Leveling Up | Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through March 15 2014
Price: $20
If our theater is eager to reach the next generation—those gamers, texters, Snapchatters, and so on, who were raised in a world where the virtual often overshadows the actual—here's a place to start: produce smart, inquiry-based plays like this one. Deborah Zoe Laufer's Leveling Up raises questions about what it means to make choices in an increasingly disconnected, media-saturated world. Four friends hide out from real life in a basement room until expert gamer Ian lands a job operating drones for the NSA—and then real life intrudes all too specifically. It's a morality play, one that perhaps isn't as easily resolved as the ending might imply, but still, the questions here are imperative. Director Hallie Gordon keeps things swiftly paced, and the four young actors are uniformly strong, depicting Millennials who are, in fact, a lot more complicated than they're given credit for. —Suzanne Scanlon



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