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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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3.3 / 5 Rated by 23 members
Review from A-Squared Theatre Workshop
22 events 8 reviews

Read the book. Skip the play. Galati is good at giving us some nice imagery, but the storytelling is frustratingly confusing, flat, and just plain boring. My girlfriend (who loves the book and was very disappointed with this adaptation) fell...continued

reviewed Sep 19 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Kathryn Long
11 events 3 reviews

My husband and I had both read the book - not sure whether my opinion would change if either of us hadn't.... The story is very engaging and they really did a great job casting - the characters are just as I pictured them (including the cats!). ...continued

reviewed Sep 19 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Michael Schulte
17 events 2 reviews

Loved the book, but the play was not nearly as enjoyable. I doubt it will be enjoyed by people who haven't read the book.

Some of the characters were engaging and very entertaining. Others were somewhat lackluster. Rather than appearing...continued

reviewed Sep 25 2008 report as inappropriate
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In this adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s popular novel, audiences will encounter talking cats on the streets of Tokyo, World War II soldiers trapped in time, Colonel Sanders and Johnnie Walker. Experience the unexpected in this fantastical tale about waking up to your own life.

Free post-show discussions will be offered after every performance.

Frank Galati won two Tony Awards for his adaptation and direction of Steppenwolf’s production of The Grapes of Wrath on Broadway. He adapted and directed Haruki Murakami’s after the quake during Steppenwolf’s 2005-2006 season. This critically acclaimed production went on to successful runs at Long Wharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley Rep. Galati is a Steppenwolf ensemble member.

Haruki Murakami, author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles and other novels, is an award-winning writer whose work has been translated into 34 languages.

Kafka on the Shore was developed as part of Steppenwolf’s New Plays Initiative. Steppenwolf is recognized as a national leader in the development and production of new work for the American canon. Through this initiative, the company maintains ongoing relationships with writers of international prominence and rigorously discovers and supports the work of early and mid-career playwrights.

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