From ‘Be a New Orleanian’ writer, a gangster tale with a burlesque twist _lowres

Photo provided by Broken Habit Productions -- Jim Fitzmorris' original play, 'The Killing of a Lesbian Bookie,' features Bunny Love as Triple Lexxx.

In “The Killing of a Lesbian Bookie,” a new play from New Orleans playwright Jim Fitzmorris (“Be a New Orleanian,” “A Truckload of Ink”), burlesque dancer Triple Lexxxi is putting the finishing touches on her newest nightclub venture when she gets caught up in a game of cat-and-mouse between a shady liquor supplier and a small-time bookie.

Fitzmorris calls the play “an homage to those gritty gangster tales of despair from the 1970s.”

The title is a nod to the 1976 John Cassavetes flick “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie,” and Fitzmorris also cites films like “The French Connection” and “Bullitt” as sources of inspiration.

Directed by Fitzmorris. Featuring Bunny Love, Justin Welborn, and Kimberly Kaye.

The play opens Thursday (June 23) at the Theater at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., and continues through July 3. For tickets and information, visit thetheatreatstclaude.com or (504) 638-6326.