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Jack Helbig

Jack Helbig is a journalist and playwright living in Chicago. His musical adaptation, Hotel d'Amour, written with Gregg Opelka (and based on Georges Feydeau's farce A Flea in Her Ear), was first produced by the Buffalo Theatre Company in Chicago and has since been done around the U.S. He has written two plays, Thinking of Her Made Him Think of Her, first produced by the Talisman Theatre in Elgin, Illinois, and Kitten With a Whip, produced at the Cafe Voltaire, Chicago, and three ten-minute musicals (The Adventures of Princess Snapdragon, Dry Ice and Dinner with Douglas) (New Tuners, Chicago). He and Gregg Opelka also collaborated on My Night at Jacques', a modern translation of two one-act comic operettas by Jacques Offenbach. Helbig is a theater critic and arts writer for various publications, including the Chicago Reader and the Daily Herald. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with his wife, Sherry, and his spunky daughter, Margaret.

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