Saturday, April 14, 2007

Steppenwolf Theatre

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted Street Chicago IL 60614
(312) 335-1650

Tony's friend Ilias called last week and asked if we wanted tickets to a performance at the Steppenwolf Theatre. He had a friend that couldn't go for some reason and he couldn't use them either (he does a lot of math-related tutoring -- you ever need a math tutor, you want Ilias). So we said "Sure, why not?" even though we didn't actually know which performance it would be for (there were 3 going on Saturday night: Betrayal by Harold Pinter, The Sparrow, and The Diary of Anne Frank).

Turns out it was for the Pinter production -- Betrayal -- a play about infidelity, honesty, passion, and, I suppose, trust. Considering the topic and the playwright, it had a surprising amount of levity in it. Altogether an excellent performance.

The theatre itself is also nice. We were in the upstairs theatre. It isn't huge, but it is a nice size. I doubt if there is a bad seat in it. I imagine the other theatres were the same way based on comments I overheard.

STEPPENWOLF THEATRE COMPANY IS A Chicago-based international performing arts institution committed to ensemble collaboration and artistic risk through its work with its permanent ensemble, guest artists, partner institutions and the community. Steppenwolf has redefined the landscape of acting and performance by spawning a generation of America's most gifted artists. Founded in 1976 as an ensemble of nine actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an internationally renowned company of forty-one artists whose talents include acting, directing, playwriting, filmmaking, and textual adaptation. No other American theater ensemble has survived as long and thrived as much as the Steppenwolf company of artists.
Steppenwolf has quite a few famous alumni, including John Malkovich, Joan Allen, and Gary Sinise.

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