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TimeLine Theatre

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Address: 615 W. Wellington Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
Phone Number: +1 773-281-8463
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TimeLine Theatre Company presents stories inspired by history that connect...

TimeLine Theatre Company presents stories inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues. Founded in 1997 and located in Chicago's Lakeview East neighborhood, TimeLine is the recipient of 52 Jeff Awards, which signify excellence in Chicago theatre, including 11 awards for Outstanding Production in 15 seasons of eligibility.

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Best theatre in Chicago (which is saying a lot)

We saw the US premiere of The Last Wife and highly recommend it, as well as most productions at TimeLine. I particularly like going on a Sunday when there is a discussion... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 September 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We saw the US premiere of The Last Wife and highly recommend it, as well as most productions at TimeLine. I particularly like going on a Sunday when there is a discussion afterwards and one can hear from the director, the actors, or the author. Fascinating, always historical, and absolutely mind opening.

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Our group of six bought tickets at Hot Tix. We took a taxi, had some bad traffic and arrived about 7 minutes late. They were unable to seat us, so we sat in the lobby and watched a TV using headphones. The play and performance were excellent. Everyone was nice to us, just be sure you are not late.

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TimeLineTheatre, General Manager at TimeLine Theatre, responded to this review

Hi David, Sorry you ran into our late seating policy, but we appreciate you rolling with it! Thanks for attending a show at TimeLine, we're glad your experience was overall positive. Hope to see you at the theatre soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

My husband and I have started to keep our eyes out for any new production at Timeline Theatre. We love that it is contemporary, often politically-inspired, and very intimate in its productions and space. Most recently we enjoyed the marvelous Mike Nussbaum and equally wonderfully colleagues in Arthur Miller's "The Price." We often go for a nice Asian-fusion dinner at... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2014

I love TimeLine. They do 4 plays a year in a small theatre in Lincoln Park/Boystown that always open one's mind and provide learning on some subject. It really is the best theatre in Chicago!

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Aromas, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2014

Amazing play…you can't stop listening for a moment, and you don't want to. The interactive displays about the issues in the lobby help fill in the blanks. Amazing theater!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

Unbelievable theater. I came here to see A Raisin in the Sun. It was my first show at Timeline; I knew this was a classic theater piece, was set in Chicago, at a theater is wanted to visit for years (since their premiered of The History Boys shortly after I moved to Chicago), and was directed by Ron OJ Parson,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

I read Sean O'Casey's play Juno and the Paycock in graduate school, but I had never seen the musical version called Juno of this famous realistic Irish play about the civil war in Ireland in the 1920s. TimeLine Theatre's production had great acting, great singing, and great music from the orchestra. The small theatre made the performance very intimate and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

We saw the play Juno in this very intimate theater, seats about a hundred I'd say. The play was somewhat dark, but the actors were fabulous . They were so good at times it was hard to understand their Irish accents. The voices were strong and good. The music just right, and the set was very creative in a small... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

I've had annual subscriptions for up to five Chicago theaters over the past dozen years. My favorite is Timeline. This tiny, church basement theater consistently delivers thoughtful, well-acted and cleverly staged productions of history and political plays. For example, it premiered "Blood and Gifts" (how the CIA got involved in Afghanistan); introduced "To Master the Art" (Julia Child learns to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

If you haven't experienced theatre at Timeline, you should go. They take interesting and unusual historical moments and events and turn them into entertaining theatrical experiences. The ensemble cast members are excellent and they bring in new actors frequently. The venue is small and intimate and there isn't a bad seat in the house. Tickets are reasonable and season subscriptions... More 

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