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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 18 members
Review from Chicagokel
Red Velvet 71 events 5 reviews


reviewed Dec 07 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Norm Sloan
690 events 68 reviews

Yet another Chicago production play by the man termed Ireland's leading playwright.Fine ensemble
acting,direction and physical production as expected.BUT do we need yet another with mainly (or all,as here) male cast drinking/drunk,gambling and...continued

reviewed Jan 06 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Patricia M.
27 events 17 reviews

As noted from other reviews, the seats were in the last row on the right hand side of the balcony, but it was still a good seat, since the balcony is only four rows deep. You don't get to see the whites of the actor's eyes, but you don't need...continued

reviewed Dec 31 2008 report as inappropriate
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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.

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