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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 Yelena
49 events 27 reviews

A must see.

reviewed Mar 12 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Jamie
24 events 15 reviews

This was my first visit to Chicago and I have to say that the theatre scene there is astounding. I enjoyed the intimacy of the theatre. I found the play to be thought provoking and tragically comical. I loved every minute of it. The post show...continued

reviewed Jun 04 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from gpsimeon
18 events 11 reviews

As good as the first time I saw it in VO.

reviewed Mar 10 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Modquad
13 events 8 reviews

wanted to see this on broadway... so glad i caught it here. an intimate theatre, and clever set design added to the experience. the actors succeeded at moving the audience to laughter, empathy, and to think!

reviewed Mar 08 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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