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The Ceremony of Innocence 

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Ethelred II, who ruled England from 978 to 1016, was called "the Unready" because he let the Danes overrun his country. Playwright Ronald Ribman offers a revisionist (and not quite historically accurate) view of the story, defending Ethelred as a studious younger brother unexpectedly thrust into leadership of a xenophobic nation reluctant to accept peace and progress if it meant monetary sacrifice. The Idle Muse Theatre Company's inaugural production has an undeniable classroom ambience, but a capable young cast under the direction of Evan Jackson delivers articulate, thought-provoking performances. Through 2/26: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main, Evanston, 847-804-8534, $15-$20, industry night Sat 2/11.

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