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Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 38 members
Review from Laura Tashjian Whalen
17 events 5 reviews

At this point in the run, the cast has really become unit. The relationships between the characters were clearly defined and the actors fit their parts perfectly. The show itself is a fascinating exploration of friendship and human nature. We...continued

reviewed May 02 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
17 events 3 reviews

There wasn't any sign of a real friendship between the characters which was needed for this type of play. Individually the performances were good but altogether they subtracted from the play.

reviewed Mar 08 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Yelena
49 events 27 reviews

A must see.

reviewed Mar 12 2009 report as inappropriate
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Art explores the intricacies of a long-term friendship between three men. When one of them drops a fortune on a piece of modern art, his friends’ surprising reactions touch off a series of personal confrontations. This witty, intelligent and often funny play explores the power of art to engage the imagination and the enduring bonds of friendship.

French playwright Yasmina Reza won the 1997 Olivier Award and the 1998 Tony Award for Art, which has been produced worldwide and translated into over 30 languages. British playwright Christopher Hampton won an Academy Award for the screen adaptation of his play Dangerous Liaisons and was nominated for his adaptation of Atonement.

Art stars ensemble member Ian Barford, with Joe Dempsey and Randall Newsome.

Rick Snyder’s directing credits at Steppenwolf include Betrayal, Last of the Boys, The Fall to Earth, Orange Flower Water (also at the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland), Things Being What They Are and Tavern Story. He’s been a member of the Steppenwolf ensemble since 1983.

The design team for Art includes: Antje Ellermann (sets), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), Bob Christen (lights) and Kevin O’Donnell (sound). Michelle Medvin is the Stage Manager and Jonathan Templeton is the Assistant Stage Manager.

Free post-show discussions, sponsored by AT&T, are offered after every performance.

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