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Second City takes aim at O.C. with new stage production

July 17, 2009 |  2:37 pm


It's certainly not the most original target for satire. But with a theater company this talented, you're guaranteed at least a few big laughs at the expense of the tan and the wealthy.

Second City, the popular Chicago comedy theatrical company, is coming to the Laguna Playhouse with the world premiere production of "Can You Be More Pacific," which will lampoon the privileged beach-side culture of Orange County.

Among the subjects positioned in Second City's comedic cross hairs will be plastic surgeons, real housewives, Republicans, freeways and monstrous theme parks.

The show will be the latest in a series of city-specific comedies that Second City is producing around the country. The company sends people to each city to do research and absorb the local culture, and then commissions a script as well as music. So far, the company has produced shows in Philadelphia, Denver, Atlanta and Washington. In the planning phases are shows for Phoenix and Tuscon.

Kelly Leonard of Second City told Culture Monster that the idea behind the project is to produce musical comedies that feature hyper-local references and jokes that go beyond old stereotypes.

"Can You Be More Pacific" is set to run March 21 to  April 11. No cast has been announced yet, but Second City said it will use local actors.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Laguna Playhouse. Credit: Los Angeles Times