HotHouse took a real flyer last fall when its directors decided to devote the entire season to unfamiliar new plays. But the gamble paid off big-time. You could feel that payoff in the anticipatory audiences as each successive, unpredictable production informed the next. Theatergoers didn't wait for reviews; they flocked to the opening weekends. Viewers have long been conditioned to expect savory theater at HotHouse. This season they pretty much got it with the quirky Kimberly Akimbo
, the volatile In a Little World of Our Own
, the topical Omnium Gatherum
and the belly-laugh crime spoof Red Herring
. Now comes the unexpected news that HotHouse -- in its current incarnation anyway -- is no more, for it has joined forces with City Theatre (formerly City Players) to become HotCity. What's in a name? Only time will tell.