The Tobacco Monologues
Minnesotans have come up with a novel way around a recent smoking ban. The law has a loophole in it allowing actors to smoke during a performance as long as the audience is notified ahead of time. Bars across the state are now setting up shop as casual theaters, printing up playbills and declaring the patrons actors.
At The Rock, a hard-rock and heavy-metal bar in suburban St. Paul, the “actors” during “theater night” do little more than sit around, drink, smoke and listen to the earsplitting music.