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Club connection: All laughs in Chicago

Brad Morris ’98 (second from right) plays a nursing-home patient in the Second City comedy Between Barack and a Hard Place. About twenty Skidmore alumni, parents, and friends gathered in May for Mexican food—and “some fancy margaritas,” per Marcy Paisley Miller ’97—before heading in to the theater. The performance was “hysterical,” Miller says, “and we were all proud to see a fellow alum up on stage.” Barack is on a six-month run, ending in September. In two mostly scripted acts (followed by a third of improv), six actors play multiple roles. Among Morris’s: “an eager and inept H&R Block employee, and an insensitive husband,” he says. The show “lived up to all the hype,” reports Carol Rafferty Champ ’62, adding that she and Mary Campbell ’62 enjoyed the company of Skidmore alums “young enough to be our children.” John Beckman ’94 says, “Everyone laughed their heads off. I was particularly impressed that we alums laughed at the same things.” Harold Kudan ’54 especially enjoyed “the political byplay with effective portrayals of Barack and Clinton.” Knowing there were Skiddies applauding, Morris says, “It was neat to be feted like that… in a weird way.” —MTS