Tempest-032309-v2

The Tempest

Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre (Chicago, IL)

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43 ratings
3.8 average rating
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2 stars
attended Apr 01 2009

I'm really sorry to say that this was a total bust. The Tempest is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays - and I really enjoy avant-garde productions when they highlight,... continued

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attended Apr 09 2009

I'm always amazed at how timeless Shakespeare's work is. The cast and stage were captivating; making the show moving, unique, funny and full of surprises.

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attended Apr 07 2009

I thought the staging and overall conception was remarkable, and have recommended it to all my friends.

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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Apr 07 2009

I'm normally not a fan of avant-garde productions and modern/contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare, but the Steppenwolf did an amazing job.

I highly recommend this production of the Tempest for those looking to stretch their imagination.

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10 reviews
1 stars
attended Apr 12 2009

I love seeing re-imaginings of Shakespeare's works because so many modern concepts/technologies/fashions/interpretations/etc. can be applied to the plays. Because I have... continued

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3 reviews
5 stars
attended Apr 15 2009

My husband and I both LOVED this production. It was innovative, slightly irreverant but stuck to the theme in the most creative way. The direction was great as was the... continued

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attended Apr 01 2009

I can understand why Steppenwolf has not produced any of Shakespear's plays in the past: "They don't have the talent". I have seen better middle school productions.

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attended Apr 16 2009

an exciting thrill ride through a classic Shakespeare tale. the sights and sounds meshed well with the theme and really gave life and activity to what could have been... continued

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attended Apr 19 2009

I loved this production. I thought it was innovative and enjoyable. The music and dancing and stagecraft were terrific. I loved the creativity of this production and did not think it was weird or distracting at all.

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3 reviews
4 stars
attended Apr 11 2009

Alac, the acting just didn't capture the beauty of the writing. Shakespeare has a rhythm and these actors did not.

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3 reviews
4 stars
attended Apr 14 2009

BRILLIANT production! Some really amazing stagecraft - Frank Galati as Prospero and the young man playing Ariel were both outstanding, as were the 3 gymnastic and highly... continued

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2 reviews
9 stars
attended Apr 26 2009

Steppenwolf's production of "The Tempest" is excellent, a must-see for Shakespeare fans as well as for those who are not as familiar with the bard. It offers much food... continued

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attended Apr 21 2009

It is an innovative and yet perfectly sound interpretation of a strange play. I felt I learned more about the Tempest by watching this play.

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3 stars
attended Apr 25 2009

Like the bit of the review I just noticed on this site, I did not like this show very much at all.

I had to question myself whether I really appreciate avant-garde or... continued

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23 reviews
3 stars
attended May 13 2009

For the most part I enjoyed the play, but the dialog was sometimes difficult to hear. The voices sounded puny and were lost in the vastness of the theater.

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15 reviews
4 stars
attended May 06 2009

liked it a lot - except for a scene towards the opening of the second act where "the Harpy" ? was moving his wings and speaking whatever -totally unintelligibly. Some... continued

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10 reviews
2 stars
attended Apr 03 2009

Galati's Prospero was outstanding,if overshadowed. Ariel's role was energetic and fun.The stagecraft was a bit over the top, but fun. While not the way I read the play,it was fun and a spectacle.

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6 reviews
5 stars
attended May 16 2009

I feel I must counter other reviews that portray the production as 'weird for weird' sake. We felt that it was a very intelligent treatment of the play, that it brought... continued

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6 reviews
2 stars
attended May 12 2009

I read some of the other reviews, but I did enjoy some of it. I thought some of the acting was just okay, but the energy level was good.

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6 reviews
1 stars
attended Apr 23 2009

Outstanding staging was the highlight of this show. The acting ranged from fine to so-so. Im not sure the adaptation of the text used to get it down to a reasonable two... continued

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