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‘Eddie Coyle’ hitting the stage

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
June 6, 2011

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The most famous fictional Bruins fan is coming to the local stage late this year. Playwright and Lesley University public affairs guy Bill Doncaster reports that his adaptation of the classic Boston crime novel “The Friends of Eddie Coyle’’ will play Oberon in Cambridge three nights a week Dec. 8 through Jan. 15. The estate of the late author George V. Higgins has approved the production, which packed the back room of the Burren for a reading last fall. “We’re very excited. We think he’s onto something,’’ said Albert LaFarge, an agent who represents Higgins’s estate. Most of the cast from the reading will return, including Paulo Branco as Coyle, a small-time hood who cheers on Bobby Orr in a key scene. Higgins is enjoying something of a resurgence, as Brad Pitt recently filmed the novelist’s “Cogan’s Trade’’ in New Orleans.