s what appealed to me about this play. It shows that plucky American spirit — you keep on going regardless of what you’ve been hit with.”

If you go

What: Lake Charles Little Theatre production of “Hot L Baltimore”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, from April 27 through May 12.

Where: Lake Charles Little Theatre, 813 Enterprise Blvd.

Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students; can be purchased online at www.thelclt.com or by phone at 433-7988.

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