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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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3.7 / 5 Rated by 51 members
Review from Nadia
76 events 45 reviews

Good acting, interesting story, some conversation tidbits were lost due to either poor or soft enunciation, or even bad mike placement. The musical interludes were fantastic.

reviewed Feb 29 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Irene Phee Rundblom
84 events 41 reviews

Good acting, great costumes, great staging. But the plot was too predictable, nothing new or exciting there.

reviewed Apr 01 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Cynthia Henson
83 events 39 reviews

We enjoyed the performance,however we could not clearly hear all that was said by each actor/or actress. Yes, we were entertained and would return to this particular location due to the wonderful theatre atmosphere.


reviewed Mar 15 2008 report as inappropriate
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About Carter’s Way

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Carter’s Way, written and directed by Oscar-winning ensemble member Eric Simonson, with original jazz music by Darrell Leonard.  The production, featuring ensemble members Robert Breuler, K. Todd Freeman, Ora Jones and James Vincent Meredith, with Anne Adams, Calvin Dutton, Curtis M. Jackson, Keith Kupferer, Danny McCarthy and Michael Pogue, runs  in the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre. 

It’s 1935. In America, it’s the middle of the Great Depression. In Kansas City, it’s the peak of the city’s legendary jazz era. The scene is hopping with recording deals and jam-packed clubs like Planet Mars, where life revolves around Oriole Carter, a brilliant black saxophonist who leads the house band. Oriole is falling head over heels for the white girlfriend of a local mobster just as a brand new invention called radio is threatening to make him a star.

_ Carter’s Way _was originally written for production at Kansas City Rep, where it enjoyed a successful run in 2005.  It has been significantly re-written for this Steppenwolf production, with the support of Steppenwolf’s New Plays Initiative.

Ensemble member Eric Simonson was Tony-nominated for his direction of Steppenwolf’s The Song of Jacob Zulu with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  Eric subsequently directed an Oscar-nominated documentary about the acclaimed South African singing group.  He received an Oscar for Best Documentary Short for his film A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin in 2006.  He has directed and adapted Steppenwolf’s Slaughterhouse-Five as well as the plays Lombardi/The Only Thing, Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright, Moby Dick and the new opera version of The Grapes of Wrath. 

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