The Night Alive | Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 16 2014
Price: $20-$82
Tommy's life is a mess and so are his digs. He occupies what was probably once a garden room in the Dublin home of his old Uncle Maurice, who took over his upbringing when Tommy was a boy and is back at it now that Tommy's a middle-aged divorced man on the skids. As rendered by set designer Todd Rosenthal, Tommy's bit of the house is connected to the rest by French doors; it's got its own outdoor entrance, a bank of tall windows, and a little sink of the sort that you might imagine Maurice's dead wife, Maura, using to wash potting soil from her hands. I picture her setting coleus and geraniums along the window ledge. Well, the pots are gone now, assuming they were ever there. Tommy's most pawnable possession, a boom box, currently occupies the ledge. He pulls his clothes from a cardboard box, sleeps on a cot, piles dishes in the little sink, and has to feed a coin-operated meter to keep the electricity running. (He regularly games the meter, jamming in the same coin over and over again.) Continue reading >>
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