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Theatre Wed Jul 22 2009

Steppenwolf Theatre Gives Audiences a First Look

The 5th Annual First Look Repertory of New Work begins tonight at Steppenwolf Theatre. The theatre is committed to finding new plays for American Theatre, and this event helps showcase three productions in rotating repertory from July 22 to August 9. The repertory consists of: Honest, Sex with Strangers, and Ski Dubai. The first of the three plays premiering tonight, Honest, written by ensemble member Eric Simonson, tells the story of Guy, a best-selling memoir author who comes face-to-face with a prying reporter keen on uncovering a scandal. The argument between these two characters about truth and creative license leads to some interesting revelations about both their lives.

Sex with Strangers, showing tomorrow night July 23, is a romance for the blogosphere. Ethan, a young scenester who documents his sexual encounters in an online journal, hooks up with Olivia, a writer whose career has come to a screeching halt. Their relationship develops from purely sexual to something more, but their internet lives may interfere with their newfound bond.

The final play, showing on Friday July 24, is Ski Dubai. The play documents the story of Rachel, an environmentalist who moves to Dubai to live on a man-made island. While trying to maintain her "green" morals, she deals with numerous internationals traveling through as they face loneliness in this capitalist and fast paced modern city.

All three plays will be showcased in the Garage Theatre, and will switch nightly except on weekends when all three will play on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for each show are $20. Steppenwolf Theatre 1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614 312-335-1650.

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