It's hardly a euphemism to call the new Shadowbox Live space in the Worly Building a work in progress.

It's hardly a euphemism to call the new Shadowbox Live space in the Worly Building a work in progress.

Three days before opening, construction workers still swarmed the place. It was a scene of chaos, but Shadowbox Live CEO Stev Guyer was the picture of calm (or he was putting on one great act).

"People are realistic," Guyer said. Columbus' forgiving attitude will be welcome at Shadowbox for several weeks, as construction of the new site wraps up. Dozens of things aren't finished - but the theater won't be one of them on Friday, the sold-out opening night of "Legacy."

The theater seats about 100 more people than the space in Easton, where the company has worked and played since 1999. The Worly Building stage is 50 percent larger.

The front bar and restaurant are dominated by a massive rectangular bar and romantic-industrial chandeliers, designed by Shadowbox lighting pros. A patio along the south side of the building will beckon in good weather.

Otherwise, said spokeswoman Nikki Fagin, fans can expect the same Shadowbox experience they've come to love.

The space is what you imagine the interior of the Worly Building looks like: Generous ceilings, warm, worn brick walls, charming details that can't be reproduced in brand-new construction. The Backstage Bistro is a coffee bar for now, but the restaurant will eventually be full service and will be open 6:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m. daily.

Shadobox is thrilled to be in the Brewery District, Guyer said.

"Where we wound up was absolutely, definitively where we wanted to end up," he said.