A Different Kind of Party


Since I’ve come here, I have had the fortune of seeing many television stars on stage. Nathan Lane at Goodman, David Schwimmer at Lookingglass and Laurie Metcalf at Steppenwolf.

Tonight I got that thrill again at Steppenwolf. John Mahoney, Martin Crane of Frazier played a small but, pivotal role in Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” now playing at Steppenwolf.

Pinter can be described as a confusing playwright, at least he confuses his audiences. Critics first hated his work, but the actors love it. It allows them to be uninhabited. This was the perfect vehicle for this ensemble. Mahoney’s Petey provides the normalcy for this production. Talented character actress Moria Harris  charmed the audience as the naive Meg. Petey and Meg have invited Stanley to be part of their world. Ian Barford brilliantly brings life to the mad character. Stanley is the most complex character in the play he teeters between insanity and reality. He has chosen to take a holiday at the seaside resort. Everything is fine until Petey announces the arrival of two visitors. Steppenwolf vet Francis Guinan plays the charming Goldberg and McCann is played the versatile Marc Grapey. Grapey has had a very busy year since I’d seen him on stage at Goodman in Race and The Iceman Cometh. Grapey’s character seems to  be more of a predator than Goldberg. The fight scenes choreographed by Matt Hawkins adds to the drama of the play.

Austin Pendleton (A fellow Ohioan) does an excellent job of directing with this caliber of a cast, it’s a joy to watch.  If you’d like to join “the party”  find more info and purchase tickets at    http://www.steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/productions/index.aspx?id=564 or by calling 312-335-1650.




About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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