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posted: 2/8/2013 6:00 AM

Steppenwolf presents powerful but disjointed 'Party'

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  • Petey (John Mahoney) embraces his wife, Meg (Moira Harris) in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of "The Birthday Party" by Harold Pinter, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton.

    Petey (John Mahoney) embraces his wife, Meg (Moira Harris) in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of "The Birthday Party" by Harold Pinter, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton.

  • Meg (Moira Harris) sings for Stanley (Ian Barford) on his birthday in Steppenwolf Theatre's production of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party."

    Meg (Moira Harris) sings for Stanley (Ian Barford) on his birthday in Steppenwolf Theatre's production of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party."

 
 

Unlike the Super Bowl, when the lights go out in "The Birthday Party," the play goes on. And if you think that makes it tough to tell what exactly is happening in Harold Pinter's deliberately disjointed drama, it doesn't get much easier in the full bright lights of the new center-placed stage at Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre.

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