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Los Secretos De Santa Monica
Los Secretos De Santa Monica

Santa Mónica de la Punta Gorda is the multicultural town of the popular radio series, ¡Qué Gente, Mi Gente!. In this small town we see the adventures, conflicts, romance and differences that its residents experience. Santa Monica has secrets that, in one way or another, affect everyone. Los Secretos de Santa Mónica is a theatre production written and produced by Latinos, with an original sound score. It is entertaining, comical, dramatic and intriguing.

Santa Mónica de la Punta Gorda es el pueblo multicultural de la popular radio novela “¡Qué Gente, Mi Gente!” Aquí ocurren aventuras, romances y diferencias entre todas las familias. Santa Mónica guarda secretos que de alguna manera afectan a todos. Los Secretos de Santa Mónica es una obra llena de diversion, música, romance, comedia e intriga. ¡Te cautivará!

This show is for both Spanish-speaking and English-Speaking audiences as it is performed in Spanglish.



Main Stage
2/17-21 2016

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DANCES FROM THE HEART 2016
2/13

A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2015 and newly curated acts, presenting an amazing array dance styles such as: aerial, tap, urban fusion, jazz, contemporary, stepping, Irish, Mexican folkloric, hip-hop, urban/performance art and more! Curated by John L. Schmitz

DANCE CHICAGO presents
DANCES FROM THE HEART 2016
2/13
DANCES FROM THE HEART 2016

A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2015 and newly curated acts, presenting an amazing array dance styles such as: aerial, tap, urban fusion, jazz, contemporary, stepping, Irish, Mexican folkloric, hip-hop, urban/performance art and more! Curated by John L. Schmitz

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2/13
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Los Secretos De Santa Monica
2/17-21 2016

Santa Mónica de la Punta Gorda is the multicultural town of the popular radio series, ¡Qué Gente, Mi Gente!. In this small town we see the adventures, conflicts, romance and differences that its residents experience. Santa Monica has secrets that, in one way or another, affect everyone. Los Secretos de Santa Mónica is a theatre production written and produced by Latinos, with an original sound score. It is entertaining, comical, dramatic and intriguing.

Santa Mónica de la Punta Gorda es el pueblo multicultural de la popular radio novela “¡Qué Gente, Mi Gente!” Aquí ocurren aventuras, romances y diferencias entre todas las familias. Santa Mónica guarda secretos que de alguna manera afectan a todos. Los Secretos de Santa Mónica es una obra llena de diversion, música, romance, comedia e intriga. ¡Te cautivará!

This show is for both Spanish-speaking and English-Speaking audiences as it is performed in Spanglish.

Los Secretos De Santa Monica
2/17-21 2016
Los Secretos De Santa Monica

Santa Mónica de la Punta Gorda is the multicultural town of the popular radio series, ¡Qué Gente, Mi Gente!. In this small town we see the adventures, conflicts, romance and differences that its residents experience. Santa Monica has secrets that, in one way or another, affect everyone. Los Secretos de Santa Mónica is a theatre production written and produced by Latinos, with an original sound score. It is entertaining, comical, dramatic and intriguing.

Santa Mónica de la Punta Gorda es el pueblo multicultural de la popular radio novela “¡Qué Gente, Mi Gente!” Aquí ocurren aventuras, romances y diferencias entre todas las familias. Santa Mónica guarda secretos que de alguna manera afectan a todos. Los Secretos de Santa Mónica es una obra llena de diversion, música, romance, comedia e intriga. ¡Te cautivará!

This show is for both Spanish-speaking and English-Speaking audiences as it is performed in Spanglish.

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Main Stage
2/17-21 2016
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Ricky and Trevor
March 11

Digital juggernauts and musicians Ricky Dillon and Trevor Moran have teamed up for a multi-city nationwide tour, which will include live performances from their respective albums, set for release in January 2016. Fans will have a chance to hear their favorite songs and hear all-new music, as well as go behind-the-scenes with Ricky and Trevor in an exclusive Q&A.

Become a VIP
VIP upgrades** are available for purchase starting Feb. 2nd at 2pm CST here: rickyandtrevortour.com**You must purchase a show ticket to be eligible for this upgrade. Quantities are extremely limited, so be sure to purchase your VIP upgrade today! Ricky and Trevor have made themselves available to a select number of fans for this exclusive experience. Attendees will be granted backstage access to nab a photo with Ricky and Trevor.
Ricky and Trevor
March 11
The Alive/Gold Tour
Ricky and Trevor

Digital juggernauts and musicians Ricky Dillon and Trevor Moran have teamed up for a multi-city nationwide tour, which will include live performances from their respective albums, set for release in January 2016. Fans will have a chance to hear their favorite songs and hear all-new music, as well as go behind-the-scenes with Ricky and Trevor in an exclusive Q&A.

Become a VIP
VIP upgrades** are available for purchase starting Feb. 2nd at 2pm CST here: rickyandtrevortour.com**You must purchase a show ticket to be eligible for this upgrade. Quantities are extremely limited, so be sure to purchase your VIP upgrade today! Ricky and Trevor have made themselves available to a select number of fans for this exclusive experience. Attendees will be granted backstage access to nab a photo with Ricky and Trevor.
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March 11
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Oh, Hello
3/18-24

Fresh off the success of their hit prank show “Too Much Tuna” and the critically acclaimed, sold out run of “OH, HELLO” on (off) Broadway, Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland will leave NYC for the first time in over 40 years to bring “OH, HELLO” to Chicago 3/20 -22 at the Athenaeum Theatre.

GIL FAIZON (star) is a Tony Award viewing actor and a SAG AFTRA must leave. Faizon currently works as a stand in model for mashed potatoes and other creamed foods. So like when they’re photographing mashed potatoes Gil lies there so they can get the lighting right. His Bar Mitzvah theme was the color brown.

GEORGE ST. GEEGLAND (star) was born in Newark, NJ to verbally abusive parents sometime in the early mid 1940s. In 1971 he published his first novel Rifkin’s Dilemma, a real 70’s novel about masturbation and such. It has aged terribly. St Geegland taught creative writing for 12 years at SUNY Yonkers – Go Zebras! – until he was fired for stuff that is in sealed documents. Along with Gil Faizon he is the co-author and co-star of several plays as well as the hit television show “Too Much Tuna” as seen on Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show.” Spalding Gray personally disliked him and he has chapped hands.

NICK KROLL and JOHN MULANEY are American writers and comedians with many credits. They are thrilled to be working with theater legends Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland. This is their first Off Broadway production.

Oh, Hello
3/18-24
with Gil Faizon (Nick Kroll) & George St. Geegland (John Mulaney)
Oh, Hello

Fresh off the success of their hit prank show “Too Much Tuna” and the critically acclaimed, sold out run of “OH, HELLO” on (off) Broadway, Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland will leave NYC for the first time in over 40 years to bring “OH, HELLO” to Chicago 3/20 -22 at the Athenaeum Theatre.

GIL FAIZON (star) is a Tony Award viewing actor and a SAG AFTRA must leave. Faizon currently works as a stand in model for mashed potatoes and other creamed foods. So like when they’re photographing mashed potatoes Gil lies there so they can get the lighting right. His Bar Mitzvah theme was the color brown.

GEORGE ST. GEEGLAND (star) was born in Newark, NJ to verbally abusive parents sometime in the early mid 1940s. In 1971 he published his first novel Rifkin’s Dilemma, a real 70’s novel about masturbation and such. It has aged terribly. St Geegland taught creative writing for 12 years at SUNY Yonkers – Go Zebras! – until he was fired for stuff that is in sealed documents. Along with Gil Faizon he is the co-author and co-star of several plays as well as the hit television show “Too Much Tuna” as seen on Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show.” Spalding Gray personally disliked him and he has chapped hands.

NICK KROLL and JOHN MULANEY are American writers and comedians with many credits. They are thrilled to be working with theater legends Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland. This is their first Off Broadway production.

Tickets go on sale at 10AM CST 1/15/2016
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Main Stage
3/18-24
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Listen To Your Mother 2016
May 1

Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities.

Each LTYM show donates a minimum of 10% of ticket proceeds to local causes. The fifth annual Chicago show will benefit Mujeres Latinas en Acción, a nonprofit organization that empowers Latinas by providing services that reflect their values and culture, and by being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives.

What started as a single LTYM show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 has grown into a coast-to-coast phenomenon, with 41 cities participating in 2016 (including our first Canadian show!). Our anthology, Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, was published last spring by Putnam Books.

Recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
Listen To Your Mother 2016
May 1
Giving Motherhood a Voice
Listen To Your Mother 2016

Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities.

Each LTYM show donates a minimum of 10% of ticket proceeds to local causes. The fifth annual Chicago show will benefit Mujeres Latinas en Acción, a nonprofit organization that empowers Latinas by providing services that reflect their values and culture, and by being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives.

What started as a single LTYM show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 has grown into a coast-to-coast phenomenon, with 41 cities participating in 2016 (including our first Canadian show!). Our anthology, Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, was published last spring by Putnam Books.

Recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
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Main Stage
May 1
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La Calisto
May 4,6,8

For nearly 300 years, Cavalli’s operas lay hidden from lovers of music and drama, but his genius was rediscovered in the 20th century. La Calisto is the perfect meeting of music and drama.

Written in 1651 to a libretto by Giovanni Faustini, one of the first professional librettists in the history of opera, La Calisto spices up Ovid’s Metamorphoses myth of Jove’s love for the beautiful nymph Calisto, a follower of the chaste goddess Diana. She refuses him in his manly appearance, but succumbs to his wooing after he disguises himself as Diana. When Jove’s wife Juno learns of his trickery and their affair, she punishes Calisto by turning her into a bear.Faustini’s libretto weaves in hilarious subplots which inspired some of Cavalli’s most lyrical and inventive music. HOC’s production features a cast of ten, our acclaimed chamber orchestra, gorgeous costumes, and a whimsical stage set.

Performance lasts 3 hours including one 15-minute intermission. Recommended for ages 10+.
La Calisto
May 4,6,8
by Francesco Cavalli
La Calisto

For nearly 300 years, Cavalli’s operas lay hidden from lovers of music and drama, but his genius was rediscovered in the 20th century. La Calisto is the perfect meeting of music and drama.

Written in 1651 to a libretto by Giovanni Faustini, one of the first professional librettists in the history of opera, La Calisto spices up Ovid’s Metamorphoses myth of Jove’s love for the beautiful nymph Calisto, a follower of the chaste goddess Diana. She refuses him in his manly appearance, but succumbs to his wooing after he disguises himself as Diana. When Jove’s wife Juno learns of his trickery and their affair, she punishes Calisto by turning her into a bear.Faustini’s libretto weaves in hilarious subplots which inspired some of Cavalli’s most lyrical and inventive music. HOC’s production features a cast of ten, our acclaimed chamber orchestra, gorgeous costumes, and a whimsical stage set.

Performance lasts 3 hours including one 15-minute intermission. Recommended for ages 10+.
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Main Stage
May 4,6,8
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We Will Tap You!
June 25
Chicago Tap Theatre presents a night of rock and tap with a program featuring the music of Queen exclusively. Freddie Mercury and Queen have entertained fans for more than four decades with their powerful vocals and musical fusion of hard rock and glam rock. This one night only event will be a bright, heartfelt and over the top celebration of this legendary band, as interpreted by Music Director Kurt Schweitz and Chicago Tap Theatre. We are especially excited as this show falls on Pride Week in Chicago, the perfect time to recognize and honor the music of Queen. Expect guest stars, surprises and the first concert aerial tap piece in this large-scale extravaganza!
We Will Tap You!
June 25
We Will Tap You!
Chicago Tap Theatre presents a night of rock and tap with a program featuring the music of Queen exclusively. Freddie Mercury and Queen have entertained fans for more than four decades with their powerful vocals and musical fusion of hard rock and glam rock. This one night only event will be a bright, heartfelt and over the top celebration of this legendary band, as interpreted by Music Director Kurt Schweitz and Chicago Tap Theatre. We are especially excited as this show falls on Pride Week in Chicago, the perfect time to recognize and honor the music of Queen. Expect guest stars, surprises and the first concert aerial tap piece in this large-scale extravaganza!
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Main Stage
June 25
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Studio One
Blueberry Toast
2/13 -3/13

It’s a Sunday morning in a sunny, suburban kitchen. Barb is making breakfast for her husband, Walt. Their children, Jack and Jill, are busy writing a play. When Barb and Walt disagree over a seemingly innocuous piece of blueberry toast, the veneer of their polished existence begins to crack and what’s underneath might eat them for breakfast.

No late seating. Recommended for ages 13+ due to strong language. Performance lasts 75 minutes with no intermission.
Blueberry Toast
2/13 -3/13
Blueberry Toast

It’s a Sunday morning in a sunny, suburban kitchen. Barb is making breakfast for her husband, Walt. Their children, Jack and Jill, are busy writing a play. When Barb and Walt disagree over a seemingly innocuous piece of blueberry toast, the veneer of their polished existence begins to crack and what’s underneath might eat them for breakfast.

No late seating. Recommended for ages 13+ due to strong language. Performance lasts 75 minutes with no intermission.
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Studio One
2/13 -3/13
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Make Me a Song
6/13 - 7/10
Make Me a Song is a celebration showcasing the songs of one of the most acclaimed composer-lyricists writing for the musical theatre today. A two-time Tony Award winner for the groundbreaking musical, Falsettos, and the beloved The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, William Finn is a true living legend. Make Me a Song is big, boisterous, and full of joie de vivre just like Finn, himself.
Make Me a Song
6/13 - 7/10
The Music of William Finn
Make Me a Song
Make Me a Song is a celebration showcasing the songs of one of the most acclaimed composer-lyricists writing for the musical theatre today. A two-time Tony Award winner for the groundbreaking musical, Falsettos, and the beloved The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, William Finn is a true living legend. Make Me a Song is big, boisterous, and full of joie de vivre just like Finn, himself.
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Studio One
6/13 - 7/10
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Amour
9/2 - 10/8
Black Button Eyes Productions brings the Broadway musical Amour to the city for its Chicago premiere. Adapted by beloved French composer Michel Legrand from the Marcel Aymé short story “Le Passe-Muraille,” the musical spins the story of an unassuming clerk in post-World War II Paris who embraces a life of romance and adventure when he discovers one day that he has the ability to walk through walls.
Amour
9/2 - 10/8
Amour
Black Button Eyes Productions brings the Broadway musical Amour to the city for its Chicago premiere. Adapted by beloved French composer Michel Legrand from the Marcel Aymé short story “Le Passe-Muraille,” the musical spins the story of an unassuming clerk in post-World War II Paris who embraces a life of romance and adventure when he discovers one day that he has the ability to walk through walls.
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Studio One
9/2 - 10/8
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Studio Two
The Shape of Things
2/5 - 3/6
Any shrewd chap who discovers a video camera in his artist-girlfriend’s bedroom might well fear that the cut and thrust of their sexual action was destined to end up as her artistic fodder. But in The Shape of Things, Neil LaBute’s chilling tale of sexual gamesmanship and bedroom politics, Adam, the shy chap concerned, takes the video camera lying down, so to speak. What shape are you willing to take to please your partner?
The Shape of Things
2/5 - 3/6
by Neil LaBute
The Shape of Things
Any shrewd chap who discovers a video camera in his artist-girlfriend’s bedroom might well fear that the cut and thrust of their sexual action was destined to end up as her artistic fodder. But in The Shape of Things, Neil LaBute’s chilling tale of sexual gamesmanship and bedroom politics, Adam, the shy chap concerned, takes the video camera lying down, so to speak. What shape are you willing to take to please your partner?
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Studio Two
2/5 - 3/6
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The Great and Terrible Doctor Faustus
2/19 - 2/28

The hour draws nigh for the Great and Terrible Doctor Faustus to attempt his most mind-bending magic act yet: The Vanishing Cabinet. In this immersive dance-theatre soiree, you will follow Faustus and the seven deadly sins through the darkest corners of the Athenaeum Theatre, a century-old landmark full of ghosts from the past. Pursue revenge and fortune in a theatrical purgatory run by the Devil himself. Meet glamorous characters from yesteryear with scores to settle and secrets to tell. See backstage like you never have before.

Who knows what your future has in store? All you have to do is pick a card and follow the darkness…Note: This performance requires constant audience movement, including up and down stairs, but there is an accessible route for those who require it. Additionally, you will be split up from your group unless you notify the box office that you need to stick together. Please contact the Athenaeum Theatre Box Office at (773) 935-6875 to arrange for special accommodations.

Performance lasts 1 hour; no intermission. This interactive performance depends on patron mobility, including climbing stairs.
The Great and Terrible Doctor Faustus
2/19 - 2/28
The Great and Terrible Doctor Faustus

The hour draws nigh for the Great and Terrible Doctor Faustus to attempt his most mind-bending magic act yet: The Vanishing Cabinet. In this immersive dance-theatre soiree, you will follow Faustus and the seven deadly sins through the darkest corners of the Athenaeum Theatre, a century-old landmark full of ghosts from the past. Pursue revenge and fortune in a theatrical purgatory run by the Devil himself. Meet glamorous characters from yesteryear with scores to settle and secrets to tell. See backstage like you never have before.

Who knows what your future has in store? All you have to do is pick a card and follow the darkness…Note: This performance requires constant audience movement, including up and down stairs, but there is an accessible route for those who require it. Additionally, you will be split up from your group unless you notify the box office that you need to stick together. Please contact the Athenaeum Theatre Box Office at (773) 935-6875 to arrange for special accommodations.

Performance lasts 1 hour; no intermission. This interactive performance depends on patron mobility, including climbing stairs.
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Studio Two
2/19 - 2/28
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Recent Tragic Events
3/11 - 4/10
It is September 12th, 2001; the setting is the Minneapolis apartment of Waverly, a young advertising executive. Soon to venture on a blind date amidst the television news coverage of the September 11th attacks, Waverly becomes preoccupied when she discovers that her twin sister, Wendy, a student in New York, has not been heard from. Waverly reassures herself that Wendy had no reason to be at the World Trade Center. As the evening unfolds, Waverly and her blind date, Andrew, an airport bookstore manager, realize that they are connected by a succession of bizarre coincidences. As Waverly awaits word on Wendy, the date is complicated by visits from her crazed-musician neighbor, Ron, and his girlfriend, Nancy, and a startling visit from Waverly’s great aunt, Joyce Carol Oates—played by a sock puppet.
Due to strong language and partial nudity, not recommended for all ages. Performance lasts 1 hours 45 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
Recent Tragic Events
3/11 - 4/10
by Craig Wright
Recent Tragic Events
It is September 12th, 2001; the setting is the Minneapolis apartment of Waverly, a young advertising executive. Soon to venture on a blind date amidst the television news coverage of the September 11th attacks, Waverly becomes preoccupied when she discovers that her twin sister, Wendy, a student in New York, has not been heard from. Waverly reassures herself that Wendy had no reason to be at the World Trade Center. As the evening unfolds, Waverly and her blind date, Andrew, an airport bookstore manager, realize that they are connected by a succession of bizarre coincidences. As Waverly awaits word on Wendy, the date is complicated by visits from her crazed-musician neighbor, Ron, and his girlfriend, Nancy, and a startling visit from Waverly’s great aunt, Joyce Carol Oates—played by a sock puppet.
Due to strong language and partial nudity, not recommended for all ages. Performance lasts 1 hours 45 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Two
3/11 - 4/10
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
7/1 - 7/31
Oscar Wilde’s last comedy opened on Valentine’s Day, 1895, and embodied society’s rules and rituals artfully with cleverness and humor. The play mocks Victorian traditions, social customs, marriage, and the pursuit of love. This farce is built on an absurd confusion of a book and a baby.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
7/1 - 7/31
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde’s last comedy opened on Valentine’s Day, 1895, and embodied society’s rules and rituals artfully with cleverness and humor. The play mocks Victorian traditions, social customs, marriage, and the pursuit of love. This farce is built on an absurd confusion of a book and a baby.
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Studio Two
7/1 - 7/31
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Studio Three
Zoyka’s Apartment
2/27 - 4/2
Zoyka’s Apartment is a tragic farce in two acts. The play revolves around Madame Zoyka – a smart, bold and pragmatic woman who turns her apartment into a dressmaker’s shop in order to survive in Post-Revolution Soviet Union. At a time when the country is seething with economic discontent and everyone is scrambling to escape to Paris, Zoyka is frantic to save as much as she can before the opportunity disappears.
Recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 1 hour 45 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
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Zoyka’s Apartment
2/27 - 4/2
Zoyka’s Apartment
Zoyka’s Apartment is a tragic farce in two acts. The play revolves around Madame Zoyka – a smart, bold and pragmatic woman who turns her apartment into a dressmaker’s shop in order to survive in Post-Revolution Soviet Union. At a time when the country is seething with economic discontent and everyone is scrambling to escape to Paris, Zoyka is frantic to save as much as she can before the opportunity disappears.
Recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 1 hour 45 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Three
2/27 - 4/2
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Oh, Coward! a Noël Coward musical review
8/26 - 9/18
Oh, Coward! is a musical revue with songs and lyrics, all by Noël Coward, featuring three singers and a pianist. Songs include, ‘Poor Little Rich Girl,’ ‘A Room with a View,’ ‘The Stately Homes of England,’ ‘If Love Were All,’ ‘Why Do the Wrong People Travel,’ and ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen.’
Oh, Coward! a Noël Coward musical review
8/26 - 9/18
Oh, Coward! a Noël Coward musical review
Oh, Coward! is a musical revue with songs and lyrics, all by Noël Coward, featuring three singers and a pianist. Songs include, ‘Poor Little Rich Girl,’ ‘A Room with a View,’ ‘The Stately Homes of England,’ ‘If Love Were All,’ ‘Why Do the Wrong People Travel,’ and ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen.’
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Studio Three
8/26 - 9/18
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The Heiress
9/26 - 10/ 23
In mid-1800s New York, a naïve young woman falls for a handsome young man, who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter; after all, his daughter is plain and boring. Based on the Henry James novella, Washington Square, the film version of The Heiress won four Academy Awards.
The Heiress
9/26 - 10/ 23
The Heiress
In mid-1800s New York, a naïve young woman falls for a handsome young man, who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter; after all, his daughter is plain and boring. Based on the Henry James novella, Washington Square, the film version of The Heiress won four Academy Awards.
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Studio Three
9/26 - 10/ 23
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