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  Slowgirl at Steppenwolf Theatre


Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted Chicago

In the wake of a harrowing accident at a house party in Massachusetts, a teenager flees to her uncle's isolated retreat in the Costa Rican jungle to await, or avoid, the repercussions. As the reclusive Sterling (Petersen) and his impulsive niece (Gray) get reacquainted over the course of a week, startling details about their pasts slowly unfold. Performed in the newly configured intimate Upstairs Theatre, Slowgirl is a compelling story about owning your past-and getting on with your life.

Thru - Sep 1, 2013

Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $20-$78

Stage: Upstairs Theatre

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-335-1650

Running Time: 1hr, 30mins

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  Slowgirl Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...This is hardly the most original idea in the dramatic universe, and "Slowgirl" reveals no huge surprises. But although conventionally structured, and a piece that simmers rather than boils throughout, it is an engaging, compassionate and well-written character study. And, as it unpacks itself, you'll likely find yourself touched by how well it charts the loving complexities of families. More interestingly yet, Pierce also touches on how terrible things can happen in our lives at different speeds."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Petersen suggests Sterling’s interior struggles with a wonderful sense of hard-won calm and understatement. The girlishly sexy Gray, sublimely watchable, is a young actress of remarkable talent and smarts. And the intriguing chemistry between these two masters of the intimate stage is delicious to observe."

Hedy Weiss

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...This isn't a police procedural, and so the question of who did and didn't do what is not as important as its effect on those forced to keep asking it. With solitude and meditation (even his sexual needs are met wordlessly), Sterling has acclimated to parrots on his porch, iguanas on his roof and the occasional venomous snake. Becky, by contrast, is a thoroughly socialized creature, anthropomorphizing the indigenous beasts as if they were Disneyland animatrons, and sharing her observations in bursts of verbosity designed to bury the truth under layers of persiflage. As she gradually becomes attuned to the spirituality her astigmatic uncle embraces, Sterling confronts the prospect of a disciple bent on joining him in his voluntary exile."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...Playwright Greg Pierce treats his characters with immense, gentle compassion, allowing their vulnerability to emerge subtly and in their own time. Aided by Randall Arney's nuanced but intense direction, Gray and Petersen are completely at home within Pierce's sometimes jarring, but highly naturalistic dialogue, capturing the nuances and hearts of each of these characters. Steppenwolf's Slowgirl is low-key and quirky, but highly engaging, making it hard not to empathize deeply with even the most flawed people."
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Paul Kubicki

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...Over the 90 minute one act played out in one week , the unique bond formed by a precocious teen and her middle aged uncle reaches into their souls as each face their realities allowing them to get on with their lives. William Petersen nicely lets Rae Gray command the stage as he patiently waits for her to get her daemons out before reacting. Gray effectively draws out the hidden memories form her uncle. These two play off one another exquisitely in a series of subtly powerful scenes with some dark humor throw in. As in life, many of us have guilt, regret and even shame from acts we have done in the past. How we react to our past and how we chose to either move on or continue to be trapped by those questionable past actions is dramatized most effectively by Petersen and Gray. You’d be hard pressed to see a fined acted two-hander than Slowgirl."
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Tom Williams

Chicago Now - Highly Recommended

"...SLOWGIRL is about guilt and regret. Two people react to their mistakes by running away. When they stop running and start relating, their need for someone to believe them is heartbreaking. SLOWGIRL is a slow-paced maze of humanity. Peterson and Gray take their time in telling their stories. The pace isn't suspense building theatrics. It's real life genuine."
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Katy Walsh

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...Slowgirl is thought-provoking and will prompt a conversation to last all the way home (as Steppenwolf's productions tend to do), whether you stay for the post-show discussion or not. Director and ensemble member Randall Arney has staged a well-paced conversation carried out with precision by Petersen and Gray. This is not a thriller or straight out comedy, but a more subtle and life-like look at two people and their pasts. I recommend it with certainty."

Darcy Rose Coussens

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended

"..."Slowgirl" entices the viewer with just a few basic tools-two actors, one set, an airtight 90 minutes of playing time, and realistic dialogue that never yields to the temptations of melodrama, sentimentality, or shock revelations. The story unfolds in a natural rhythm that holds the attention from first moment to last. It's one of those productions that the viewer can't imagine being done any differently, or any better."

Dan Zeff

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   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.

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