Wastwater | Steep Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 13 2016
Price: $10-$35
Simon Stephens's intimate, hyperrealistic play is a study in quiet desperation. Set in the sketchy area that environs London's Heathrow Airport—a section always on the verge of being demolished for runway expansion—the show concerns a handful of sad nobodies as expendable as the world they inhabit. Though present in three tightly written but frustrating and ambiguous two-person scenes, the audience never really gets to know them. That is, of course, the point, sufficiently made clear by director Robin Witt and her finely tuned ensemble; Caroline Neff is particularly strong as a thuggish human trafficker. This is not for people who like their theater big and loud—this troubling play aims to do no more than expose fear in a handful of dust. —Jack Helbig
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