Venue Details

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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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98 events
95 reviews
31 stars
Steppenwolf does not use microphones and it is often difficult to hear the actors.
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9 events
4 reviews
73 stars
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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Reviews & Ratings

"The Wheel"
19 ratings
3.6 average rating
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81 events
73 reviews
15 stars
attended Oct 13 2013

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

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Moeknowes Red Velvet
120 events
14 reviews
8 stars
attended Oct 03 2013

Acting great, good staging, writing needs more work.

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29 events
11 reviews
10 stars
attended Oct 31 2013

experience was fine, play was awful.

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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.