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A marriage unravels in Steppenwolf's 'Belleville'

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Kate Arrington and Cliff Chamberlain play young American marrieds living in Paris who don't know each other as well as they should in Amy Herzog's "Belleville," running through Aug. 25 at Steppenwolf Theatre.

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Alioune (Chris Boykin, right) reassures his wife Amina (Alana Arenas) about their seemingly erratic tenants Abby and Zack in Steppenwolf Theatre's Chicago area premiere of Amy Herzog's "Belleville."

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Life in Paris isn't what Abby (Kate Arrington) imagined in Steppenwolf Theatre's production of Amy Herzog's "Belleville," directed by Anne Kauffman.

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Abby (Kate Arrington) shares Christmas cookies with her landlord Alioune (Chris Boykin) in Steppenwolf Theatre's Chicago area premiere of "Belleville," Amy Herzog's drama about a couple whose seemingly idyllic life is slowly spiraling out of control.

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Almost from the beginning of "Belleville," Amy Herzog's domestic drama in its Chicago area premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre, stress fractures are apparent in the relationship between Abby and Zack. That there are secrets between them is evident early on, when Abby (Kate Arrington) returns to the couple's apartment on a mid-December afternoon to find her husband Zack (Cliff Chamberlain) watching Internet porn when he should be at work. It's the first of several disturbing secrets revealed over the course of this taut, sometimes unnerving and ultimately chilly examination of a marriage unraveling.
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    • Kate Arrington and Cliff Chamberlain play young American marrieds living in Paris who don't know each other as well as they should in Amy Herzog's “Belleville,” running through Aug. 25 at Steppenwolf Theatre.
    • Alioune (Chris Boykin, right) reassures his wife Amina (Alana Arenas) about their seemingly erratic tenants Abby and Zack in Steppenwolf Theatre’s Chicago area premiere of Amy Herzog’s “Belleville.”
    • Life in Paris isn’t what Abby (Kate Arrington) imagined in Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Amy Herzog’s “Belleville,” directed by Anne Kauffman.
    • Abby (Kate Arrington) shares Christmas cookies with her landlord Alioune (Chris Boykin) in Steppenwolf Theatre’s Chicago area premiere of “Belleville,” Amy Herzog’s drama about a couple whose seemingly idyllic life is slowly spiraling out of control.
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