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  Zurich at Steep Theatre


Steep Theatre
1115 West Berwyn Avenue Chicago

Forty floors up, behind the windows of a posh Swiss hotel, a man sings, a maid cleans, children run wild, a banker makes things difficult, and one elderly woman's fight against a corrupt world order changes everything. Or nothing. Disturbingly funny, Amelia Roper's Zürich dives below the surface of lives lived in the moments before.

Thru - Nov 10, 2018

Price: $27-$38

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-649-3186

  Zurich Reviews
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  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
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Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"..."Zurich" is not an easy show to pull off, especially since the conceit is that the audience is watching Jeffrey D. Kmiec's shrewdly built room through plate glass, as a Swiss crow might. But even though we're seeing different views at times, dramatic tension still has to rise if the piece is to grip as this talented writer clearly intended. To my mind, "Zurich" is not quite so much a comedy as it appears here."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...The biggest wit killer of all, though, is Akin's idea for punctuating transitions from scene to scene. Roper's stage directions specify a "bright white light" followed by a blackout; in a tragic misreading of the phrase "alienation device," Akin focuses that light (actually, an array of lights) directly into the audience members' eyes, like we're convicts discovered scrambling over a prison wall. "Don't laugh" the lights say—and, more importantly, "Don't learn. You're here to be punished." By the time we get to the final moments, which could be a deep, dark hoot in the manner of the final scenes from Dr. Strangelove, all is lost."
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Tony Adler

Windy City Times - Recommended

"...The play, in its Midwest premiere at Steep Theatre, is told in five scenes, none starring more than three people. Plot points and occasionally characters intertwine with previous, if not necessarily chronological moments within a similar sliver of time. Each scene unfolds a relationship between two usually unnamed people: man and woman, two siblings, mother and daughter. All five are tense, tightly told affairs, and a few involve weaponry."
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Liz Baudler

Chicago Theatre Review - Somewhat Recommended

"...Amelia Roper's play, told in five scenes, starts out strongly and with promise; but as the stories parade by, the procession becomes increasingly bland and less interesting. By the end of evening the play has only left theatergoers confused, irritated and unfulfilled. Devoid of very much humor, the episodes fail to entertain or enlighten. The ten characters feel flat and one-dimensional, causing the audience not to care much about them. It's only in reflecting about the play afterwards that audiences might find some semblance of what Ms. Roper was trying to say."
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Colin Douglas

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...Zurich by Amelia Roper at Steep Theatre is a tantalizing 105 minutes of tension, laced with some smart dialogue. Directed by Brad DeFabo Akin, the play's five scenes are so cleverly constructed and interrelated that they will keep you wondering until the end, which explains all."
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Nancy Bishop

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...The entire cast is excellent, as this writer and many expect of any Steep production. Here though, some of the actors inhabit characters drawn by Roper’s pen that are likely unlike anyone you have known before and they pull it off masterfully. One of the beauties of this script is in seamlessly mingling these totally quirky offbeat characters with everyday ones."
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