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.
"The Birthday Party"★ ★ ★
Location: Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, (312) 335-1650, steppenwolf.org
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, 3 p.m. Sunday; through April 28
Parking: Metered street parking and a pay garage.
Rating: For adults; features suggestive language and sophisticated themes