Harvey Fierstein, who plays Edna (while wearing a fat suit) in the about-to-close Broadway production of Hairspray
, is also known for holding weekly poker games in the theater's basement. The Observer's Spencer Morgan attended
recently. Aside from being attacked by a barrage of friendly "faggoty-ass faggot" remarks, he managed to glean—when his tape recorder and notebook wasn't being forcibly removed—that someone
close to the production is summoning backdoor johnnys for his own entertainment...
This reminded Mr. [Hairspray performer Daniel] Robinson of the various handsome Latin boys who have been coming around backstage. It’s a real letdown, he said, when they inevitably reveal that they are the guest of a certain bearish showbiz fixture. “I’m like, ‘Eww. So how much is he paying you?’” he said.Any guesses? Five Card Studs: Harvey Fierstein's Poker Game [New York Observer]