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Chicago theater takes on a historic tragedy with clowns

Chicago has an unusual holiday tradition. It’s a play called “Burning Bluebeard” running NOW at Theater Wit. It’s based on a fire at the Iroquois Theater on Dec. 30, 1903 that killed more than 600 people. And it’s portrayed by clowns. Playwright and co-founder of The Ruffians, Jay Torrence tells us what inspired him to turn a tragedy into a work that’s been described as “vaudeville style” entertaining and emotional. Photo: Flickr/Col Ben

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