Venue Details

Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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3.7 / 5 Rated by 14 members
Review from Jim Heneghan
Red Velvet 43 events 20 reviews

I found this play bittersweet and poignant. It is not a comic drama but a play about philosophical life choices and how they impact not just our lives but our personal sense of self. It is a profound play about life, relationships, trust,...continued

reviewed Jul 10 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Andrea L
212 events 104 reviews

This play missed its mark...something did not make it quite hold together. Michael/Mikey was pretty good; the father was too caricatured in presentation...he didn't let the words speak for themselves but felt he had to ham it up. Mother was...continued

reviewed Aug 23 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
36 events 31 reviews

Many folks who attended the post show discussion liked this show a lot. We were not among them. I realized more than ever that so much depends on what you bring into the theater to begin with. I simply could not identify with the man who wanted...continued

reviewed Jul 05 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Rita Rhodes
52 events 26 reviews

The plot line of this story is at times a little dark, but interesting and also offset by some witty dialog. The acting is stellar, and the stage set is awesome - very detailed. The time flew by and left me wanting more.

reviewed Aug 21 2009 report as inappropriate
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Written by Bridget Carpenter

Directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro

Featuring ensemble members Ian Barford and Martha Lavey with Rachel Brosnahan, Jake Cohen, Tony Hernandez and Lauren Katz

Bridget Carpenter is an award-winning playwright whose works have been produced at theaters across the country including Arena Stage, Lincoln Center and the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Anna D. Shapiro won a 2008 Tony® Award for her direction of Steppenwolf’s critically-acclaimed play August: Osage County, which transferred to Broadway and London after a sold-out run in Chicago.

The design team for Up includes: Dan Ostling (sets), Mara Blumenfeld (costumes), Ann G. Wrightson (lights) Richard Woodbury (sound) and David Singer (composition). Laura D. Glenn is the Stage Manager and Deb Styer is the Assistant Stage Manager.

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