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148 Star Starred
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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27 reviews
46 stars
attended Dec 01 2011

You've got to be kidding! I felt sorry for the actors who are obviously craftsmen stuck with a pretentious, sophomoric story! The man next to me fell asleep. My friend and I were convulsed by derisive laughter. The play seems to strive for...continued

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1 review
10 stars
attended Dec 07 2011

I see a play a week and this play , with out without JOhn Mahoney, was one of the worst. The long monologues...the screaming at each other....good grief...dont ask this playwright back...my group was ready to kill me for recommeding it...

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5 reviews
3 stars
attended Dec 01 2011

I thought the staging was creative, and each actor did a fine job establishing character. I think the play stinks. Thee's virtually no story line; actors deliver endless soliloquies as the other players stand paralyzed, waiting. I was bored,...continued

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Website

http://www.steppenwolf.org/boxoffice/productions/index.aspx?id=528

Description

Ever wonder what was happening at home while Odysseus was off fighting in Troy?

On a sun-scorched island off the coast of Greece, beautiful Penelope awaits the return of her husband from war. Beneath her window, four Speedo-clad men camp in an empty swimming pool, a cock-eyed internment where both provisions and time are running low. Locked in a do-or-die competition to win Penelope’s love, they preen and posture and connive in a last ditch effort to cheat a grisly fate.

Penelope, the newest play by powerhouse Irish playwright Enda Walsh, is an eloquent, wildly funny riff on life, love and the war at home.

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.