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Caroline Neff and Zoe Perry

Caroline Neff and Zoe Perry

Michael Brosilow

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 8 2014
Price: $20-$78
Just about a year ago, Steppenwolf Theatre premiered Head of Passes, Tarell Alvin McCraney's grim American update on the story of Job, in which an elderly gulf-coast woman is subjected to loss after catastrophic loss. The current Steppenwolf show—Mona Mansour's acid satire The Way West—puts a fun-house twist on exactly the same conceit. Our Job this time is a California matron known only as Mom, who likes nothing better than to spin yarns and sing songs about the pluck of the pioneers who endured the hardships of the Conestoga trail, crossing deserts and mountains and other people's land to settle the American west. "We all came out, got put to the test," she rhapsodizes in her best salt-of-the-earth twang. Continue reading >>

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