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Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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"The Birthday Party"
27 ratings
3.6 average rating
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1 review
2 stars
attended Jan 27 2013

Knowing that we are about to see a difficult to understand play, we red the plot, the interpretations, knew the characters and key phrases. Yet, despite of the actor's efforts, there was nothing more than pretentious, boring pile of words and...continued

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12 reviews
23 stars
attended Jan 31 2013

Great acting! The play is like a Twilight Zone episode where you don't really know what is happening, and why, and what is the truth. We stayed for the discussion afterwards and were amazed at how many interpretations there were. Definitely a...continued

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6 reviews
5 stars
attended Jan 24 2013

4 of us left after 2nd act...we should have had more wine at dinner before
The play.

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At a sleepy seaside boarding house in England, the humdrum routine of corn flakes, newspapers and naps is interrupted by the appearance of two menacing strangers. They become guests at longtime tenant Stanley’s surprise birthday party which, after a few glasses of whiskey, party games and a mysterious blackout, turns into a deliciously impalpable nightmare. As excuses and alliances hastily shift, so does the truth in Harold Pinter’s riveting dark-comic masterpiece. 

Harold Pinter was a director, actor and one of the most influential modern British dramatists, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. His celebrated, ultimately undefinable classic The Birthday Party derives its power from Pinter’s brilliantly mysterious yet comic riff on the absurd terrors of the everyday.

Running time is approximately 100 minutes, with no intermission.

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