Academy Award-Winning Actress Joan Allen Stars in The Wheel
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The last date listed for The Wheel was Friday November 1, 2013 / 7:30pm.
Currently at Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre:
- Full Price:
- $55.00 - $78.00
- Our Price:
- $22.00 - $31.20
The modern-day American dream comes under the microscope in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's world premiere of Mona Mansour's funny and insightful new play, The Way West. In a California town that's seen better days, a woman shares tales of death-defying pioneer crossings with her two squabbling adult daughters as she waits for her bankruptcy to come through. This hilarious and heartbreaking play about today's American family explores the mixed blessing of our great frontier spirit, which has fueled both self-delusion and survival. Fresh off her Tony nomination for Steppenwolf's Broadway production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Amy Morton directs. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Bob Berger
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It was a very interesting evening in the theatre. The play was powerful and depressing, if a bit forced and contrived. The direction, staging and acting were absolutely first rate. It clearly was intended to, and did, provide lots of food for thought and discussion afterwards. Highly recommended for serious theatregoers, though not for the squeamish, faint of heart or those looking for comic relief.
Quotes & Highlights
“… you could actually see the part of Beatriz, a role with some commonalities with Mother Courage, kicking Allen, whose chops truly are formidable, in the head. Repeatedly. In real time. It felt to me like all of that amazing early stage work in Chicago was all coming back to her, slowly, partially, in stages, a wheeling series of revelations that totally matched the rolling, rolling through the years notions of the actual play in which she is starring. Real-time reason enough, dear reader, to buy a ticket. You may see me there again.” —Chicago Tribune
Directed by Ensemble Member Tina Landau
This production uses flashing lights, theatrical haze, loud sound effects, and live and recorded gunshots. There are strong images of war and violence.
Running time is 1 hour 45 minutes, with no intermission.