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The Woman Who Amuses Herself



In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, a worker at the Louvre, committed the crime of the century by walking out with the Mona Lisa hidden under his coat. Peruggia then spent two years in his Paris apartment alone with the mysteriously smiling woman as his muse. But was he an Italian patriot who believed “La Gioconda” should be returned to her native Italy, was he a not-so-common thief seeking his fortune, or was this the strangest tale of unrequited love ever told? 

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece has attracted, inspired, and perplexed millions of admirers across generations and continents but what makes the Mona Lisa so special? Was it her theft alone that brought her the world’s attention? Meet Vincenzo and others affected by the smiling lady in this intriguing whydunnit.

Idle Muse Theatre Company presents The Woman Who Amuses Herself by Victor Lodato, directed by IMTC ensemble member Nathan Pease. This production is recommended for teens and up.

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Our 10th Anniversary Season!



Idle Muse Theatre Company is 10 years old!

To celebrate, we're making it our best season yet - with brand new stories and a few old friends as we mark a full decade of producing great Chicago theatre!

Watch this space for announcements in the coming weeks of upcoming events, staged readings and plays!

Season 10

Season 11 Info Coming Soon


Special Events

Have a drink with Idle Muse!

Have a drink with Idle Muse!

Make Your Time at Idle Muse a Special Event! 

Have a Drink with Idle Muse on Sunday, September 6th, 2pm-5pm! No Cover! No tickets to buy! Just come by and have a drink or three! Marty's Martini Bar, the #1 Ranked martini bar in Chicago has graciously opened its doors to Idle Muse Theatre Company. Sales between 2:00-5:00pm on Sunday, September 6th will go directly to benefit Idle Muse activities and productions.

PLUS: Idle Muse Theatre Company will announce the line-up for Season Eleven at our Martinis for Muses fundraiser! Be the very first to find out what mischief we've got coming up!

Come by, say hi, and order a drink!

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