Posts in category "Steppenwolf Theatre"

"Tribes" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Multi-layered Opus

"Tribes" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Multi-layered Opus
Steppenwolf Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of TRIBES. At first hearing, TRIBES sounds like an R-rated Hallmark Channel movie.  Its focus seems dedicated to building sensitivity towards deaf people.  A family of intellectuals realizes they have excluded one of their own.  Their rapid-fire dialogue, riddled with inside jokes and elitist snobbery, omits the hearing impaired... Read more »

"Lord of the Flies" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Boys will be b--- SAVAGES!

"Lord of the Flies" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Boys will be b--- SAVAGES!
Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents LORD OF THE FLIES. With his first published novel, LORD OF THE FLIES, William Goldring became an iconic writer.  His book about teenage boys forced to establish a civilization continues to be a shocker for new generations of readers.  He examines human nature challenged by puberty in a chaperone-free zone.... Read more »

"The Wheel" (Steppenwolf Theatre): WTF?

"The Wheel" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  WTF?
Steppenwolf Theatre presents the American premiere of THE WHEEL. My initial reaction to this show was ‘I don’t know what to think.’ Undoubtedly, this is the biggest spectacle I’ve ever seen on Steppenwolf’s stage.  Director Tina Landau doesn’t just contain the action to the stage.  Landau rips out the backdrop and uses the backstage bowels. ... Read more »
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First Look (Steppenwolf Theatre): New Playwrights Debut Their Works

Steppenwolf Theatre presents 2013 First Look Repertory of New Work.  The mission of the annual initiative is to develop new plays for future production at Steppenwolf Theatre and theatres across the country.  All the shows are being performed at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre running times between 80-90 minutes.     Buena Vista A new play by Edith Freni... Read more »

"Slowgirl" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Heartfelt Connectivity

"Slowgirl" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Heartfelt Connectivity
Steppenwolf Theatre presents SLOWGIRL. An uncle and his niece reunite in the middle of a jungle. Playwright Greg Pierce uses an exotic locale for an unexpected family meet up. Sterling and Becky haven’t seen each other in years. Now, they are forced to live in the same hut and figure out what’s really going on.... Read more »

"Belleville" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Thriller? Drama? Comedy?

"Belleville" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Thriller? Drama? Comedy?
Steppenwolf Theatre presents the World Premiere of Belleville.  Playwright Amy Herzog’s debut is a head scratcher.  On one hand, the acting is so genuine I’m pulled into this couple’s codependent relationship.  Kate Arrington (Abby) and Cliff Chamberlain (Zack) are a couple.  Their history is immediately apparent in the familiar teasing, finishing each other’s stories and... Read more »
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"Fat Pig" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Refreshingly and Devastatingly Sincere

"Fat Pig" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Refreshingly and Devastatingly Sincere
Steppenwolf Theatre, in partnership with Northwestern University, presents the Third Annual NEXT UP.  The NEXT UP series showcases graduate students from NU’s MFA programs in Direction and Design. This year the three shows running in repertory are FAT PIG, THE DRUNKEN CITY, and THE INTERNATIONALIST.   As a plus size woman, I was hesitant to... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru June 23rd The Knowledge (Steep Theatre): Unerring authenticity and can’t-blink intensity – and watch out for Mickey

EXTENDED Thru June 23rd The Knowledge (Steep Theatre): Unerring authenticity and can’t-blink intensity – and watch out for Mickey
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Steep Theatre presents THE KNOWLEDGE. A newbie teacher in a working class town outside of London is given the dog assignment of teaching a class of the underprivileged and underperforming – the kids no one else wants. When we see plucky, wide-eyed Zoe (Caroline Neff, on all cylinders) stumble in on... Read more »

"Head of Passes" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Excellent Testament to Faith

"Head of Passes" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Excellent Testament to Faith
Steppenwolf Theatre presents the world-premiere of HEAD OF PASSES.  Shelah has got some problems.  Her roof is leaking.  Her kids are fighting.  And her health is failing.  When her son throws her a surprise birthday party, she makes a final attempt to resolve her life.  Although her house and family remain broken, Shelah finds her... Read more »
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"Birthday Party" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Perverse Party of the Year

"Birthday Party" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Perverse Party of the Year
Steppenwolf Theatre presents BIRTHDAY PARTY.  Stanley is a recluse hiding out in a vacant boarding house.  His married landlady is a lunatic.  She smothers him with maternal and flirtatious affection.  And she has decided to throw him a surprise birthday party. The guest list is short.  His landlord isn’t even attending because of a weekly... Read more »