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.
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When video games stop being games -- when the onscreen targets are real places and the "kills" are actual fatalities -- the effects are anything but virtual. In Leveling Up, the brilliant play by Deborah Zoe Laufer, three twenty-something roommates play video games holed up in a Las Vegas basement, cocksure masters of their digital domains. But when the National Security Agency comes calling, one of them is lured into using his considerable skills to launch actual drones and missiles. Suddenly online battles have real-world consequences. Directed by Hallie Gordon, Leveling Up typifies the theme for Steppenwolf for Young Adult's 2013-2014 season: "When the game turns deadly, how will you play?" 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.” —<em>Chicago Tribune</em>
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.