Venue Details

87 Star Starred
Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
312-335-1650
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Me
There is a parking garage that charges $10 to park. Street parking is very hard to find.
Russian Transport travel Mar 18 2014 star this tip starred
Lisa
The theater is great - no bad seats
The Birthday Party info Feb 17 2013 star this tip starred

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 efforts, there was nothing more than pretentious, boring pile of words and...continued

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11 reviews
8 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 afterwards and were amazed at how many interpretations there were. Definitely a...continued

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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 wanted more help understanding the play, and the representative from the...continued

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Website

http://www.steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/productions/index.aspx?id=564

Description

At a sleepy seaside boarding house in England, the humdrum routine of corn flakes, newspapers and naps is interrupted by the appearance of two menacing strangers. They become guests at longtime tenant Stanley’s surprise birthday party which, after a few glasses of whiskey, party games and a mysterious blackout, turns into a deliciously impalpable nightmare. As excuses and alliances hastily shift, so does the truth in Harold Pinter’s riveting dark-comic masterpiece. 

Harold Pinter was a director, actor and one of the most influential modern British dramatists, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. His celebrated, ultimately undefinable classic The Birthday Party derives its power from Pinter’s brilliantly mysterious yet comic riff on the absurd terrors of the everyday.

Running time is approximately 100 minutes, with no intermission.

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.