Venue Details

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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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95 reviews
31 stars
Steppenwolf does not use microphones and it is often difficult to hear the actors.
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4 reviews
75 stars
There are multiple restaurants along Halsted if you want to eat afterwards and you can park your car in the parking lot for $13 instead of $11 for an additional 90 minutes.
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37 ratings
2.8 average rating
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28 reviews
54 stars
attended Dec 01 2011

You've got to be kidding! I felt sorry for the actors who are obviously craftsmen stuck with a pretentious, sophomoric story! The man next to me fell asleep. My friend and I were convulsed by derisive laughter. The play seems to strive for...continued

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26 stars
attended Dec 07 2011

I see a play a week and this play , with out without JOhn Mahoney, was one of the worst. The long monologues...the screaming at each other....good grief...dont ask this playwright group was ready to kill me for recommeding it...

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5 reviews
3 stars
attended Dec 01 2011

I thought the staging was creative, and each actor did a fine job establishing character. I think the play stinks. Thee's virtually no story line; actors deliver endless soliloquies as the other players stand paralyzed, waiting. I was bored,...continued

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