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Kafka on the Shore

Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre (Chicago, IL)

Reviews & Ratings

23 ratings
3.3 average rating
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8 reviews
6 stars
attended Sep 19 2008

Read the book. Skip the play. Galati is good at giving us some nice imagery, but the storytelling is frustratingly confusing, flat, and just plain boring. My girlfriend (who loves the book and was very disappointed with this adaptation) fell...continued

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4 reviews
0 stars
attended Oct 25 2008

This is the second show I've seen Frank adapt from Murakami. I enjoyed after the quake more as a play than I enjoyed Kafka on the Shore. I didn't feel that Frank went far enough making it a surreal experience. Items cut from the book made it...continued

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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Sep 19 2008

My husband and I had both read the book - not sure whether my opinion would change if either of us hadn't.... The story is very engaging and they really did a great job casting - the characters are just as I pictured them (including the cats!). ...continued

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2 reviews
8 stars
attended Sep 21 2008

It was terrible. It was one of those plays where you really, really have to search hard to understand the so-called connections and "references" etc. Just because they tell me it's a journey to manhood blah blah blah, doesn't make it so. Very...continued

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2 reviews
2 stars
attended Sep 25 2008

Loved the book, but the play was not nearly as enjoyable. I doubt it will be enjoyed by people who haven't read the book.

Some of the characters were engaging and very entertaining. Others were somewhat lackluster. Rather than appearing...continued

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8 reviews
1 stars
attended Oct 29 2008

The play was often confusing, but compelling as well. The actors were fabulous.

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5 reviews
2 stars
attended Nov 11 2008

Great acting and deep philosophical story. Very interesting and well executed. A few scenes included a graphic adult language but keep an open mind and you'll enjoy the performance.

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5 reviews
3 stars
attended Nov 06 2008

Just read the book, skip the play it doesn't even hold a candle to the book

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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Oct 11 2008

I loved the performance and the cast! I think the director did a great job, since it's a hard story to put into the action. Great actors and great work!
I didn't notice any problems with the actors as some older reviews mentioned, so I hardly...continued

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2 reviews
0 stars
attended Nov 12 2008

The story was a little strange and the acting was terrible.

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1 review
0 stars
attended Nov 02 2008

my goodness, what a weird play. i enjoyed it because it kept my interest, but otherwise, it confused the crap out of me!

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