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Fanfare: Attack Theatre’s One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty

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| Sunday, February 14, 2016 9:00 p.m
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Attack Theatre co-founder Michele de la Reza joined Veronica Corpuz during Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Members of Attack Theatre perform on hoverboards during Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Attack Theatre co-founder Peter Kope joined Anna Baird during Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Anqwenique Wingfield and D.S. Kinsell attended Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Murry and Cindy Gerber engaged in some pillow talk during Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Mark Flaherty and Mary McKinney got a leg up on the fun during Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Joe King stood apart from a fashionable crowd druing Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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David Pohl joined Steve Mendelson during Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Maria and Yuri Yatov joined Julie Corletti to prove that three is welcome company during Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Christopher Hahn and Ron Booth attended Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Paul Purdy and David Onufer wore complementary ensembles during Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Renee Romah and Noah Himberger attended Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Cindy and Rich Engler were ready to rock all night during Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Becky Mingo and Dutch McDonald attended Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Lisa McNamara and Bill Thomas were on hand for Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Kathryn Heidemann and Jonathan Golli attended Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Foo Connor attended Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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David Pohl, Catherine McConnell and Mark Knobil attended Attack Theatre's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.
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Members of Attack Theatre perform durng the dance company's One Night Stand at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Feb. 13, 2016.

Chances were ridiculously slim that Attack Theatre would err on the side of the thinly veiled innuendo when it came to choosing a name for its new performance fundraiser.

“It’s a One Night Stand,” said co-founder Michele de la Reza as guests began filtering into the Ace Hotel on Feb. 13.

So, no chance of a long-term relationship? Not even a spring fling?

“There’s a certain amount of spontaneity that’s important in the creative process, and we wanted people to feel that tonight,” she explained.

Lest anyone arrive still in a cloud of confusion to the event that had been created to replace the now-retired Dirty Ball, decor inside of the gymnasium of the former East Liberty YMCA included a chalkboard asking, “What was your first kiss like?” and a bed vignette set up in the corner. Meanwhile, rumor had it that, prior to the party’s start, VIPs had been upstairs enjoying a mobile cocktail party that went from room to room with ensembles that were fit for the occasion.

“I was going for discreet,” quipped Murry Gerber with his wife, Cindy, both clad in silk pajamas. “Now I might blush.”

Midway through the evening, guests were advised to clear a path for what eventually would be the debut of dancers Kaitlin Dann, Nile Alicia Ruff, Dane Toney, Ashley Williams and Anthony Williams, who rolled through the crowd of 200 riding hoverboards. And, by eve’s end, it was clear that the organizers should have set up confessional booths.

“Next year,” laughed co-founder Peter Kope.

Spied were Rebecca Himberger, Marina and Ken Lehn, Mark Flaherty and Mary McKinney, Veronica Corpuz and Alex Thomson, Mark Phillis, David Onufer and Paul Purdy, Steve Mendelson, Anna Baird, Brian Siewiorek, Eileen and Patrick Jordan, RichardParsakian andKate Colligan.

Kate Benz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer. Send news to Fanfare@tribweb.com.

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