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Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick –  stand-up comedian, chart-topping podcaster, television personality, contributor for
Wired magazine, and creative head of the multi-platform media behemoth Nerdist Industries.
including the Nerdist.com website. a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist) with over 900K subscribers; 2.3M Twitter fans; and a podcast  network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast that averages 5M monthly downloads. Chris is also the face of AMC’s live after show Talking Dead, which discussed the highly-rated The Walking Dead. His top rated late-night show, @Midnight airs four nights a week on Comedy Central. Now see him LIVE right here at the Athenaeum!
Chris Hardwick
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Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick –  stand-up comedian, chart-topping podcaster, television personality, contributor for
Wired magazine, and creative head of the multi-platform media behemoth Nerdist Industries.
including the Nerdist.com website. a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist) with over 900K subscribers; 2.3M Twitter fans; and a podcast  network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast that averages 5M monthly downloads. Chris is also the face of AMC’s live after show Talking Dead, which discussed the highly-rated The Walking Dead. His top rated late-night show, @Midnight airs four nights a week on Comedy Central. Now see him LIVE right here at the Athenaeum!
SECOND SHOW ADDED ON 2/27/14
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Friday February 27th 2015
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The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Infinite Monkey Cage is the award-winning BBC Radio comedy and science series recorded in front of a live theatre audience and hosted by physicist Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince.

“Do you think you’re funny? Do you think you’re smart? Do you eat quantum physics with your Cheerios? Or reflect on the Space/Time/Continuum on the tread mill? Then this is the show for you! I know, I was a guest and these guys are beyond cool – and hysterical!”  — Sir Patrick Stewart.

Physicist Brian Cox and award comedian Robin Ince are the naughty but clever monkeys, guiding the discussion with guest scientists and comedians, but often going off in very unexpected directions — you never know where their exploration of the universe will end up, but wherever you land, it’s always somewhere interesting and thought provoking and very, very funny.


The Infinite Monkey Cage
The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Infinite Monkey Cage is the award-winning BBC Radio comedy and science series recorded in front of a live theatre audience and hosted by physicist Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince.

“Do you think you’re funny? Do you think you’re smart? Do you eat quantum physics with your Cheerios? Or reflect on the Space/Time/Continuum on the tread mill? Then this is the show for you! I know, I was a guest and these guys are beyond cool – and hysterical!”  — Sir Patrick Stewart.

Physicist Brian Cox and award comedian Robin Ince are the naughty but clever monkeys, guiding the discussion with guest scientists and comedians, but often going off in very unexpected directions — you never know where their exploration of the universe will end up, but wherever you land, it’s always somewhere interesting and thought provoking and very, very funny.


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Main Stage
March 7th 2015
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Spread the Smile! 2015
Fifth annual dance event that provides urban and suburban dancers an environment to learn, share, and perform together, honoring and celebrating Katie Lunn, whom we tragically lost April 2010. Net proceeds from concert, silent auction, and master classes benefit the Keep the Smile Alive Katie Lunn Memorial Fund.

Keep the Smile Alive!
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Spread the Smile! 2015
A Day of Dance Connecting the World One Smile at a Time
Spread the Smile! 2015
Fifth annual dance event that provides urban and suburban dancers an environment to learn, share, and perform together, honoring and celebrating Katie Lunn, whom we tragically lost April 2010. Net proceeds from concert, silent auction, and master classes benefit the Keep the Smile Alive Katie Lunn Memorial Fund.

Keep the Smile Alive!
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March 8, 2015
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Seth Avett & Jessica Lee Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
If you are a fan of the Avett Brothers or Jessica Lea Mayfield, you won’t want to miss the chance to see Ms. Mayfield and Seth Avett perform together on their upcoming US tour through the month of March. In support of their new album, a 12-song collection of Elliott Smith songs, the duo will be playing a variety of tunes from different sources, including Smith compositions, originals by Mayfield, and a few original selections from Avett’s solo efforts, which have never been performed in a live setting. In dramatic contrast to the high volume/high energy approaches these artists are more known for, the Avett/Mayfield collaboration will be characterized on stage by a more delicate treatment of the songs performed; less of a shout and more of a whisper…each night will be a celebration of the intimate exchange between words and melody.
Seth Avett & Jessica Lee Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
Seth Avett & Jessica Lee Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
If you are a fan of the Avett Brothers or Jessica Lea Mayfield, you won’t want to miss the chance to see Ms. Mayfield and Seth Avett perform together on their upcoming US tour through the month of March. In support of their new album, a 12-song collection of Elliott Smith songs, the duo will be playing a variety of tunes from different sources, including Smith compositions, originals by Mayfield, and a few original selections from Avett’s solo efforts, which have never been performed in a live setting. In dramatic contrast to the high volume/high energy approaches these artists are more known for, the Avett/Mayfield collaboration will be characterized on stage by a more delicate treatment of the songs performed; less of a shout and more of a whisper…each night will be a celebration of the intimate exchange between words and melody.
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Main Stage
March 20, 2015
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Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa Lampanelli is known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. This equal opportunity offender is a regular on Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows, and she has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Good Morning America.” She was also a member of the cast of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” Season 5.

Lisa Lampanelli
Not recommended for all ages, due to strong language. Performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission.
Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa Lampanelli is known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. This equal opportunity offender is a regular on Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows, and she has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Good Morning America.” She was also a member of the cast of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” Season 5.

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Main Stage
March 21
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My Brother, My Brother and Me
The McElroy Brothers are experts in nothing whatsoever, but that doesn’t stop them from attempting to solve every question, query and quandary posed by listeners of their top-rated podcast. From ghost horses to Garfield fetishes, no topic is too complex for their insight. My Brother, My Brother and Me: Real brothers, real bad advice.
My Brother, My Brother and Me
with special guest - Sawbones
My Brother, My Brother and Me
The McElroy Brothers are experts in nothing whatsoever, but that doesn’t stop them from attempting to solve every question, query and quandary posed by listeners of their top-rated podcast. From ghost horses to Garfield fetishes, no topic is too complex for their insight. My Brother, My Brother and Me: Real brothers, real bad advice.
18+. Performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission.
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Main Stage
April 5th
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Chicago Children’s Choir

Join the Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir as they perform alongside local In-School Choirs and members of the world-renowned Voice of Chicago in an evening that captures the breath and variety of Chicago Children’s Choir’s programs and repertoire.

This event is free & open to the public.

Chicago Children’s Choir
Target Community Concert Series - Lincoln Park
Chicago Children’s Choir

Join the Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir as they perform alongside local In-School Choirs and members of the world-renowned Voice of Chicago in an evening that captures the breath and variety of Chicago Children’s Choir’s programs and repertoire.

This event is free & open to the public.

This event is free & open to the public.
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Main Stage
April 16 - 7:30PM
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Chicago Children’s Choir Men’s Festival
The men of Chicago Children’s Choir come together for a day of learning and camaraderie, culminating in a performance featuring The Filharmonic of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”
Chicago Children’s Choir Men’s Festival
Chicago Children’s Choir Men’s Festival
The men of Chicago Children’s Choir come together for a day of learning and camaraderie, culminating in a performance featuring The Filharmonic of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”
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April 18th
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Inaside Chicago Dance Spring Concert 2015
Inaside Chicago Dance presents an evening of innovative jazz choreography by established, emerging, and new choreographers in its annual Spring Concert.
Inaside Chicago Dance Spring Concert 2015
Inaside Chicago Dance Spring Concert 2015
Inaside Chicago Dance presents an evening of innovative jazz choreography by established, emerging, and new choreographers in its annual Spring Concert.
This all-ages performance lasts 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission.
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Main Stage
April 24 & 25 - 8:00 PM
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Listen To Your Mother 2015
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 fourth annual Chicago show will benefit the Red Pump Project, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.
What started as a single show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 has grown into a coast-to-coast phenomenon, with 39 cities participating in 2015 and an anthology, Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now from Putnam Books that will land in bookstores on April 7, 2015.

Listen To Your Mother 2015
Giving Motherhood a Voice
Listen To Your Mother 2015
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 fourth annual Chicago show will benefit the Red Pump Project, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.
What started as a single show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 has grown into a coast-to-coast phenomenon, with 39 cities participating in 2015 and an anthology, Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now from Putnam Books that will land in bookstores on April 7, 2015.

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Main Stage
May 3rd 2015
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Spring Affair
Once again Nomi Dance Company’s annual spring engagement includes the commissioning of Chicago’s finest talents. Monique Haley, (formerly of River North Dance Chicago), Stephanie Martinez, (founding member of River North Dance Chicago and one of Chicago’s most sought after choreographers) Giordano Dance Chicago’s Joshua Blake Carter, and Nomi’s own Katie Carey. This performance of <i>Spring Affair</i> will run the gamut of emotions and themes while at the same time engaging the audience with what Nomi is best known for– a high regard for dynamic risk-taking, athleticism, beautiful intricacies, and the dancers’ unique flavor when performing each vibrant and challenging work. Join us for an inspiring evening of dance!
Spring Affair
Spring Affair
Once again Nomi Dance Company’s annual spring engagement includes the commissioning of Chicago’s finest talents. Monique Haley, (formerly of River North Dance Chicago), Stephanie Martinez, (founding member of River North Dance Chicago and one of Chicago’s most sought after choreographers) Giordano Dance Chicago’s Joshua Blake Carter, and Nomi’s own Katie Carey. This performance of <i>Spring Affair</i> will run the gamut of emotions and themes while at the same time engaging the audience with what Nomi is best known for– a high regard for dynamic risk-taking, athleticism, beautiful intricacies, and the dancers’ unique flavor when performing each vibrant and challenging work. Join us for an inspiring evening of dance!
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May 23
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Studio One
Barbecue Apocalypse
The yard is wrong. The fence is wrong. The patio furniture is really, really wrong. As Mike and Deb prepare for a backyard barbecue designed to impress their more stylish friends, these concerns threaten to send them into a spiral of shame and self-doubt. But the world is about to fall apart, and apocalypse has a way of putting things in perspective. The Ruckus presents the Midwest premiere of a devilish new comedy from the writer behind The Boxer and the City Life Supplement.

Best Play of 2014 – Dallas Observer
Best New Play 2014 – DFW Theater Critics Forum
Nominee, American Theater Critics Association/Steinberg New Play Award.
Barbecue Apocalypse
Barbecue Apocalypse
The yard is wrong. The fence is wrong. The patio furniture is really, really wrong. As Mike and Deb prepare for a backyard barbecue designed to impress their more stylish friends, these concerns threaten to send them into a spiral of shame and self-doubt. But the world is about to fall apart, and apocalypse has a way of putting things in perspective. The Ruckus presents the Midwest premiere of a devilish new comedy from the writer behind The Boxer and the City Life Supplement.

Best Play of 2014 – Dallas Observer
Best New Play 2014 – DFW Theater Critics Forum
Nominee, American Theater Critics Association/Steinberg New Play Award.
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Studio One
February 14 - March 15
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Tiger At The Gates
The Trojan War, the Mother of all Western Wars, spawned the Mother of all Western Literature. What if, at the dawn of western history, there had been no epic poem of the glory of war, but rather a passionate plea made by a warrior for a story of peace? What would have happened had the Trojan War been avoided? Could it have been avoided? In John Arthur Lewis’s production of Tiger At The Gates (originally titled The Trojan War Will Not Take Place) the Gates Of War are omnipresent, threatening to open at any time. Because war is always threatening. And peace is always longed for.
Tiger At The Gates
Tiger At The Gates
The Trojan War, the Mother of all Western Wars, spawned the Mother of all Western Literature. What if, at the dawn of western history, there had been no epic poem of the glory of war, but rather a passionate plea made by a warrior for a story of peace? What would have happened had the Trojan War been avoided? Could it have been avoided? In John Arthur Lewis’s production of Tiger At The Gates (originally titled The Trojan War Will Not Take Place) the Gates Of War are omnipresent, threatening to open at any time. Because war is always threatening. And peace is always longed for.
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Studio One
March 20 - April 25
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Crimes of the Heart
At the core of this play are the Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi after Babe shoots her abusive husband. The trio was raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments and each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as they’re forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while coping with the latest incident that has disrupted their lives. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the “crimes of the heart” she has committed.
Crimes of the Heart
Crimes of the Heart
At the core of this play are the Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi after Babe shoots her abusive husband. The trio was raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments and each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as they’re forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while coping with the latest incident that has disrupted their lives. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the “crimes of the heart” she has committed.
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Studio One
May 8 - June 14
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Studio Two
Really Really
In the hazy aftermath of a wild campus party, dawn breaks on what appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a circle of friends.  But when morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
Interrobang Theatre Project presents the Midwest Premiere of
Really Really
Really Really
In the hazy aftermath of a wild campus party, dawn breaks on what appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a circle of friends.  But when morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
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Studio Two
Feb. 13th - March 15th 2015
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Inaside Choreographic Sponsorship Event 2015
Inaside Chicago Dance presents four nights of innovative jazz works by choreographers from around the country. Following the showing a moderated discussion will allow the choreographers to answers questions about their work. Audience votes determine the 2015 CSE winner. Winner will create a work for the company the following season.
Inaside Choreographic Sponsorship Event 2015
This all-ages performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission.
Inaside Choreographic Sponsorship Event 2015
Inaside Chicago Dance presents four nights of innovative jazz works by choreographers from around the country. Following the showing a moderated discussion will allow the choreographers to answers questions about their work. Audience votes determine the 2015 CSE winner. Winner will create a work for the company the following season.
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Studio Two
March 18-21
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Creation’s Birthday
Creation’s Birthday brings to life the story of the Big-Bang Genesis through the legendary battle between astronomer Edwin Hubble and the scientific icon Albert Einstein. How did a boxing champ, war-hero, Rhodes scholar, and upstart astronomer gang up with a moonshine-peddling janitor (Milton Humason) to discover our expanding universe? And how did Hubble and his Jesuit priest-ally (Father George Lemaitre) use the expanding universe to expose the greatest blunder of the greatest scientist? How could the infallible, scientific genius of the century so bungle his theory so as to miss the creation of the universe?
Creation’s Birthday
by Hasan Padamsee
Creation’s Birthday
Creation’s Birthday brings to life the story of the Big-Bang Genesis through the legendary battle between astronomer Edwin Hubble and the scientific icon Albert Einstein. How did a boxing champ, war-hero, Rhodes scholar, and upstart astronomer gang up with a moonshine-peddling janitor (Milton Humason) to discover our expanding universe? And how did Hubble and his Jesuit priest-ally (Father George Lemaitre) use the expanding universe to expose the greatest blunder of the greatest scientist? How could the infallible, scientific genius of the century so bungle his theory so as to miss the creation of the universe?
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Studio Two
March 26 - April 19
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Tarantism
The third installation of artist collaborations. Local artist/sculptor, Erik L. Peterson builds an exploded, moving stage to challenge the dancers in Tip Tap Tow. Originally created as an urban site specific piece for the opening of The Moments Between at A&D Gallery, artistic director Kendra Jorstad and Peterson bring the piece inside for a more intimate experience. Jorstad and David Lee Csicsko combine to share the modern version of King Henry VIII and his six wives. Watch as Csicsko transforms the space into a living painting.
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Tarantism
Tarantism
The third installation of artist collaborations. Local artist/sculptor, Erik L. Peterson builds an exploded, moving stage to challenge the dancers in Tip Tap Tow. Originally created as an urban site specific piece for the opening of The Moments Between at A&D Gallery, artistic director Kendra Jorstad and Peterson bring the piece inside for a more intimate experience. Jorstad and David Lee Csicsko combine to share the modern version of King Henry VIII and his six wives. Watch as Csicsko transforms the space into a living painting.
All-ages. Performance lasts 60 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Two
April 24 & 25
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Studio Three
Picture Imperfect
The story of a single mother, Mary and the impossibly conflicted decisions she must make. Abandoned, impoverished, and tormented by past mistakes, Mary battles an unforgiving system as it moves in painful, inexorable steps to take her beloved autistic son.



Picture Imperfect
Picture Imperfect
The story of a single mother, Mary and the impossibly conflicted decisions she must make. Abandoned, impoverished, and tormented by past mistakes, Mary battles an unforgiving system as it moves in painful, inexorable steps to take her beloved autistic son.



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Studio Three
Feb 26th - April 4th 2015
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Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Eclipse Theatre’s 2015 Terrence McNally Season opens with Lips Together, Teeth Apart. In a gay community on Fire Island, two straight couples reveal a desperate sense of individual isolation. Ted Hoerl makes his Eclipse directorial debut.
Lips Together, Teeth Apart
part of the 2015 Terrence McNally Season
Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Eclipse Theatre’s 2015 Terrence McNally Season opens with Lips Together, Teeth Apart. In a gay community on Fire Island, two straight couples reveal a desperate sense of individual isolation. Ted Hoerl makes his Eclipse directorial debut.
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Studio Three
Apr 16 - May 24
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A Perfect Ganesh
The 2015 McNally Season continues with his Pulitzer nominated play, A Perfect Ganesh.
Two American women embark on a comic and tragic spiritual journey through India with the Hindu god Ganesha. Artistic Director, Nathaniel Swift directs.
A Perfect Ganesh
part of the 2015 Terrence McNally Season
A Perfect Ganesh
The 2015 McNally Season continues with his Pulitzer nominated play, A Perfect Ganesh.
Two American women embark on a comic and tragic spiritual journey through India with the Hindu god Ganesha. Artistic Director, Nathaniel Swift directs.
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Studio Three
Jul 16 - Aug 23
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The Lisbon Traviata,
The 2015 Season concludes with the sharply funny yet deeply tragic play,The Lisbon Traviata, in which personal tragedy unfolds on an operatic scale. Ensemble Member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott, directs.
The Lisbon Traviata,
part of the 2015 Terrence McNally Season
The Lisbon Traviata,
The 2015 Season concludes with the sharply funny yet deeply tragic play,The Lisbon Traviata, in which personal tragedy unfolds on an operatic scale. Ensemble Member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott, directs.
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Studio Three
Nov 5 - Dec 20
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