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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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Steppenwolf does not use microphones and it is often difficult to hear the actors.
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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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"The Seafarer"
18 ratings
4.3 average rating
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31 events
13 reviews
10 stars
attended Dec 13 2008

I know this got a great review in the paper but I really thought it was too long and rather tedious.

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5 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 16 2008

The acting was ah-mazing. I was totally convinced by the actors that they were indeed the characters whom they embodied. The story was somber at first, but it ended beautifully. Highly recommend it.

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2 reviews
14 stars
attended Dec 18 2008

First my Goldstar experience, and then my review of the show:


Buying the tickets was fast and easy. I was so pleased to find availability for this show! I printed my receipt to take with me, but I ended up not needing it to get the...continued

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents _The Seafarer _by Conor McPherson, directed by ensemble member Randall Arney.  The production features ensemble members Francis Guinan, Tom Irwin, John Mahoney and Alan Wilder with Randall Newsome.

It’s Christmas Eve in Dublin. In the rundown house where Sharky cares for his blind brother, old acquaintances gather for a card game—joined by an ominous stranger.  As the booze flows and the game intensifies, Sharky discovers he is playing for his soul.  In this eerie, darkly humorous tale, celebrated playwright Conor McPherson examines how we face the demons of our past as we struggle to find redemption.

The Seafarer makes its Chicago premiere following a critically-acclaimed Broadway run.

Born in Dublin, playwright Conor McPherson’s plays include include The Seafarer (premiered on Broadway in 2007), Poor Beast in the Rain, Port Authority, Dublin Carol (premiered on Broadway in 2002), The Weir (premiered on Broadway in 1999), St Nicholas and This Lime Tree Bower. Mr. McPherson won London’s prestigious Olivier Award for _The Weir _and received a Tony nomination for Shining City

Ensemble member Randall Arney has directed Conor McPherson’s The Weir at L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse, where he serves as Artistic Director.  Other directing credits include Atlanta, Speed the Plow, All My Sons, Take Me Out, I Just Stopped by to See the Man, Boy Gets Girl and God’s Man In Texas.  Steppenwolf Broadway transfers under his leadership include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Song of Jacob Zulu (six Tony Award nominations) and The Grapes of Wrath (Tony Award winner).

The design team for The Seafarer includes:  Takeski Kata (sets), Janice Pytel (costumes), Daniel Ionazzi (lights) and Richard Woodbury (sound).  Christine D. Freeburg is the Stage Manager and Rose Marie Packer is the Assistant Stage Manager.