Saturday, May 3, 2014

an evening at Steppenwolf

so Friday night we went to our second play of the week- at the Steppenwolf Theater - Russian Transport- playing in the upstairs theater- 

here is the synopsis from the brochure about the season- 

"A rowdy Russian family in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn is on a daily hustle to achieve the American Dream. When Uncle Boris arrives from the old country, his mysterious business ventures force the family to decide just how far they are willing to go to come out on top. A funny, passionate family drama that slyly transforms into a heart-pounding thriller, Russian Transport is a fascinating look at the contemporary American immigrant experience."

and here are some photos and information sheets- 

and the review-

as with many things we see - the actors were all fabulous- excellent performances by every ONE of them- skilled nuanced work in a play that needs a lot of nuances.  Not unlike last night's Our Class this play is distinguished by difficult moral and ethical decisions but while Our Class was about life and death and core questions of good and evil, this play was more about ethical dilemmas about money.  if we had seen them in reverse order this may have had much more impact on me, but since we did not, this seemed like much ado about a fairly simple issue.  How willing were each of the characters to participate in the exploitation of others for financial gain.  And in the end - some chose better than others.

in the simplest terms (which of course is never possible in real life) this was a question of - are you going to be a good person but a loser in this particular game of success or an evil person and a winner?

tonight the Joni Mitchell Tribute and concert - and next week - two more plays along with more catching up with friends... before we leave again - for our  60th birthday celebrations in France!

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