Harper Regan | Steep Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Harper Regan Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays and Sundays. Continues through March 28 2010

This 2008 drama by British playwright Simon Stephens charts a middle-aged woman's journey toward self-understanding, triggered by the grief and guilt she feels following her father's death. Through her relationships with a series of men--her stay-at-home husband, her smug employer, a teenager she meets on a bridge, a drunk hunk who tries to pick her up in a pub, and an elderly lover she meets online--Harper finds the strength to face long-suppressed doubts and terrors. Though the play's plot twists are sometimes contrived, Stephens captures the complexity of family relationships in which intimacy and denial are intertwined. Directed by Robin Witt, Steep Theatre's American premiere features finely wrought ensemble acting, with especially compelling performances by Kendra Thulin as Harper and Melissa Riemer as her estranged mother. --Albert Williams

Price: $18

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