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April 25 - 26 2014
Inaside Chicago Dance 10th Anniversary Spring Concert
Inaside Chicago Dance celebrates 10 years of innovative contemporary jazz dance!
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Main Stage
May 4th 2014
Listen To Your Mother
a Celebration of Mother's Day
A national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day.  Born of the creative work of mothers who publish online, each production is directed, produced and performed by local communities, for local communities.
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Main Stage
May 10
Chicago Academy for the Arts: Spring Dance Concert
Witness works by Jonathan Alsberry, Autumn Eckman, Nick Pupillo , and world renown choreographer and Academy Dance Chair, Randy Duncan in the Academy’s Spring Dance Concert. At the core of the Academy’s dance program is the intensive study of technique where dancers study with professional faculty and world-renowned guest artists. Chicago Academy for the Arts
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Main Stage
May 17
Spring Maneuvers
Nomi finishes out their season with yet another action-packed show!  Featuring brand new works alongside critically acclaimed works from past seasons, witness the innovative artistry by Chicago guest choreographers, Joshua Blake Carter of Giordano Dance Chicago, Ahmad Simmons of River North Chicago, Jessica Miller Tomlinson of Thodos Dance Chicago, and Latin Artist Alex Arteaga.
Performance lasts 75 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
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Main Stage
May 23 & 24
Tabula Rasa
a dance homage to "The Road Not Taken"
Have you ever wondered how your life might be different if you went left instead of right?  Inspired by Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken,” Tabula Rasa explores the concept of a blank slate in everyone’s life and how each choice we make shapes our own unique destiny.
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Main Stage
June 12th - 14th 2014
The 1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival
Join us for the three-day long 1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival presented by the Onion & A.V. Club. Featuring the surreal Scott Aukerman, the hilarious Tig Notaro joined by Kyle Kinane and Mike Lebovitz, and  the incomparable Marc Maron joined by Adam Burke, you’re sure to laugh yourself silly.
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Studio One
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Studio One
April 18 - May 24
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Director Beth Wolf sets Tom Stoppard’s classic re-imagining of Hamlet in a Steampunk world, the unique visual aesthetic that typically blends Victorian elements with steam-powered machinery, clockwork, and gears. The Steampunk aesthetic blends worlds – both the past and an imagined future – just as Stoppard blends the traditional with the unknown.
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Studio One
May 28 - July 6
Piano Diaries
A multi-media exploration of artistic identity
In Piano Diaries, a one-man show blending monologue and music, composer/singer-songwriter and solo pianist Peter Saltzman shares his journey toward creating a new form of music that fuses elements of jazz, classical and pop. He delivers imaginary dialogues with composers who have influenced his writing, such as Bach, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sting. His narration is interspersed with performances of old jazz standards, a Bach Fugue, his original pop songs, complex original piano compositions, and a great deal of improvisation.
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Contact Allan Chambers to find out about available space on our 4 stages.
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Studio Two
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Studio Two
April 10 - May 4, 2014
The Tempest
A dynamic adventure brought to life with puppetry, mask, movement and music. The brooding sorcerer Prospero commands storms and spirits, that he might meddle in the affairs of those that have been drawn by fate to his secluded island. Adapted by the Suitcase Shakespeare Company. Shakespeare that moves!
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Studio Two
May 9 - June 8
The Doll’s House Project: Ibsen Is Dead
Nora enjoys a comfortable life with her family and loves her husband Torvald above all else.  So much so, that she’s risked a small lie in order to save his reputation and protect their cozy existence.  When the truth worms its way out with a threat of blackmail, Nora begins to question her devotion and finds herself forced into making a life-altering decision.  A bold, fresh new adaptation of Ibsen’s perennially provocative play by one of Chicago’s hottest emerging playwrights.
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Studio Two
7/31 - 8/24
Half Price Cosmos
Half Price Cosmos tells the story of eight strangers who meet one night in a Chicago bar.  As they learn news of a terrorist attack occurring in Boston, each character lends a unique perspective to the looming question: And now what?
Performance features strong language--not recommended for all ages. Performance lasts 90 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Three
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Studio Three
April 17 - May 25
Ruined
part of the 2014 Lynn Nottage Season
The award winning and critically acclaimed play Ruined will open the 2014 Lynn Nottage season. In war-torn Congo, Mama Nadi keeps the peace between customers on both sides of the civil war by serving everything from cold beers to warm beds. This shrewd matriarch both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds “ruined” by the brutality of government soldiers and rebel forces alike. Inspired by interviews conducted in Africa, Ruined won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize Award for Drama. Actor, Director and Former Congo Square Theatre Associate Artistic Director Aaron Todd Douglas makes his Eclipse Theatre Directorial Debut.
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Studio Three
June 6 - June 29
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Neil Simon's comic masterpiece
Inspired by Neil Simon’s early career experience as a junior writer for Sid Ceasar’s  “Your Show of Shows,”  the play focuses on Max Prince, the star of a weekly comedy-variety show circa 1953, and his young staff of writers, including Simon’s alter-ego Lucas Brickman, who maintains a running commentary on the writing , fighting and wacky antics which take place in the writers’ room.  The staff works to develop the weekly show as Max fights with NBC executives about the sophistication of his comedy.
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Studio Three
July 17- August 24
Intimate Apparel
part of the 2014 Lynn Nottage Season
Esther lives in a boarding house for women in 1905 New York City, sewing intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. With her skills and discretion in great demand, she uses her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams and make them anew from the whole cloth of her life’s experiences.
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Studio Three
Nov 14 - Dec 6
Mud, River, Stone
part of the 2014 Lynn Nottage Season
The Lynn Nottage season concludes with the rarely produced Mud, River, Stone.  An African-American couple vacationing in Africa finds themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remains of a grand hotel when guests are taken hostage by an angry bellhop.  His demands are simple: grain for his village, and a blanket for his mother.
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April 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Are your taxes all done? Great! Time to start worrying about what to do on MOTHERS DAY! Why don't you look like a pro and buy her tickets to LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!

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.@AthenaeumTheatr tonight: @SuitcaseShakes previews The Tempest, Darlin' by @StepUpProChi + RPM La Journee des Tziganes dance!

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Final wknd: @StepUpProChi's world premiere Darlin' @AthenaeumTheatr #chicagotheatre

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Live gypsy swing band + original ballet: "Day of Gypsies" tonight (4/11) & Sat. (4/12) @AthenaeumTheatr. Preview: http…

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Tonight! Beautiful dance to LIVE music: RPM Productions proudly presents, “La Journée des Tziganes,” a colorful, vibrant, live music and dance production featuring the music of Grammy winning guitarist John Jorgenson and his gypsy jazz quintet live onstage with the bravura choreography of Emmy nominated director Gordon Peirce Schmidt.Tickets still available! https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/932011

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Half Price Cosmos tells the story of eight strangers who meet one night in a Chicago bar.  As they learn news of a terrorist attack occurring in Boston, each character lends a unique perspective to...

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Half Price Cosmos tells the story of eight strangers who meet one night in a Chicago bar.  As they learn news of a terrorist attack occurring in Boston, each character lends a unique perspective to...

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Contact Allan Chambers to find out about available spaces on our 4 stages. Call 773-935-6860

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Final weekend to catch @StepUpProChi's world premiere of Darlin' @AthenaeumTheatr #chicagotheatre http://t.co/NHRV4ML299

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Tickets are still available for RPM's La Journée des Tziganes - (The Day of the Gypsy) https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/932011

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La Journée des Tziganes - The Day of the Gypsy

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RPM Productions proudly presents, “La Journée des Tziganes,” a colorful, vibrant, live music and dance production featuring the music of Grammy winning guitarist John Jorgenson and his gypsy jazz q...

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Wow - one of the puppets and Adam from Suitcase Shakepeare's upcoming The Tesmpest in Studio Theater 2.

This is going to be amazing. For tickets....https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/930933

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Joshua Blake Carter in the studio today! Starting new work on Nomi's Spring Maneuvers Get your tix! @AthenaeumTheatr @DanceChicago #excited

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Kudos to the cast and crew of 'Darlin' at The Athenaeum Theatre - Chicago; named by Chicago Magazine as one of the best shows in the city this month!
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What an incredible deal! http://seechicagodance.com/event/la-journee-dez-tziganes-day-gypsies

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Event TypePerformanceRPM Productions announces their original production La Journee des Tziganes, The Day of the Gypsies, to take place at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., April 11 – 12. The vibrant music and dance production features the John Jorgenson gypsy jazz quintet live onstage…

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DePaul South Asian Students Association in in the house! The Main Stage house getting ready for their show tomorrow nite! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ1tCKtEbzY

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DePaul SASA Presents: Yatra!

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DePaul South Asian Student Association is thrilled to announce the final details for our well-awaited cultural show!! ******Unlike previous years, our show w...

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April 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Huzzah! Industry tickets have just been released for the last Thursday performance of Congo Square Theatre Company's King Hedley! Code: HEDLEYINDUSTRY https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9880227

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Step Up Productions presents "Darlin'" at The Athenaeum Theatre - Chicago http://bit.ly/1hZfmdP

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Sights + Sounds: Darlin’ « Sheridan Road Magazine

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If plays were like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches then Joshua Rollins’ Darlin’, currently being presented by the exemplar Step Up Productions, would be made with thick slabs of dusky rye and swirls of tart blackberry jam. But the bruised nature of this lunchtime concoction would have surprising…