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Superheroes, alter egos inspire fun Dirty Ball ensembles

| Sunday, April 28, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Matthew Carraher as Superman at The Dirty Ball hosted by Attack Theatre.
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Jon Seeley and Lynne Figgins at The Dirty Ball hosted by Attack Theater.
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Mary Beth and David Johnson at The Dirty Ball hosted by Attack Theater.
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Richard Parsakian with Rich and Cindy Engler at The Dirty Ball hosted by Attack Theater.
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John Javins and John Ingle atThe Dirty Ball hosted by Attack Theater.
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Reshma Paranjpe at The Dirty Ball hosted by Attack Theater.
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Cara Sapida, Katy O'Donnell and Syma at The Dirty Ball hosted by Attack Theater.
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Richard Rauh and David Bush at The Dirty Ball hosted by Attack Theater.

Attack Theatre ensured that a sold-out crowd would be enjoying sweet naughty dreams on April 27, thanks to a visually tempting evening that smacked of wild abandon and demonstrated what happens when 1,000 socials let their hair down.

“I will be returning,” declared first-timers John Bechtol and his wife, Dotti — better known in these parts as “Dirty” virgins. “This is a party that shouldn't be missed.”

It was a sentiment shared by droves sashaying into the Clock Building, South Side, for this year's Dirty Ball. Superheroes and alter egos were the inspiration behind the ensembles making the rounds, led by co-chairs Jon Seeley (with Dean Hastings), and Lynne Figgins, aka Superman and Victor/Victoria.

“No one knows it's me!” laughed Figgins.

A few hours before the main gates swung open, the Dirty Dozen VIP party was getting under way for the likes of Ken andPam McCrory, Manny and Deb Reich, Tim McVay andDavid Bush, Rich and Cindy Engler, Reshma Paranjpe, Richard Parsakian, artistic directors Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope, executive director Rebecca Himberger, Rey de la Reza (Michele's father, in from Houston), Dan Iddings, Richard Rauh, Clyde Jones, and Harris andJanet Ferris. Few stayed sequestered for very long. In the main ring, things were just starting to heat up around nine o'clock as wardrobes started trending minimalistic, much to the delight of many.

“I've never seen so many hot pants in one place!” one reveler was overheard as saying.

By the time the clock started ticking closer to midnight, chances seemed good that the lights would have to be turned off in order for the hint to be taken that it was time to go home. No worries ... that left plenty of the weekend for dishing on those Dirty little secrets.

Also seen were Joe Wos, Mandi Bridgeman, Kerra Penn, Cara Sapida, Syma, Katy O'Donnell, Clay Shaffer, David Onufer, Dan Gilman, Mary Beth andDavid Johnson, and Andrea Lentz.

Kate Benz, the social columnist for Trib Total Media, can be reached at or 412-380-8515.

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