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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 Karolis Karalevičius
12 events 5 reviews

Great acting and deep philosophical story. Very interesting and well executed. A few scenes included a graphic adult language but keep an open mind and you'll enjoy the performance.

reviewed Nov 11 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Jessica Hall
17 events 5 reviews

Just read the book, skip the play it doesn't even hold a candle to the book

reviewed Nov 06 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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