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:
- $61.00 - $86.00
- Our Price:
- $30.50 - $43.00
Partner swapping goes awry in The Qualms, the new comedy by Pulitzer-winning playwright Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park). In this darkly funny world premiere from Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Tony-winning director Pam MacKinnon, a group of friends gathers at a beachside apartment complex for their regular evening of food, drink, drugs and sex. But when a new couple joins the party, the freewheeling night devolves into a territorial battle over mating privileges. Often compared to Edward Albee for his witty examinations of the American psyche, Norris is one of two playwrights (the other being David Mamet) to win a Pulitzer, Tony and Olivier Award for a single play. In The Qualms, he delves into the eternal struggle for power and status. 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.