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Murder, deceit, and sexism are about to make a 13-show run in Queens.

Seanie Sugrue’s dark-but-comedic play “Love is Dead!” will open at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City on Sept. 7 and run until Sept. 23. Start times are at 8 p.m. with a Wednesday-Sunday cycle.

The three-act work endeavors to prove that its title is true via a series of exaggerated twists and turns conducted by an even-more-exaggerated cast of characters. In the first act, a pathetic young Trevor tries to convince others that he has been raped by two women. Nobody believes him, and he sinks into a pit of shame and frustration.

The second act follows an incompatible couple through a few crises. They end up resorting to violence to solve their issues.

The final part revolves around Maggie, a miserable, unhinged prostitute whose main joy in life is her beloved goldfish…and maybe murder.

“Love is Dead!” is the fourth play written by Sugrue, a native of Ireland’s County Kerry. It is actually part of an ongoing saga. Sugrue is creating 12 plays in a series he calls “Punk Theater.” Each piece will be understandable as a standalone, but together they will weave a saga on dysfunction.

A rising star in the independent theater scene, Sugrue’s “One Way To Pluto!” had a sold-out run at the 13th Street Repertory Theater in Manhattan. His screenplay “catch 22: based on the unwritten story by seanie sugrue” premiered at the Palm Beach Film International Festival in 2016.

General tickets are $18.

Editor’s note: This play covers dark subject matter and contains sexual situations, strong language, and graphic violence. 

Images: Locked in the Attic Productions


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