Current & Upcoming Shows

Main Stage
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Main Stage
July 26, 2014
LEVELdance presents
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Sophomore outing for LEVELdance.  Co-directors Eddy Ocampo and Joshua Paul Weckesser collaborate to create an evening of dance where design and theatrical elements build a bed where the dance rests.
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Mozart The Great
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Main Stage
September 4th 2014
Mozart The Great
The Chicago Arts Orchestra will be joined by special guest, Brian Bloye on Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major. The concert will also include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertate, and works by Frederick the Great. A pre-concert talk at 7:30pm is available to all ticket-holders. Come for the talk, stay for the show!
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Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule
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Main Stage
September 23rd - 24th
AEG LIVE presents
Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule
If you’ve ever seen Tim and Eric (the duo of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim) live, you are
already aware these two know how to put on a performance – complete with singing, dancing, and
all sorts of other Tim and Eric-isms. Past triumphs aside, NO ONE has seen Tim AND Eric AND Check It Out’s Dr. Steve Brule live in 2014! As on his program, Check It Out!, where Dr. Steve Brule discovers and shares bits of great
knowledge about all areas of life, the Dr. Steve Brule live show will educate crowds in a similar fashion.
This power trio has put together a show of a lifetime for you and your pep-pep and they’re venturing
to The Athenaeum! No excuses this time, ya danguses! 

Please note this has a suggested age restriction of 16+
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Studio One
Dead Man’s Cell Phone
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Studio One
July 10th - July 27th
Dead Man’s Cell Phone
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café.  Jean, a stranger at the next table who has had enough.  And Gordon, a dead man–with a lot of loose ends.  So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, author of The Clean House and Eurydice.  It is a quirky adventure that explores the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.
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The Boxer
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Studio One
August 7th - August 31st
The Boxer
A side-splitting, gut-busting, hour-long comedic romp without one spoken word.  From high-speed motor boat chases and dream ballets to Rocky-style training montages, this silent play has everything you could want onstage and more.  Come for the slapstick-y fun, stay for the true love. By Matt Lyle.
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Studio Two
Half Price Cosmos
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Studio Two
7/31 - 8/24
Half Price Cosmos
We’ve changed in the twelve years since 911, and so has our collective reaction to such tragedy. Is it better to behave with quiet civility or could there be transformative value in participating in explosive conversation? Come. Be a fly on the wall and observe one possible conversation, in one bar, on one night.  Performance features strong language–not recommended for all ages. Performance lasts 90 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
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The Last Cadillac
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Studio Two
8/28/2014 - 9/21/2014
The Last Cadillac

When a young man breaks into a worn-down mechanic shop run by Big Daddy, he learns that he has stumbled into the hangout for ancient African gods that have long since been forgotten.
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Studio Three
Intimate Apparel
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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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Toulouse: The Musical
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Studio Three
August 29th -31st
Toulouse: The Musical
In 1890s Montmartre, Paris’ grungy bohemian quarter, a short painter draws us into his world of music, dancing, alcohol and women. Suddenly an upper class businessman named Charles Zidler enters and promises to change the world with a brand new, electrified dancehall and Toulouse endless Absinthe and his very own  table in exchange for an advertisement. Patrons from all over Paris flock to the Moulin Rouge  after seeing Toulouse’s infamous “poster” but once there, the upper class bourgeois clash with the lower class bohemians with Toulouse in the middle. 
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William Shakespeare’s Richard III
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Studio Three
September 11th - September 21st
William Shakespeare’s Richard III
The king is dead. Years of civil war in England finally seem to be at an end as the House of York claims the throne. The court, however, remains unaware of the schemes of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and his desire for power at any cost. The masterful and haunting conclusion to Shakespeare’s history sequence exposes the depraved depths to which one man will descend, carrying a nation along with him into brutality. This dark morality tale receives an intimate staging by The Empty Theatre, committed to supporting emerging theatre artists at the start of their professional careers.
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The Clean House
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Studio Three
September 29th - October 25th
Bluebird Arts presents
The Clean House
by Sarah Ruhl
Matilde is a Brazilian cleaning woman who would rather be a comedian and invent the perfect joke than clean a house. A runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, The Clean House is a whimsical,wildly funny romantic comedy by Sarah Ruhl, a native of Wilmette, Illinois that takes a poignant look at class, comedy and the true nature of love.
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Mud, River, Stone
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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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