Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ADULT NIGHT OUT: Mary Page Marlowe at Steppenwolf

Chi, IL Live Shows On Our Radar:
Mary Page Marlowe
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Killer Joe, Superior Donuts and August: Osage County. Extended by popular demand through June 5. 

"Intensely thoughtful…the work has depth and an elegant potency"
– Variety 

"A captivating portrait of an ordinary life" 
– TimeOut Chicago 


Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows, we've been so booked with reviews and our own rehearsals we have still not caught Mary Page Marlowe yet. This production is high on our must see list and we're hoping to get over to Steppenwolf this week to review. 

We're eager to see Blair Brown and Carrie Coon in action and one of the cast's youngest, Caroline Heffernan. She was a gymnastics team mate of my daughter's for years and it's been a joy to see her masterful portrayals at Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Gift theatre.

"Deeply moving…intoxicatingly thrilling. Four Stars (out of four)"
– Chicago Tribune 

“Exquisite new play… beautiful and affecting…about the evolutions, reversals and resurrections in a woman’s life” 
– The New York Times 

Mary Page Marlowe is an accountant from Ohio. She’s led an ordinary life, making the difficult decisions we all face as we try to figure out who we really are and what we really want. As Tracy Letts brings us moments—both pivotal and mundane—from Mary’s life, a portrait of a surprisingly complicated woman emerges. Intimate and moving, Mary Page Marlowe shows us how circumstance, impulse and time can combine to make us mysteries… even to ourselves.
Get up close: see the actors and experience the drama in the most intimate and exciting way possible. Steppenwolf’s newly added Pit Seats will bring you as close as you can get to the stage—at only $30/seat. 

"Artfully crafted…luminous performances" 
– Daily Herald 

“It’s the most purely beautiful play that Mr. Letts has given us, and its subtleties will linger in your mind long after you leave the theater” 
– Wall Street Journal 

THE ARTISTS
Author: ensemble member Tracy Letts
Directed by: ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro
Scenic Design: Todd Rosenthal
Costume Design: Linda Roethke
Lighting Design: Marcus Doshi
Original Music: Diana Lawrence
Sound Design: Richard Woodbury
Stage Manager: Malcolm Ewen
Assistant Stage Manager: Brian Maschka
Dramaturg: Edward Sobel
Projection Design: Sven Ortel Wig and Hair Design: Penny Lane Studios Voice and Text Coach: Gigi Buffington Artistic Producer: Jonathan Berry Casting: Jessamyn Fuller Assistant to the Projection Designer: Yeaji Kim Programmer: Joseph A. Burke

THE CAST
Blair Brown
Stephen Cefalu, Jr.
Carrie Coon
Amanda Drinkall
Jack Edwards
Laura T. Fisher
Kirsten Fitzgerald
Tess Frazer
Keith D. Gallagher
Caroline Heffernan
Sandra Marquez
Annie Munch
Rebecca Spence
Ariana Venturi
Madeline Weinstein
Gary Wilmes

FEATURED ENSEMBLE MEMBERS
Ian Barford
Alan Wilder



1 hour and 25 minutes, no intermission

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Major support for Steppenwolf’s New Play Development Initiative is provided by The Davee Foundation and the Zell Family Foundation.

ASL interpretation: Sunday, May 8 at 7:30pm
Open-captioned: Saturday, May 7 at 3pm
Audio-described: Sunday, May 22 at 3pm
Audio-described and touch tour: Sunday, May 29 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm

Click here to purchase tickets and for further show information.

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