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‘Beebo Brinker Chronicles,' based on Ann Bannon lesbian pulp fiction classics, a search for love

BY CHRISTINE DOLEN, CDOLEN@MIAMIHERALD.COM

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles unfolds in an era when the cultural norm for American women was more homemaker Betty Crocker than feminist Betty Friedan. Based on a collection of lesbian pulp fiction classics by Ann Bannon, the theatrical Beebo Brinker follows the journeys of several gals and their gay pal from the early 1950s to the dawn of the ‘60s.

The Kate Moira Ryan-Linda S. Chapman play, an Off-Broadway success in 2007, is the second show from Fort Lauderdale’s Kutumba Theatre Project, an LGBT-friendly company run by Kim Ehly. The script isn’t as strong as Ehly’s own Baby GirL, Kutumba’s memorable debut production. Yet in new digs at the Galleria Mall’s Galleria Studio Theatre (home of the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre), director Ehly and a strong cast mine Beebo Brinker for not only its noir-style humor but for the sobering, resonant truths about the characters’ search for happiness in a judgmental world.

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IF YOU GO

What: ‘The Beebo Brinker Chronicles’ by Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman

Where: Kutumba Theatre Project production at the Galleria Studio Theatre, 2542B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (park at the east end of Galleria Mall’s Lime Garage, near Dillard’s, on Level 3)

When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, through Sept. 29

Cost: $25

Info: 954-646-1000, www.brownpapertickets.com

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