Venue Details

19 Star Starred
Athenaeum Theatre
at W Oakdale Ave 2936 North Southport Avenue Chicago, IL 60657
773-935-6860
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Member Tips

Goldstar Member
Found free parking on street nearby
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nmhs2009
Walked .8 miles from the Red Line.
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nmhs2009
Dressed in jeans with a nice top and didn't feel out of place.
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Cash bar
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Samantha Hoffman
Walked 4 or 5 blocks from the Brown Line.
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Mark
Easy parking on the street on Sundays.
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Reviews & Ratings

19 ratings
4.2 average rating
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33 reviews
2 stars
attended Apr 01 2012

Interesting script, well-acted. Laugh out loud moments and very intense, serious moments. I pulled it down from 5 stars because there was too much yelling for me. I love drama, but not yelling. Provocative ending.

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25 reviews
2 stars
attended Mar 29 2012

Very well acted, well written, and entertaining while making its points to the audience.

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16 reviews
2 stars
attended Apr 01 2012

This is one of the better plays I have seen in recent memory. The title is misleading because it is not really about baseball. It is more about trying to succeed about... continued

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Website

http://stepupproductions.net/

Quotes & Highlights

“[Gilman is] dealing with how we define one another, measure success and failure, raise celebrities up and tear them down, and create different personas to cope with all the craziness of having a public identity. The parallels the playwright draws between the artist and baseball player are always smart and amusing. You might be tempted to leave the theater chanting ‘Gil-man! Gil-man!’”  —Boston Globe

Description

Artist Dana Fielding is cracking up. Her latest exhibition is a disaster, her work isn’t selling, her boyfriend is leaving, and her paranoia is spiraling out of control. When she lands in a mental hospital, it’s a chance to rebuild her fragile sanity – until she learns that her cut-rate insurance policy will only cover a ten-day stay. How to buy more time on the inside? Simple: pretend to be someone she’s not – someone famous, someone special. Persuading the professionals that she’s crazy is the easy part.  But Dana’s “alter ego” is also a troubled soul.  Forced to confront the darker side of fame, rejection, and making a comeback, things take a twist that even she doesn’t anticipate.