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We Always Lie to Strangers: Showbiz in the Ozarks Add to ...

  • Directed by AJ Schnack, David Wilson
  • Classification G
  • Genre documentary
  • Year 2013
  • Country USA
  • Language English

Branson, Mo., is a small Ozarks town that draws 7.5-million visitors annually to its 50 variety-show theatres. Lawrence Welk, Andy Williams and the Osmonds have all had long residencies. But this doc doesn’t look far into how Branson became a blue-state entertainment capital. It focuses instead on a couple of family dynasties (one of them thick with liberal Democrats), and on the travails of a struggling new theatre, an itinerant showgirl and a gay performer with two young sons. Some of these tales could happen any place where showbiz types gather.

April 29, 5:30 p.m., Lightbox; April 30, 1:30 p.m., Bader; May 5, 4:30 p.m., Hart House.

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