Belleville 042313

Belleville

Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre (Chicago, IL)

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20 ratings
3.2 average rating
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6 reviews
1 stars
attended Jun 28 2013

The craft of the play was excellent. Unfortunately I have no idea why this play was chosen. Neither I nor my companion had any sympathy for the main characters. From where I sat, they just appeared to be spoiled Americans unable to get a hold...continued

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28 reviews
3 stars
attended Jul 21 2013

We are great fans of Amy Herzog's work, and were looking forward to seeing Belleville. Unfortunately, this is not one of her better plays...unsympathetic characters, implausible circumstances, and an ending entirely in French. What gave the play...continued

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30 reviews
11 stars
attended Aug 11 2013

The entire play unfolds very slowly, yet it captivated me immediately. I've seen it compared to a Hitchcock movie, and don't disagree. Acting was great, too.

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15 reviews
0 stars
attended Jul 06 2013

Very intense storyline...great show. Keeps you guessing at what might happen, and many surprises along the way.

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8 reviews
6 stars
attended Jun 30 2013

For that play, in those seats, over half the dialogue was non-audible to us (4) and a number of people around us. We have sat in those seats before in that theater and did not experience a problem. We have also seen Amy Herzog plays !! This one...continued

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27 reviews
30 stars
attended Jul 28 2013

excellent acting a pleasure to see
The play not realistic too large a set for the neighbourhood, where did monry come from for 3 years and so on

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8 reviews
23 stars
attended Jul 06 2013

Belleville was one of the worst plays I have seen in many years. If I wasn't in the middle of a row I would have walked out after about an hour.
I am puzzled by Steppenwolf, they usually have fine productions.

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8 reviews
4 stars
attended Aug 02 2013

Wonderful acting! Script was not what I was expecting, but I think that was rather the point. No psycho action needed. The really frightening part of the play is how people misunderstand each other.

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7 reviews
0 stars
attended Aug 11 2013

Excellent seats for Sunday night performance (1st row). Loved the play- will not give away the plot but suffice to say that it kept us on the edge of our seats the the entire time. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
We had a pre-show snack...continued

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5 reviews
2 stars
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4 reviews
1 stars
attended Jul 05 2013

A very well written play. I thought the acting was very good. A lot of play's experience overacting, which in this case we did not. The set was excellent. The only negative I had is that a person would not break into another person's house in the...continued

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4 reviews
8 stars
attended Aug 11 2013

I would give it 4.5 stars. I thought it idid a great job dealing with issues of lying to oneself, lying to others and unrealistic expectations

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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Jun 29 2013

There were parts about this play that I loved, and parts that I hated. Sometimes the pace just dragged. Other times it was spirited and engaging. The story built to an exciting, dramatic crescendo, then fizzled. I'm don't understand what the...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended Jun 30 2013

Belleville is an emotionally demanding play. You will be provoked when you see it. It is not a feel good, escapist evening to be sure, but more of an emotionally taxing and thought provoking, " ok what do I do with that" kind of evening. You...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended Aug 11 2013

Expectations were high. Belleville is slow, boring and predicable. Who wants to watch someone get high or pretend. Sad that it was called theatre. Waste of our time. Hbo or Showtime series would have been nice to see in lieu of this horrible...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended Jun 30 2013

Interesting and twisted. Actors were at their best which made the experience even more intense.

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1 review
0 stars
attended Jul 21 2013

My first time to Steppenwolf - I loved it, great performance and highly enjoyable experience.

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1 review
0 stars
attended Jul 14 2013

Solidly acted, written and staged show. You won't be disappointed and may very well be thrilled.

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1 review
1 stars
attended Aug 11 2013

The play was well excecuted. The performance by the lead actress was amazing. The play dragged a bit at the end (the last 10 minutes) even it was only a 1 hr and 40 min play. Please note it is overall a dark play looking at the push pull of...continued

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