Ayn Rand in Love | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Michael Shepherd Gordon

When: Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 10 2016
Price: $20
It appears "Communism has come to Hollywood," laments a button-downed Ayn Rand in this delightful new musical by Gregory Dodds. Loosely based on the real-life Rand’s chance encounter with director Cecil B. DeMille before the height of her fame, this imagined scenario isn’t concerned so much with Rand’s politics as it is with her calculated love affair with actor Frank O’Connor (they subsequently maintained an open marriage for decades). Here she’s the curt, methodical, practical embodiment of the objectivist philosophy she famously championed—everything the easygoing Frank isn’t. Still, opposites have a tendency to attract, and even the most conservative folks enjoy “fonding” every once in a while, as Rand likes to say. It makes for some good comedy and even better musical numbers. The show is part of MCL's musical series Premier Premieres.—Matt de la Peña

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