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The Birthday Party

Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre (Chicago, IL)

Reviews & Ratings

27 ratings
3.6 average rating
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1 review
2 stars
attended Jan 27 2013

Knowing that we are about to see a difficult to understand play, we red the plot, the interpretations, knew the characters and key phrases. Yet, despite of the actor's... continued

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11 reviews
14 stars
attended Jan 31 2013

Great acting! The play is like a Twilight Zone episode where you don't really know what is happening, and why, and what is the truth. We stayed for the discussion... continued

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11 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 24 2013

The writer succeeds in leaving the crowd completely and utterly confused throughout the show. It was hilariously scatterbrained and I really enjoyed the different explanations my friends came up with at each intermission.

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5 reviews
0 stars
attended Feb 09 2013

I am sorry to say I didn't care for the play at all. I generally really enjoy Steppenwolf productions and especially like the discussion after the play. The audience... continued

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5 reviews
1 stars
attended Jan 31 2013

The acting was terrific, really great by all, and the play was confusing but fascinating. The conversation it sparked between my friend and I was fun. I appreciated the Q... continued

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4 reviews
3 stars
attended Jan 24 2013

4 of us left after 2nd act...we should have had more wine at dinner before
The play.

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3 reviews
2 stars
attended Jan 24 2013

My friends and I were confused throughout the entire performance but enjoyed every second of it. The acting was phenomenal!

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16 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 27 2013

Disturbing but memorable play; excellent cast!

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8 reviews
3 stars
attended Jan 31 2013

Acting was the best.
Masterfully done.

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6 reviews
1 stars
attended Mar 12 2013

This was an outstanding night of theatre! I had wanted to see a Pinter play, and noticed this was running at Steppenwolf. Luckily, I read up on the play on Wikipedia... continued

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Yelena Maclinovsky
10 events
5 reviews
6 stars
attended Feb 16 2013

It wasn't clear to me whether the play was inane or the delivery. Except for John Mahoney, who was great, the actors were rather mediocre. The interpretation/directing... continued

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5 reviews
2 stars
attended Apr 07 2013

This is a "MUST SEE"!!! Great performances, great script, interested, fast, witty, smart!!! We just loved it!

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4 reviews
0 stars
attended Apr 13 2013

If you're looking for resolution of every issue or even an understanding of what those issues are, this probably is not the play for you. However, if you're a fan of... continued

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4 reviews
2 stars
attended Feb 01 2013

Loved the show. Great cast. Theater of the Absurd for sure.

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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 27 2013

I really like this show! The actors are so professional and they express the story very well.

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1 review
1 stars
attended Feb 08 2013

Excellent acting and intriguing story!

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1 review
1 stars
attended Feb 08 2013

Good acting but just not the right play for me

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1 review
0 stars
attended Feb 16 2013

Since I'm a huge Frasier fan this is the first play I've seen with John Mahoney and I would see him in anything. In other words, I went strictly to see him. Unusual play in itself but so is all of Pinter's work.

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1 review
2 stars
attended Mar 03 2013

The theatre is set up so the audience is on two sides with the stage in the middle so there isn't a bad set in the house. The performances were riveting and fascinating... continued

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