Venue Details

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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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53 events
31 reviews
5 stars
Parking costs $10 or $12, depending on the day. No elevator in the garage. Street parking is scarce, and since there's no intermission, you can't go out & pay for more time.
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53 events
31 reviews
5 stars
This is a one act play, lasting one hour & 45 minutes. You can take a drink into the theatre.
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Reviews & Ratings

"The Wheel"
19 ratings
3.6 average rating
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61 events
55 reviews
9 stars
attended Oct 13 2013

Great cast (deserves 5 stars), but the play itself was a disappointment.

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Moeknowesnada Red Velvet
103 events
13 reviews
0 stars
attended Oct 03 2013

Acting great, good staging, writing needs more work.

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25 events
1 review
3 stars
attended Oct 26 2013

A fine theater experience enhanced by "talk back" session that followed.

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Quotes & Highlights

“… you could actually see the part of Beatriz, a role with some commonalities with Mother Courage, kicking Allen, whose chops truly are formidable, in the head. Repeatedly. In real time. It felt to me like all of that amazing early stage work in Chicago was all coming back to her, slowly, partially, in stages, a wheeling series of revelations that totally matched the rolling, rolling through the years notions of the actual play in which she is starring. Real-time reason enough, dear reader, to buy a ticket. You may see me there again.”  —Chicago Tribune


Directed by Ensemble Member Tina Landau

This production uses flashing lights, theatrical haze, loud sound effects, and live and recorded gunshots.  There are strong images of war and violence.

Running time is 1 hour 45 minutes, with no intermission.

About the Ticket Supplier: Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an internationally-renowned company of thirty-five artists whose talents include acting, directing, playwriting, filmmaking, and textual adaptation. Steppenwolf has redefined the landscape of acting and performance by spawning a generation of America’s most gifted artists, including Joan Allen, John Mahoney, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Plimpton and Gary Sinise. No other American theater ensemble has survived as long and thrived as much as the Steppenwolf company of artists, who return home to Chicago to do the work they love.