Middletown 060811
3.8 / 5 Rated by 49 members
Review from Brenda Berman

A gorgeous show, though I have questions about some of the playwright's choices. The opening monologue was both poignant and funny, exquisitely delivered by Tim Hopper. There are many luminous moments of great power, and the play is a perfect...continued

reviewed Jun 23 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Jim

Excellent writing and uniformly good performances - and beautifully staged. The storyline in the second act could have been a little stronger.

reviewed Jun 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from cgl

A beautifully written, well-directed play. The set is wonderful. Great casting, great cast; particular standouts were Brenda Barrie, Martha Lavey and Michael Patrick Thornton. Do not go if you need lots of action and drama. This is a quiet...continued

reviewed Jun 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Sarah

Middleton takes an interesting perspective on everyday interactions that we have all had at some point in our communities. The first half of this show was amazing. The dialog was witty and kept the audience laughing the entire time. John is...continued

reviewed Jun 23 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

Amazing play. Will Eno is one of the most talent playwrights in America. See this ASAP!!!!!!

reviewed Jul 19 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

Wonderful writing...opening monologue brilliant. First act entertaining, funny, insightful. Looked forward to second act which disappointed. Agonizing dying scene of rasping way too long; Indian rant way too long. Ending a total let down. ...continued

reviewed Jun 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from WindyDavy

Follows Steppenwolf's current season's theme of private self vs. public self. Good use of space, lighting, sound to present action in variety of settings and times, following the cycle of life from birth to death and everything between....continued

reviewed Jun 24 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

It was terrible.

reviewed Jun 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Henk Green

The production was slow and uninteresting. As far as plot goes... well what was the plot? Boring, stale dialogue, if you're intellectually deep enuogh, can be entertaining? Don't waste your money. Though the actors tried their best to breathe...continued

reviewed Jun 23 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Dave Schanding

Interesting character portrayal of young woman moving to small town of Middletown and meeting elderly gentleman. Both somewhat lonely in their own ways. Play was well done.

reviewed Aug 10 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

The acting was very good, but I didn't care so much for the story. I wouldn't consider the story deeply moving or poignant but I agree that it is about a small American town and there are some funny lines.

reviewed Jun 25 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Don

It was quite different from any play my wife and I have ever seen before.

reviewed Jun 19 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Samantha Hoffman

Great writing, interesting characters, stellar acting. A thought-provoking play.

reviewed Jul 31 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from John Popik

Middletown at the Steppenwolf is an interesting and somewhat slow moving rift on people and small town life. I suppose a similarity to Thornton Wilder's Our Town might be an apt comparison. The plot centers on two main characters - Mary Swanson...continued

reviewed Jun 28 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Steve Edfors

great acting, humorous and touching...poignant

reviewed Jun 30 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Betty Wilhelm Nevins

5 of us went to see this play and we all loved it. It was fun but really made us think about life and death. The acting was wonderful and the set design was great. We attend plays at Steppenwolf on a regular basis and I can honestly say for the...continued

reviewed Aug 14 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Ken

Save your money. The first act is cleverly written and well acted. But the second act goes nowhere, the humor is gone, and message hammered home for the 20th time. I guess since I paid half price, and saw half a good play, it was OK :>). But not...continued

reviewed Jul 05 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Joan from Oak Park

The play is amusing, but ultimately fails to satisfy.

reviewed Jul 27 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from SusanW

The dialogue in the play is at times very fast-paced and extremely witty. The well-known and lesser-known actors all performed quite well, with several actors performing more than one role. As a whole the play is an existential comment about...continued

reviewed Jun 25 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from vinjud2006

Beautiful and moving play.....

reviewed Jun 24 2011 report as inappropriate
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