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Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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Cab fare from the Steppenwolf to Union Station was $9.40 when I took it.
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If you need a cab after the performance just tell one of the staff members. They have a cabbie light right outside the main doors that they will activate for you. As soon as the cabs see that light go on they will pull up right to the curb and pick you up.
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Reviews & Ratings

"Dead Man's Cell Phone"
98 ratings
3.4 average rating
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3 events
1 review
2 stars
attended May 04 2008

I sat there and watched all these smug, self satisfied subscribers look at each other with this "I *got* it, didn't you? Aren't we special" look.

Newsflash - the Emperor has no clothes.

OMG - the comparison to High School theater above is...continued

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13 reviews
11 stars
attended Apr 19 2008

Just not a professional play. I felt as if I were at a high school event. Not up to the usual Steppenwolf standard.

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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Mar 28 2008

We walked out at intermission. The writing was horrible, the acting was horrible - don't waste your time or money on this.

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Jean is sleepwalking through her life until she answers a dead man’s cell phone. It turns out to be a wake-up call that sends her on a date with the dead man’s brother, a drinking binge with his wife, and a mysterious rendezvous with his mistress—not to mention trips to the afterlife and the black market. In this quirky modern adventure, Jean reconnects to her own spirit and learns that life is for the living.

By Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Jessica Thebus

Sarah Ruhl gained widespread recognition for her play The Clean House, which won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2004 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005. She also won the 2006 MacArthur Fellowship for “creating vivid and adventurous theatrical works that poignantly juxtapose the mundane aspects of daily life with mythic themes of love and war." Other plays include Eurydice and _Passion Play.  _

Free post-show discussions are offered after every performance.

About the Ticket Supplier: Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an internationally-renowned company of thirty-five artists whose talents include acting, directing, playwriting, filmmaking, and textual adaptation. Steppenwolf has redefined the landscape of acting and performance by spawning a generation of America’s most gifted artists, including Joan Allen, John Mahoney, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Plimpton and Gary Sinise. No other American theater ensemble has survived as long and thrived as much as the Steppenwolf company of artists, who return home to Chicago to do the work they love.