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‘8’ equals million

The starry Sept. 19 reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play “8” at the Eugene O’Neill Theater generated more than $1 million for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

The Prop. 8 drama gave Bradley Whitford a fine showcase as the lawyer fighting an increasingly losing battle.

The loudest applause, though, was reserved for the same-sex couples played by Christine Lahti and Ellen Barkin and TV heartthrobs Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson.

The real-life plaintiffs joined the curtain call, and after litigant Paul Katami hugged Jackson, he couldn’t resist a crowd-pleasing double take that plainly said, “Look at how hot I am!” – — Gordon Cox

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