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Ensemble is the first gossip-free oral history of Chicago theater

Mark Larson explains how he created his 700-page behemoth.

For the past few years followers of Chicago author Mark Larson on Facebook have been teased with little snippets about Chicago theater, tiny samples from his ongoing interviews with leading lights of Chicago’s theater scene, first glimpses into his still-to-be-published epic oral history of Chicago theater. Now Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater (Midway Books) is out, and it is a behemoth, nearly 700 pages of interviews chronicling Chicago’s theater movement starting with the founding of the city’s first off-Loop theater, the Playwrights Theatre Club in Old Town 1953.…

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