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Ronnie Marmo will bring the Richard Christiansen Theater back to life

After years of darkness caused by both a plague and a plague internal crisis At Victory Gardens Theater Company, the Richard Christiansen Theater at Chicago’s historic Biograph Theater is finally coming back to life.

Los Angeles-based actor and director Ronnie Marmo said he plans to produce two shows at the black box theater named after the late venerable figure. Tribune critic this spring. One of which will be a reprise of Marmo’s earlier Chicago hit “I’m Not a Comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce” A new production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” directed by Joe Mantegna and written by Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey, which tells the true story of the two founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. Marmo leases the space from Victory Gardens.

“Bill W,” a name familiar to anyone who trusts Alcoholics Anonymous, will begin performances on March 7, followed by “Lenny Bruce” in rotating repertoire on March 14. In a phone interview, Marmo said, “Bill W.” attracted large West Coast audiences.

“I am so excited to bring Lenny back to Chicago and introduce Chicago audiences to a story that literally saved my life,” Marmo said. “We plan to make that wonderful little theater sing again.”

Tickets ($69-79) go on sale Friday www.lennybruceonstage.com And www.billwanddrbobonstage.com

Chris Jones is a Tribune critic.

cjones5@chicagotribune.com

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