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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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ate across the street at Balena before the show. nice menu and since they cater to theater patrons can get you in and out ontime.
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Some street parking is free around the area if you search for a bit
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5 reviews
6 stars
attended Mar 02 2008

An well crafted, entertaining play that is well written and superbly performed. I would highly recommend it.

What a pity that Steppenwolf Theater directors/producers do not believe in amplifying their actors' voices. The actors are not...continued

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37 reviews
14 stars
attended Apr 01 2008

Good acting, great costumes, great staging. But the plot was too predictable, nothing new or exciting there.

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36 reviews
5 stars
attended Mar 15 2008

We enjoyed the performance,however we could not clearly hear all that was said by each actor/or actress. Yes, we were entertained and would return to this particular location due to the wonderful theatre atmosphere.


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About Carter’s Way

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Carter’s Way, written and directed by Oscar-winning ensemble member Eric Simonson, with original jazz music by Darrell Leonard.  The production, featuring ensemble members Robert Breuler, K. Todd Freeman, Ora Jones and James Vincent Meredith, with Anne Adams, Calvin Dutton, Curtis M. Jackson, Keith Kupferer, Danny McCarthy and Michael Pogue, runs  in the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre. 

It’s 1935. In America, it’s the middle of the Great Depression. In Kansas City, it’s the peak of the city’s legendary jazz era. The scene is hopping with recording deals and jam-packed clubs like Planet Mars, where life revolves around Oriole Carter, a brilliant black saxophonist who leads the house band. Oriole is falling head over heels for the white girlfriend of a local mobster just as a brand new invention called radio is threatening to make him a star.

_ Carter’s Way _was originally written for production at Kansas City Rep, where it enjoyed a successful run in 2005.  It has been significantly re-written for this Steppenwolf production, with the support of Steppenwolf’s New Plays Initiative.

Ensemble member Eric Simonson was Tony-nominated for his direction of Steppenwolf’s The Song of Jacob Zulu with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  Eric subsequently directed an Oscar-nominated documentary about the acclaimed South African singing group.  He received an Oscar for Best Documentary Short for his film A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin in 2006.  He has directed and adapted Steppenwolf’s Slaughterhouse-Five as well as the plays Lombardi/The Only Thing, Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright, Moby Dick and the new opera version of The Grapes of Wrath. 

About the Ticket Supplier: Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an internationally-renowned company of thirty-five artists whose talents include acting, directing, playwriting, filmmaking, and textual adaptation. Steppenwolf has redefined the landscape of acting and performance by spawning a generation of America's most gifted artists, including Joan Allen, John Mahoney, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Plimpton and Gary Sinise. No other American theater ensemble has survived as long and thrived as much as the Steppenwolf company of artists, who return home to Chicago to do the work they love.