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Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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3.4 / 5 Rated by 98 members
Review from Mo in Chicago
Red Velvet 250 events 168 reviews

It had a few really good scenes, but overall, it was uneven. Some scenes seemed unfinished; the actor playing Jean was over-the-top in her performance (which I thought made her unbelievable).

reviewed Jun 11 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Pat C.
Red Velvet 190 events 86 reviews

The visuals are fabulous. The play itself is a fairy-tale for adults, with strong moralizing themes. If you're into that sort of thing, guess it was okay.

reviewed Jun 21 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Deborah Brown
Red Velvet 51 events 7 reviews

A bit out there but very entertaining. Actors did a wonderful job with their roles. We had great seats.

reviewed Apr 27 2008 report as inappropriate
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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.

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