PORTLAND — Good Theater will kick off its eighth season with the Maine premiere of the recent Broadway hit “The Little Dog Laughed.”

The play, a biting comedy about Hollywood written by Douglas Carter, will open on Thursday, Sept. 17. The story concerns a Hollywood actor who would like to come out of the closet, the hustler he falls for, the hustler’s pregnant girlfriend and the star’s agent who tries to keep it all together and out of the newspapers.

The play contains adult language, mature themes and brief nudity.

“The Little Dog Laughed” was nominated for two 2007 Tony Awards, including Outstanding Play; and won the Tony Award for its outstanding leading actress, Julie White.

Good Theater’s season continues with “Frost/Nixon,” by Peter Morgan, Oct. 29 through Nov. 22; “The Spitfire Grill,” by James Vlacq and Fred Alley, Jan. 21 through Feb. 14; and the Oscar Wilde classic “The Importance of Being Earnest,” March 4-28.
Good Theater will also offer “The Diva and Me,” written and performed by Brian P. Allen, Sept. 29-30, and “Broadway at Good Theater,” the company’s annual salute to Broadway and the holiday season, Dec. 3-6.

Performances of “The Little Dog Laughed,” running through Oct. 11, are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; at 8 p.m. Saturday; and at 2 p.m. Sunday. There is an added Wednesday evening performance at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 23, and a 3 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 3. The theater is at 76 Congress St., on Munjoy Hill. For tickets and more information, call the Good Theater box office at 885-5883.

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