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Barack Stars: Chicago's Second City Skewers the Nation's Capital

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Chicago’s famed Second City comedy troupe is coming to DC to take the piss out of their hometown hero’s ascent to the presidency. Now in their 50th year, The Second City – best known for producing alums like John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and even Joan Rivers – will hold down the stage at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company from July 14th until August 4th.

With the shady political dealings of Washington and Chicago now more intertwined than ever, expect Barack Stars by The Second City to deliver a slew of topical one-liners and inside-the-Beltway humor that only a Washingtonian could fully appreciate. But we’ll be especially impressed if they can find something that rhymes with Blagojevich. Here’s the scoop:

Chicago produced a president, a string of corrupt governors, and they’re vying for the Olympics in 2016, so who better to make fun of it all than The Second City – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. In Barack Stars, Chicago’s favorite son is given his satiric due, with an economy on the ropes and maybe just a touch of swine flu for good measure. Perfecting the art of comedy revue with sketches, songs and a little improvisation, The Second City storms the Capital City to tackle partisanship, the politics of race, a terrifyingly tiny Rahm Emanuel and a host of other headline-grabbing personalities.

For showtime, ticket and cast info, check out the Woolly Mammoth’s homepage here.

WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY
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