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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
312-335-1650
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"Middletown"
49 ratings
3.8 average rating
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4 reviews
9 stars
attended Jun 23 2011

A gorgeous show, though I have questions about some of the playwright's choices. The opening monologue was both poignant and funny, exquisitely delivered by Tim Hopper. There are many luminous moments of great power, and the play is a perfect...continued

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Jim
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23 reviews
21 stars
attended Jun 22 2011

Excellent writing and uniformly good performances - and beautifully staged. The storyline in the second act could have been a little stronger.

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cgl
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11 reviews
7 stars
attended Jun 22 2011

A beautifully written, well-directed play. The set is wonderful. Great casting, great cast; particular standouts were Brenda Barrie, Martha Lavey and Michael Patrick Thornton. Do not go if you need lots of action and drama. This is a quiet...continued

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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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