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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
312-335-1650
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Parking on the street is a bit dicey. We found a spot by circling around onto Clybourn. But if you drive, leave time to seek a spot unless you plan to use the parking lot - $13.
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They have hearing assistance devices, which my wife used, but the actors aren't miked, so the devices work by amplifying all the sounds in the theatre, including when someone in the audience coughed. Better than nothing, I suppose, but I didn't use one and had very little trouble hearing. What I missed was due to accent, not inability to hear.
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attended Sep 12 2009

Run: do not walk to this production of "Fake" that wonders who was responsible for the Piltdown hoax. Each actor plays a dual role brilliantly especially Francis Guinan as Doyle & Cole but all are fabulous. The costumes & set design are fantastic:...continued

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8 reviews
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attended Oct 24 2009

Acting was good but the accents drifted off at times. Using the same actors for different roles in different periods was creative but a bit confusing at times. Good first play and thought provoking but I am not sure exactly what the message was....continued

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27 reviews
19 stars
attended Oct 14 2009

The acting and the stage decorations were very good. The play itself - not so good. A bit disappointing.

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Website

http://www.steppenwolf.org/boxoffice/productions/index.aspx?id=474

Description

Ensemble member Eric Simonson recently completed a documentary on the late Studs Terkel for HBO. Simonson received a Tony® nomination for his direction of Steppenwolf’s The Song of Jacob Zulu with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and directed an Oscar®-nominated documentary about the acclaimed South African singing group. Simonson received an Oscar® for Best Documentary Short for his film A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin in 2006. Other directing credits at Steppenwolf include Carter’s Way (also playwright), Slaughterhouse-Five (also adaptor) and Nomathemba (Hope).

By ensemble member Eric Simonson

Directed by ensemble member Eric Simonson

Featuring ensemble members Kate Arrington, Francis Guinan and Alan Wilder with Coburn Goss and Larry Yando

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.