Theatre 68 and the Venus Cabaret Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave., announced the return of the critically acclaimed production, I'm Not A Comedian… I'm Lenny Bruce, to Chicago beginning Friday, Nov. 5.
Ronnie Marmo wrote and stars in the production, which award-winning actor/director Joe Mantegna is helming.
The production will include content from Bruce's repertoire previously unseen in Chicago.
"I believe Lenny's is the voice this country needs right now," said Marmo in a press release. "In the 1960s, he exposed many of the 'untouchable' subjects that are in the news again now: religion, racism, immigration, xenophobia, gender inequality, sexual identity, the criminal justice system, capital punishment, bail reform, government aid, police brutality, corrupt capitalism, the opiate epidemic, marijuana legalization, censorshipI could go on and on.
"So here we are, over 50 years later, all of the issues Lenny was fighting for are still so relevant and even radical. In certain ways, we've progressed since Lenny was with us and, in many, we have regressed."
The performance schedule is as follows: Thursdays at 8 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets are $69-$79 each, and COVID protocols will be followed; see LennyBruceOnStage.com .