Theatre In Chicago      
Your Source For What's On Stage In Chicago 

   Quick Search
Search by date:

  Motortown at Steep Theatre


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

  Motortown Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

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."
Read Full Review

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?"
Read Full Review

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."
Read Full Review

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."
Read Full Review

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."
Read Full Review

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."
Read Full Review

Tom Williams

  Motortown Photo Gallery

   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 Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

Twitter Follow Us On Twitter