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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
312-335-1650
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3.8 / 5 Rated by 49 members
Review from Henk Green
Red Velvet 521 events 97 reviews

The production was slow and uninteresting. As far as plot goes... well what was the plot? Boring, stale dialogue, if you're intellectually deep enuogh, can be entertaining? Don't waste your money. Though the actors tried their best to breathe...continued

reviewed Jun 23 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from WindyDavy
Red Velvet 337 events 83 reviews

Follows Steppenwolf's current season's theme of private self vs. public self. Good use of space, lighting, sound to present action in variety of settings and times, following the cycle of life from birth to death and everything between....continued

reviewed Jun 24 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
Red Velvet 106 events 51 reviews

It was terrible.

reviewed Jun 22 2011 report as inappropriate
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company concludes its 2010/11 season with __Middletown by Will Eno, __directed by Les Waters, in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre. The production features ensemble members Alana Arenas, Tim Hopper, Ora Jones, Martha Lavey and Tracy Letts with Brenda Barrie, Molly Glynn, Keith Kupferer, Danny McCarthy and Michael Patrick Thornton.  

Mary Swanson just moved to Middletown, eager to start a family and enjoy the neighborly bonds a small town promises. But when Mary befriends resident John Dodge, she is quick to discover that below Middletown’s flinchingly honest exterior lies something much more complex. Middletown is a wry, human portrait of a town with two lives, one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious.

Will Eno’s frequently produced play __Thom Pain (based on nothing) __was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  His other works include __The Flu Season, Tragedy: a tragedy and Oh, The Humanity and other exclamations__.__ __Les Waters serves as Associate Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He returns to Steppenwolf, having previously directed The Designated Mourner and The Memory of Water.

The production team for __Middletown __includes: Antje Ellermann (scenic design), Janice Pytel (costume design), Matt Frey (lighting design) and Richard Woodbury (sound design).  Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Laura D. Glenn (stage manager) and Michelle Medvin (assistant stage manager).

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