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“Peachtree Battle” to close for good

Anna House, left, Deborah Childs and Tanya Fraser star in "Peachtree Battle"

Anna House, left, Deborah Childs and Tanya Fraser star in "Peachtree Battle"

Atlanta’s longest-running play is finally coming to an end as its creators set their sights on Broadway. (Well, off-Broadway).

“Peachtree Battle,” the spoof about Atlanta society swan Trudy Habersham (Deborah Childs) and her highly dysfunctional family, takes the stage at Ansley Park Playhouse for the last time on Valentine’s Day.

Playwrights John Gibson and Anthony Morris are partially relocating to New York, where they’ve repurposed their play “Veranda,” about a Southern socialite whose son is planning a gay wedding. It’s been renamed “When Joey Married Bobby” for New York audiences and opens in February at the 169-seat Theatre 80 St. Marks.

“It’s just all fallen into place,” Gibson said. “It’s very exciting.”

“A Sunday Afternoon at Loehmann’s,” also running at the Ansley Park Playhouse (and also starring Childs) continues at least through March. Gibson and Morris are hoping to bring that show to New York as well, and for now will maintain residences in both cities.

Expect a big to-do for the finale of ” Peachtree Battle,” which opened in 2001. Gibson promises complimentary wine and other surprises.

“I’m sure there will be a lot of love in the air,” he said, “except for the Habersham family.”

- Jennifer Brett, jbrett@ajc.com

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pixie frank

January 19th, 2010
5:04 pm

We saw the show years ago and still talk about it. The best!
Please send me the final schedule.
Thanks!