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  Life and Limb at Steppenwolf Theatre

Life and Limb

Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted Chicago

Wounded in Korea, Franklin returns home minus an arm and a future. With zero prospects for work and a faltering marriage, he struggles to regain his life. When he finally lands a job, Franklin finds himself working for a sadistic manufacturer of artificial limbs. Deadpan, cold-blooded and comic, Life and Limb is not your typical veteranís story.

Thru - Jun 24, 2012

Stage: The Steppenwolf Garage

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 312-335-1650

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ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"... This engrossing tale is a mixture of satire and realism that breaks conventional storytelling motifs. It part dark comedy and part absurdism with shallow underdeveloped characters do baffling things. The mixed focus hurts the production but Jurgen Hooper, Grace Rex and Chris Frosethís performance make the show tolerable. If only Reddinís writing wasnít so bizarre. But there is enough here to make for a night at the theatre."
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Tom Williams

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...Watching losers lose is a chumpís game, even if Reddin means to mock the American obsession to define yourself by what you own. But Campbellís realistic treatment never lets the mean-spirited overkill and the quirky characterizations seem gratuitous or heavy-handed. But, thanks to Hooperís solid Franklin (the playís reality principle) and Rexís clueless but loyal Effie, this bleak love story comes to a kind of (dismal) life. Audrey Francis has imperious fun as Effieís dour Rumanian confidante, and Chris Frosethís odious prosthetic entrepreneur is by-the-numbers nasty. Considering the small house and the fact that Reddin requires cigarettes in almost every scene, itís quite admirable that the actors mime smoking."

Lawrence Bommer

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