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The show must go on?

In order to get around the smoking ban, many Minnesota bars are pronouncing customers as “actors,? reported the Minnesota Daily.

A new state smoking ban in restaurants and nightspots contains an exception for performers in theatrical productions which states that actors can light up while in character during performances.

Some Minnesota bars are taking advantage of the loophole by printing playbills, encouraging customers to come in costume and saying cigarettes are props in theatrical productions.

While nothing is currently being done to shut down these phoney productions, the state Health Department is threatening draw the curtain on the “shows.?