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Motortown

Steep Theatre
1115 West Berwyn Avenue Chicago

Danny returns to the U.K. from a tour in Basra, determined to win back the love of his girlfriend. But what greets him on his homecoming batters Danny's already fragile psyche and sends him on a downward spiral towards violence and despair. Is there no hope for his redemption?

Thru - Nov 23, 2013



Price: $20-$22

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 866-811-4111

Running Time: 1hr, 30mins

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  Motortown Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Steep Theatre is a Chicago company increasingly known for its uncompromising acting, and Lord knows this particular production, directed by Robin Witt, more than enhances that reputation. It also has been the main Chicago home for Stephens. Also the author of "Harper Regan," "Punk Rock" and "Pornography" and similarly popular at Griffin Theatre, he was produced often in Chicago far earlier than in New York, where his plays are just now beginning to make inroads. He is a phenomenally talented writer, a formative risk-taker unstinting in theme as well as compassionate, warm and kind."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Sun Times - Somewhat Recommended

"..."Motortown" is a pitch-black, profoundly disturbing horror show. And the cast at Steep Theatre, under the razorlike direction of Robin Witt, acts the stuffing out of it. But lurking just behind that visceral impact is yet another question, and a troubling one: Isn't there something just a bit too sensational, too exploitative, even subtly pornographic, about it all? Or is that precisely the point?"
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Hedy Weiss


Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Joel Reitsma is radioactive as Danny, a mentally unstable British soldier returning home from his tour of duty. His problems seem to run deeper than PTSD, though, when a harsh breakup sets him on a gruesome quest to regain some sense of power. Under Robin Witt's unflinching direction, Danny's violence speaks in the harsh eloquence of tragedy."
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Keith Griffith


Centerstage - Somewhat Recommended

"...Still, there’s a raw emotion to the piece that the cast taps effectively. Reitsma does a tremendous job of making his character both terrifying and sympathetic, even likable at times. Ultimately, despite some flaws, this is an effective drama."

Rory Leahy


Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...Reitsma's performance is impeccably controlled, simultaneously both mesmerizing and repellent. You don't want to take your eyes away from him, but you're afraid of what you'll see if you don't. It's a remarkable achievement, one that's matched by much of the supporting cast he encounters in Stephens's succession of two- and three-actor scenes."
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Kris Vire


Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...If there's something vaguely clinical about "Motortown," its unblinking honesty sends you away deeply impressed and reflective. Within the battered heart of this erstwhile soldier, a residue of human kindness abides, a mutation of love."
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Lawrence B. Johnson


ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...Motortown is a weirdly intoxicating drama that will upset some and get others to wonder why it was written and why Steep Theatre chose to mount it? It is quite in the spirit of Brecht with psychological and homoerotic undertones. It sure dramatizes how war can either bring out or enhance the madness in a soldier. You'll be moved and disturbed by Motortown. Be warned, it is only for tough theatre patrons."
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Tom Williams


   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.
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