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Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
312-335-1650
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"The Brother/Sister Plays"
48 ratings
4.7 average rating
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7 reviews
9 stars
attended Jan 22 2010

I loved the plays. The acting was terrific; the scripts very good; the plays very powerfully performed. Showing these plays as a series adds to the meaning of each, as each sheds light on the others. I highly recommend them.

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37 reviews
27 stars
attended Jan 29 2010

A splendid evening--Beautifully written, directed and acted, a very satisfying and challenging evening in the theater. It was wonderful

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22 reviews
3 stars
attended Jan 21 2010

I thought that this play was very unique with its use of third person dialog. The set was sparse, but that just addded to the production. The play was well acted and I enjoyed it.

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Description

Steppenwolf will present The Brother/Sister Plays in repertory, with In the Red and Brown Water on one evening, in rotation with the two shorter plays on another. The plays can be experienced in any order, although chronologically Red and Brown Water comes first, The Brothers Size second and Marcus third. The three plays don’t line up in a neat linear way: they reflect on each other, echo, contradict, remind. They’re less in a perfect chronology than they are “in conversation” with each other.

Please note that the two evenings are ticketed separately.

*__In the Red and Brown Water__ *

Fast, spirited Oya is a promising young athlete who is offered a scholarship that could jump-start her future. Forced to choose between her dying mother and her own dreams, she makes a life-changing decision. Oya’s subsequent path to womanhood leads her to a crossroads where she finds herself torn between settling down… and just settling.

*__The Brothers Size__ *

When Oshooshie Size is released from jail he goes to work in his brother’s car repair shop. When his best friend from prison also shows up, a tense tug of war results. The Brothers Size is a fierce and honest look at the complex bonds of brotherhood.

*__Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet__ *

Marcus is sixteen. He is also coming to terms with his sexuality while uncovering the mysterious secrets of his family’s past. An entrancing coming-of-age story, Marcus is about the difficult quest for identity in an out spoken and strong-willed community.

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