Venue Details

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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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95 reviews
31 stars
Steppenwolf does not use microphones and it is often difficult to hear the actors.
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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

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3.7 average rating
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43 events
19 reviews
4 stars
attended Jul 10 2009

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

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31 reviews
36 stars
attended Jul 05 2009

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

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5 reviews
0 stars
attended Jul 21 2009

acting was excellent but I disliked the play

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More Information


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.