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  The Vandal at Steep Theatre

The Vandal

Steep Theatre
1115 West Berwyn Avenue Chicago

In The Vandal, a pair of lost souls come to find solace and companionship at a bus stop on a freezing night in Kingston, NY. Mr. Linklater's play is a startling and funny new work about how we carry on when we've lost the people we love.

Thru - Nov 8, 2014

Price: $10-$35

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 866-811-4111

Running Time: 1hr, 20mins

  The Vandal Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...What Linklater knows - and what this carefully crafted production conveys - is the knowledge that when our darkest truths come out, they usually do so in ways that we cannot anticipate and to people whom we might not even know that well. We're all stuck waiting for the same bus in the end."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...In Beckettian form, those truths come out of two people waiting for a bus, talking a whole lot of nothing and everything. The play itself errs in the ending's supernatural twist, but at least up to that point we're led by director Shade Murray, whose excellent eye for reality shines through these characters who munch potato chips, drink, and lament and celebrate that most overwhelming state of being: living."
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Chloe Riley

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...To say too much more would do a disservice to Hamish Linklater's narrative, elegantlly structured to reveal itself piece by piece before unveiling an unexpected twist. Suffice to say the boy, amid all his grandiose philosophizing about Cool Ranch Doritos "flavor dust," has something real to say about the agreed-upon fictions and lies we tell ourselves to get through the day. Shade Murray's clean, spare staging gives his three excellent actors (Gillmor and Miggins as father and son is a terrific bit of casting) an expansive slate on which to leave their emotional mark."
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Kris Vire

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...Director Shade Murray presents The Vandal simply and starkly, even abstractly, allowing Linklaterís sprightly dialogue to speak for itself. The scene is set with the noise of a real bus stopping and starting, courtesy of sound designer Rick Sims, but the bus shelter itself is represented by set designer Dan Strattonís collection of smooth white surfaces. Thus, Miggins and Thulin are left sitting on a white box rather than an actual bench. Itís an odd, but not ineffective setup. This Midwest premiere production, like Hamish Linklaterís play itself, is best when remaining within the realist mode. The Vandalís bizarre conclusion ruins an otherwise keenly observed drama."
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Barnaby Hughes

The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...THE VANDAL is a riveting enigma. It is almost an interactive experience as the audience, along with the characters, actively sift through all the tales to determine the truth. Linklaterís story of stories also has unexpected charm, humor and twists. The surprising moments made me mist up, laugh out and prickle all over."
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Katy Walsh

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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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