Theatre exemption to smoking ban proposed

July 9, 2008 4:39:56 PM PDT
Live theatrical performances may get exempted from Chicago's smoking ban. The exemption would involve the hit stage production "Jersey Boys." After one theatergoer complained, the characters were forced to stop smoking this week.

Downtown Alderman Brendan Reilly introduced a measure at Wednesday's city council meeting that would allow actors on stage to smoke for theatrical purposes only.

Reilly says he fully supports the smoking ban but doesn't want it to affect theatrical performances.

Even if the city council approves the change, state lawmakers would also have to change state law to exempt actors on stage from the ban.