Venue Details

Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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3.4 / 5 Rated by 40 members
Review from Pat C.
Red Velvet 190 events 86 reviews

I enjoyed this character-driven, picaresque drama. The set was beautiful, and the characters full of spunk and humor. The occasional songs were exquisitely delivered. My only complaint is that there was so much going on on the multi-leveled set...continued

reviewed May 15 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from WindyDavy
Red Velvet 338 events 83 reviews

Although Wilson's script called for all the action to take place in the hotel lobby, Steppenwolf has a very large stage and took full advantage of it by showing us the second and third floors of the hotel. The second floor rooms were functional...continued

reviewed Apr 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Ross Read
Red Velvet 8 events 5 reviews

The best thing about the play is the set. Looked great and brought to life a hotel in the 70's. However, the storyline was erratic and annoying. Multiple actors talking over each other, no real character depth and a shallow story line that ends...continued

reviewed May 21 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from TheatreAddict
194 events 155 reviews

Oh, dear God... No wonder Lanford Wilson passed away recently - he saw what Steppenwolf was doing to his lovely play. To call this production misguided doesn't even begin... The director has taken Wilson's lovely valentine to the denizens of the...continued

reviewed Apr 17 2011 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

Hot L Baltimore was adapted into a short-lived 1975 ABC sitcom, produced by Norman Lear and starring James Cromwell, Richard Masur, Charlotte Rae and Conchata Ferrell.


The Hotel Baltimore used to be the swankiest place in town; now it has a date with the wrecking ball. Eviction notices just went out to its residents, who live on the fringes of society and call the seedy hotel home. This acclaimed play from the author of Balm in Gilead and Burn This is filled with everyday humanity — unexpectedly intimate and moving. Helmed by visionary director Tina Landau, The Hot L Baltimore reveals the private lives of an unconventional community about to be turned inside out.

The production features ensemble members Alana Arenas, Kate Arrington, Jon Michael Hill, James Vincent Meredith, Yasen Peyankov and Molly Regan with Sean Allan Krill, TaRon Patton, Namir Smallwood, Samuel Taylor, Allison Torem and Jacqueline Williams. 

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