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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 36 members
Review from James Cunningham
Red Velvet 142 events 37 reviews

A wonderful play, funny and sad, touching, has a lot to say and says it well. The production was great, and the cast marvelous. Had a wonderful evening.

reviewed Sep 08 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Jamesp
Red Velvet 21 events 2 reviews

This was clever, provocative, humorous and wonderful. I was reading and thinking about it well after the show and still am.

reviewed Nov 10 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Judith Kamins
51 events 18 reviews

a very complex play, well acted, very interesting

reviewed Nov 11 2011 report as inappropriate
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company kicks off its 2011/12 season with Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park directed by ensemble member Amy Morton and featuring ensemble member James Vincent Meredith with Karen Aldridge, Cliff Chamberlain, Stephanie Childers, Kirsten Fitzgerald, John Judd and Brendan Marshall-Rashid.  

On two separate afternoons, 50 years apart, a modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side becomes a contested site in the politics of race. September 1959: Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs. They’ve inadvertently sold the house to the neighborhood’s first black family and ignited a community showdown. September 2009: the neighborhood is ripe for gentrification and the house is again changing hands. This time to a young white couple with plans for demolition and a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. In a provocative nod to A Raisin in the Sun, longtime Steppenwolf collaborator Bruce Norris takes a hilarious look at what happens when home becomes a battleground.

Bruce Norris won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Clybourne Park.  His other works at Steppenwolf include A Parallelogram, The Unmentionables, The Pain and the Itch, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, __Purple Heart and The Infidel__. An ensemble member since 1997, **Amy**** Morton**’s** **many Steppenwolf directing credits include__ American Buffalo__, Dublin Carol, The Weir, The Pillowman, __Love-Lies-Bleeding __(also Kennedy Center) and __Glengarry Glen Ross __(also Dublin and Toronto). 

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