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How Chicago reinvented comedy


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"How Chicago Reinvented Comedy in Time for the Sixties," a multimedia presentation by playwright and theater historian Jeffrey Sweet, will take center stage at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater Saturday, March 28. The event will employ video clips and anecdotes to chronicle how the legendary Compass Players--including Paul Sills, Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Barbara Harris, and Shelley Berman--revolutionized entertainment during the Eisenhower era. No one knows this subject better than Sweet, whose 1978 oral history of the Compass and its younger cousin Second City, Something Wonderful Right Away, is essential reading for students of American theater and comedy.

The event is timed to coincide with the debut of Sweet's new play Class Dismissed, which is set against the backdrop of the 1960s antiwar movement and opens at Victory Gardens March 30.

Sweet's talk is set for Sat 3/28, 4 PM, Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, , $10.