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23 Star Starred
Athenaeum Theatre
at W Oakdale Ave 2936 North Southport Avenue Chicago, IL 60657
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Free street parking if you can find it or two pay and park lots adjacent to theatre
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19 ratings
4.2 average rating
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34 reviews
3 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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27 reviews
4 stars
attended Mar 29 2012

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

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17 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 what you love and dealing with criticism.Play has charm, wit and drama, funny...continued

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“[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


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.