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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 27 2014

Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth starts with 21-year-old Dennis Ziegler hanging out in his studio apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side, watching TV. (Since the year is 1982, it's a big, freestanding cube of a set—the kind with vacuum tubes inside.) The stage directions say he's got an "old black-and-white movie" on, but they're not specific about which one. If you're sitting in the right (i.e., south) section of Steppenwolf Theatre's upstairs space, though, you can glimpse Boris Karloff on the screen. There's a fez on his head, and that can mean only one thing: that director Anna D. Shapiro decided Dennis should be watching the original 1932 version of The Mummy. It's an artful choice. The Mummy is about an ancient Egyptian priest, Imhotep, who comes back from the tomb after thousands of years, hoping to be reunited with his beloved, a princess called Ankh-es-en-amon. With a few modifications, that's what Lonergan's ugly/sweet 1996 two-act is about too. Continue reading >>

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