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  Rooming House at Steppenwolf Theatre

Rooming House

Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted Chicago

Rooming House begins with an intimate conversation among friends, slipping easily between Spanish and English, as they recall stories of people who've taken actions with potentially devastating costs. When the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is mentioned, varied interpretations propel the group into a physically and psychologically complex game of whodunit, taking them down a rabbit hole into the lives of everyday people who do extraordinary things-from life endangering rescues, to defecting from Cuba, to letting go of someone you love.

Thru - Nov 18, 2017

Price: $30

Stage: 1700 Theatre

Show Type: Dance

Box Office: 312-335-1650

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  Rooming House Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...I've long been compelled by the intersection of dance and story and "Rooming House" is one of those pieces that, in tandem with much of the recent work at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, gives dancers individual voice and helps you, the audience member, get to know them better. That empowerment is one of the most inspiring trends in this art form. In this piece, co-created by Julia Rhoads and Leslie Buxbaum Danzig, the focus is on the making of big decisions that change your life. The artists want to draw a line between, say, Orpheus wanting to rescue his Eurydice and a dancer breaking up with her boyfriend or moving to another city."
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Chris Jones

NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Like the repartee, the dancing is brisk and dazzles with its seeming ease, patterns and formations suddenly emerging from the action and just as rapidly dissolving. The ensemble explores the potato-sack-race-like ambulation of a purposely awkward partnering with as much gusto as it does the fleet suspensions, particularly when the marvelously buoyant Michel Rodriguez Cintra leaps implausibly near the low trusses of the stage to be caught by his companions, an arc of action frozen for our perusal."
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Irene Hsiao

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Recommended

"...The golden thread of Rooming House is the relationship between the six characters; they are all dancers, and actors playing roles, and dancers playing themselves, all interwoven with movement and music. These six people listen to each other, support each other, question each other and themselves, follow each other's lead, and use play to explore the motivations behind the often-unseen acts of bravery that help us all survive. It's a positive testament to the power of support and cooperation, but also just a darn good dance show."
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Sheri and Josh Flanders

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