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:
- $44.00 - $68.00
- Our Price:
- $17.00 - $27.00
Nina Raine's Tribes follows Billy, a deaf man raised inside the defiantly idiosyncratic and politically incorrect cocoon of his parents' house. He's adapted brilliantly to his hearing family's unconventional ways, but they've never returned the favor, leaving Billy isolated and alone -- and without the use of sign language. It's not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness herself, that he finally understands what it feels like to be understood. The deaf community becomes his new "tribe," leading to tensions with his family. The play premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre in 2010 with a sold-out run, which garnered rave reviews and numerous honors, and then made another critically acclaimed appearance off-Broadway, where it won the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding 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.” —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.
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.