Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/31/2016

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
YOUTH COMPANY CHICAGO
7/30-8/6/2016

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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
STARLAND CREATIVITY CENTER
7/12-8/6/2016

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GUYS & DOLLS JR
LIGHT OPERA WORKS YOUTH WORKSHOP
8/6-8/6/2016

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ADDAMS FAMILY
Far-Off Broadway Players
8/4-8/6/2016

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FOOTLOOSE
Highland Parks and Recreation
7/28-8/6/2016

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SCHOOL OF ROCK
Eastlight Theatre
7/29-8/6/2016

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[TITLE OF SHOW]
Williams Street Repertory
7/15-8/6/2016
[title of show] Music & Lyrics by Jeff Bowen Book by Hunter Bell directed by Regina Belt-Daniels July 15 – Aug 6 Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival’s deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. [title of show]—taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show]—follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre—a uniquely American art form—and to the joy of collaboration. The musical received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009. Show dates: July 15, 23, August 5, 6 at 8pm July 16, 24, 30 at 3pm Pricing: $38.50, $32.50 Member Pricing: $26.95, $22.75 (fees may apply) Location: Raue Center Box Office | 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake, 60014 | 815.356.9212 | Mon-Sat | 12 to 4p | open Sundays 1 hour prior to event | www.rauecenter.org [title of show] is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.
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THE GOLDFISH PROJECT
Fraud & Phony @ Trap Door Theatre
8/6-8/6/2016
Continuing to harness the hilarious possibilities of internet mischief making, comedian Shawn Bowers has spent years perfecting the art of "goldfishing," aka pretending to be a woman on some of the web's most popular dating sites and testing how much men will look past for the slightest chance of hooking up. As it turns out, the answer is quite a lot. Now, the Chicago comic shares the results with you, in this multimedia showcase of real conversations, e-mails, texts and photos from his time undercover. You can reserve FREE tickets for this one-night-only event at goldfish.brownpapertickets.com! This show is for mature audiences only, and honestly, "mature" is probably a generous word in this case. "Funny and cringe-inducing...a window into the wonderfully awful verbal foreplay of sexting" - Chicago Tribune "With the disarming combination of self-deprecation and the bitchy-bite perfected by Joan Rivers, Bowers shares his sacred Rules of Engagement for his online fishing" - NewCity Stage
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THE MUSIC MAN
SUMMER PLACE INC
7/29-8/7/2016

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LEGALLY BLONDE
PEORIA PLAYERS
8/3-8/7/2016

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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
MENDOTA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
8/5-8/7/2016

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WAR PAINT
Goodman Theatre
6/28-8/7/2016
They were the brand name on every woman's lips. Goodman Theatre announces the world premiere of War Paint, a new musical that charts the ascent and arch-rivalry of cosmetics entrepreneurs Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Patti LuPone, who "generates more raw excitement than any other performer on Broadway" (The New York Times), and Christine Ebersole, a "first-class, revitalizing master of period style" (The New York Times), respectively star as Rubinstein and Arden, the brilliant innovators with humble roots who shrewdly navigated the 1930s male-dominated business world to forever change the business of beauty. Directed by Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then, Grey Gardens), War Paint reunites Scott Frankel and Michael Korie-the acclaimed composer and lyricist team of Grey Gardens and Far From Heaven-with Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (Grey Gardens, I Am My Own Wife, The Little Mermaid). The musical is inspired by the book, War Paint, by Lindy Woodhead and the documentary film, The Powder & the Glory, by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman.
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THE WOMAN WHO AMUSES HERSELF
Idle Muse Theatre Company
6/25-8/7/2016
In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, a worker at the Louvre, committed the crime of the century by walking out with the Mona Lisa hidden under his coat. Peruggia then spent two years in his Paris apartment alone with the mysteriously smiling woman as his muse. But was he an Italian patriot who believed “La Gioconda” should be returned to her native Italy? Or was he a not-so-common thief seeking his fortune? Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece has attracted, inspired, and perplexed millions of admirers across generations and continents but what makes the Mona Lisa so special? Was it her theft alone that brought her the world’s attention? Meet Vincenzo and others affected by the smiling lady in this intriguing whydunnit. Featuring an all-Idle Muse Ensemble cast directed by ensemble member, Nathan Pease.
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BIG BIG FISH - 12 CHAIR
Elgin Community College
7/29-8/7/2016

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THADDEUS AND SLOCUM: A VAUDEVILLE ADVENTURE
Lookingglass Theatre Co
6/1-8/7/2016
Kevin Douglas; dir: J. Nicole Brooks, Krissy Vanderwarker.
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OKLAHOMA!
Beef House Dinner Theatre
7/8-8/7/2016

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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (MEGAMIX)
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, Inc.
7/21-8/7/2016

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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Vince Carney Community Theatre
7/22-8/7/2016

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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Fair Lady Productions
7/29-8/7/2016

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OKLAHOMA!
North Central College
7/29-8/7/2016

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OKLAHOMA!
Prairie Fire Theatre
8/4-8/7/2016
Community Theater
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OKLAHOMA!
Prairie Fire Theatre
8/4-8/7/2016
Community Theater
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OKLAHOMA!
Champaign Urbana Theatre Company
8/4-8/7/2016
Community Theater
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OKLAHOMA!
Champaign Urbana Theatre Company
8/4-8/7/2016
Community Theater
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TRIO A / TRIO B: "WATCHING ME / WATCHING YOU" & "THE TOP" AT LINKS HALL
Links Hall
8/6-8/8/2016
Chicago artist Joshua Kent and New York-based Mark McCloughan present "Trio A / Trio B", an evening of their respective pieces "The Top" and "Watching Me / Watching You". "The Top" presented by McCloughan's No Face Performance Group featuring Jaime Maseda and Melissa Krodman and is presented alongside the work of Kent and his two collaborators Courtney Mackedanz and Matthew Nicholas. Combining simple gestures and quotational pop, both works employ deceptively simple forms to open up conversations around larger issues of canons, presentation, and artifice in contrast to sincerity.
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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
6/27-8/10/2016

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TROLL
Trap Door Theatre
7/29-8/13/2016
Due to the onset of preeclampsia, eight-months pregnant neurosurgeon May Evans has been placed on bed rest and ordered to “do less”…forcing her husband Sam, a popular online journalist, to try and keep her from sneaking off to make calls to her staff. But as May’s condition worsens, she begins receiving disturbing anonymous emails about Sam and his “online activities,” which he claims are linked to his controversial articles and research methods. As the truth behind the emails is revealed, Sam and May are plunged into a nightmarish world of online vigilantism, legal drama and articulate fetuses.
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GODSPELL JR
COMMUNITY PLAYERS OF STREATOR
8/7-8/13/2016

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WASTWATER
Steep Theatre Company
7/7-8/13/2016
Simon Stephens; dir: Robin Witt.
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WASTWATER
Steep Theatre Company
7/7-8/13/2016
Simon Stephens; dir: Robin Witt.
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DOGFIGHT
CHICAGO HEIGHTS DRAMA GROUP
8/5-8/14/2016

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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
COUNTRY THEATRE WORKSHOP
8/4-8/14/2016

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CHILDREN OF EDEN
QUAD CITY MUSIC GUILD
8/5-8/14/2016

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
OAK LAWN PARK DISTRICT
8/5-8/14/2016

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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT-THEATREWORKS USA VERSION
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
7/8-8/14/2016

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DISNEY'S ALADDIN JR
KIDZ KABARET
8/5-8/14/2016

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THE BOOK OF MORMON
Bank Of America Theatre
6/28-8/14/2016
THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, 'South Park.' Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical. THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.
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C.S. LEWIS ONSTAGE: THE MOST RELUCTANT CONVERT
Mercury Theater
7/23-8/14/2016
Max McLean brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age and takes audiences on Lewis’ fascinating theatrical journey from atheism to Christianity. Adapted exclusively from Lewis’ writings, McLean inhabits Lewis from the death of his mother, his estranged relationship with his father and the experiences that led him from vigorous debunker to the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectual of the 20th Century. Experience a joyous evening of Lewis’ entertaining wit and fascinating insight. Cherish every minute of the extraordinary journey of C.S. Lewis as The Most Reluctant Convert. Run Time: 70 minutes; no intermission https://apps.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=08769ac84e93691e6176ae1b50f7025a&vqitq=5b03f585-098a-4aa7-a0a6-21e1d0cfb754&vqitp=ba09feb9-9c9a-4863-b98d-bc9db59ef9ad&vqitts=1464195308&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=18230c66c1374ae3ca06e10cd9073540
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CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS: TWELFTH NIGHT
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
7/14-8/14/2016
adapt: Kirsten Kelly from William Shakespeare; music: Ethan Deppe; dir: Kirsten Kelly.
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CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS: TWELFTH NIGHT
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
7/14-8/14/2016
adapt: Kirsten Kelly from William Shakespeare; music: Ethan Deppe; dir: Kirsten Kelly.
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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
8/4-8/14/2016
William Shakespeare; music: Jules Maxwell; dir: Jonathan Munby.
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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
8/4-8/14/2016
William Shakespeare; music: Jules Maxwell; dir: Jonathan Munby.
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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
First Folio Theatre
7/6-8/14/2016
William Shakespeare.
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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
First Folio Theatre
7/6-8/14/2016
William Shakespeare.
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KIN FOLK
The New Colony
7/8-8/14/2016
William Glick; dir: Evan Linder.
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KIN FOLK
The New Colony
7/8-8/14/2016
William Glick; dir: Evan Linder.
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BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
6/23-8/21/2016
Stephen Adly Guirgis; dir: Ensemble member Yasen Peyankov.
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NOW. HERE. THIS.
The Brown Paper Box Co.
7/15-8/21/2016

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LIQUID COURAGE: A DRINKING SHOW
The Beat Lounge
8/5-8/26/2016
Bloody Mary is ready to spill and Fireball is ready to burn so, let’s Gim-let go this Friday night! Join us as these drink characters chat, sing and, of course, drink the night away in this interactive drinking show! Fridays at 10:30pm this August in the Second City Beat Lounge.
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HISTORY OF COMEDY
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
7/23-8/27/2016
Mankind has been laughing since the dawn of time, but why? What's so funny? And why don't they let us in on the joke? Three men have the bravery, the intelligence, and the copious amount of spare time necessary to explain it all to you. Join our intrepid team as they explore what makes us laugh, why it makes us laugh, and just what the heck is so funny about the New Yorker cartoons. From slapstick to sarcasm, from wordplay to whoopee cushions, take this highly unscientific survey of comedy throughout the centuries. July 23 - August 27, 2016 Tickets: $25
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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH-TYA
EMERALD CITY THEATRE COMPANY
7/8-8/28/2016

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RING OF FIRE 5
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
7/24-8/28/2016

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EINSTEIN'S GIFT
Athenaeum Theatre
8/4-8/28/2016
Based on a true story, German scientist Fritz Haber is renouncing his faith, fearing persecution from an increasingly oppressive and militaristic government. In this award winning play, Haber's friend, Albert Einstein, fears Haber's work has taken a dangerous turn. While Einstein sees science as a discipline which transcends national boundaries as a force for good, Haber's work has become a deadly tool of the state. Einstein makes a desperate and emotional appeal that will resonate for generations and define the course of history. With daunting forces arrayed against him, Einstein is prepared to risk everything; his life, his work and his reputation against a building storm threatening to engulf the world in war. Einstein's Gift begs the question, if you could return to a time and change everything, what would it be? Acclaimed Chicago Director Elayne LeTraunik, Associate Artistic Director of Genesis, unveils the Chicago premier of "Einstein's Gift" a timely and powerful play for the first time before Chicago audiences. Written by award winning Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen, Einstein's Gift features a seasoned cast, including local standouts, Chris Saunders, Guy Wicke, Nick Hodge, Glenn Garrabrant, James McGuire, Darryn Glass, Vered Hankin and Becky Lang. In addition to an auspicious cast, the designers include Harrison Ornelas (Sets/Props), Jeremy Hollis (Lights), Paula Kenar (Costumes), JJ Porterfield (Sound), Brian LeTraunik (Fight Choreography) and Patrick Murphy (Stage Manager). Performances are August 4-28 at the Athenaeum Theatre, Studio One, 2936 N. Southport, in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Performance days and times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $30 with discounts for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Discounted tickets are also available on Goldstar and Hot Tix. For tickets call 773-935-6875 or go to www.athenaeumtheatre.org. Chicago Director and Producer Elayne LeTraunik Elayne LeTraunik and Genesis brings to life a story that resonates in today's headlines "I did a staged reading of this play more than 10 years ago," says Elayne LeTraunik, "and I have been wanting to do a full production ever since. I think the issues it examines including the perverted use of science by government, the horror of war and the danger of ultra-nationalism are issues that are still prevalent today." Elayne is a native Chicagoan, involved in the Chicago Theatre scene since the 1970s. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, she received a B.A. Degree with honors in History and Theatre. She continued her acting studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art (now part of the Central School of Drama) in London, England. Elayne has worked extensively both as an actress and a producer/director and starred in the Chicago premieres of "Nuts" and "Extremities." She also appeared in "Beyond Therapy" which featured Skipp Sudduth and Carmen Roman. Elayne is a member of Actors' Equity, Chicago Women in Philanthropy and the League of Professional Theatre Women As a producer, she has overseen a number of award winning and critically acclaimed productions including the Chicago premiere of "A Dybbuk" directed by Curt Columbus and a revival of "Class Enemy" directed by Steve Scott. She has produced and/or directed such productions as "Today I am a Fountain Pen," "The Stroop Report," "From Generation to Generation," and "Tunnel Rat." The Genesis production of "The Last Cyclist" received 4 stars from Chicago Theatre Beat. Elayne directed "On Holy Ground" in 2014 and in 2015, directed "Creation's Birthday," "Jihad," "Zelda at the Oasis," and co-directed with Patrick Murphy "Hope Throws Her Heart Away." Three of the aforementioned plays were written by women. Helping Women in the Arts Genesis Theatrical Productions has worked since 2006 to empower and educate through dynamic and unique theatrical works with exclusive Chicago, Midwest or World premieres, placing a multicultural focus on playwrights, and emphasizing social justice and community responsibility. In addition, Genesis promotes the place of women in theater at all levels. It's program, Athena's Wisdom, emphasizes their efforts and talents, and works to inspire other women to achieve their artistic goals. Genesis develops, creates and produces. We feed the mind. In 2014, Genesis received a 50/50 award from the International Centre for Women Playwrights in recognition of its work in promoting the work of women playwrights. About the Playwright Vern Thiessen's plays have entertained audiences across Canada, the US, Asia, UK, and Europe, including Einstein's Gift, Blowfish, Lenin's Embalmers, Bird Brain, Vimy, Shakespeare's Will, Apple and Of Human Bondage. He has had four plays produced off-Broadway. Thiessen is the recipient of the Sterling and Dora Awards for Outstanding New Play, The City of Edmonton Arts Achievement Award, the University of Alberta Alumni Award for Excellence, The Carol Bolt Award, the Alberta Playwriting Competition, the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, and the Governor General's Literary Award. He is Past President of both the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta. He is currently at work on commissions from Epic Theatre Ensemble, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Concrete Theatre/L'Uni Theatre, and Touchstone Theatre/Patrick Street Productions. In 2014, Vern was appointed as Artistic Director of Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre.
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AYN RAND IN LOVE
MCL Chicago
8/6-9/10/2016
2016 Premier Premieres! Festival WINNER. AYN RAND IN LOVE tells the story of a young Ayn Rand falling in what one would call love (she wouldn't) with the charismatic Frank O'Connor. Taking some truth from her early days working with MGM, the musical has all the glitz and glamour of an MGM classic of the late 1920's. When Ayn Rand sees something of value to her, she knows how to get it, and a job at MGM, Frank O'Connor, and another lover are no exception.?
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