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Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre

  • Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre 1700 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL, 60614 United States (map)

The Better Half

With two special work-in-progress showings of Rink Life, Lucky Plush’s next full length production.

Nov. 2 - 17, 2019
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00pm
Mondays at 7:30pm

Sat Nov. 10 Double Header
    5pm Rink Life, followed by discussion
    8pm The Better Half

Sat Nov. 17 Double Header
    5pm Rink Life, followed by discussion
    8pm The Better Half

Single ticket to The Better Half $40
Double feature $60
Work-in-Progress showing of Rink Life $25

Early bird $25 (expires 10/3)
Previews $25
For $25 Industry tix, use code: LPINDUSTRY
For $30 seniors 62+ tix, use code: LPSENIOR
For $30 Active Military tix, use code: LPMILITARY
For $15 Student tix, use code: LPSTUDENT

The Better Half is a dance-theater spin on the noir thriller Gaslight, which departs from its source text to bring a contemporary relevance to relatable themes of claustrophobia, escapist tendencies, and resilience in domestic relationships. The Better Half is co-created by Lucky Plush’s Artistic Director Julia Rhoads and Collaborating Director Leslie Danzig. More about The Better Half.

In Rink Life, Lucky Plush brings its highly-integrated brand of dance theater into a communal space that nods to the visual aesthetics and social dynamics of 1970’s roller rink culture. Launching from a collision of plot points in several one-act plays, the script-turned-libretto is both spoken and sung by the ensemble, and builds upon fragments of everyday aural input—passing conversations, intimate exchanges, distant whispers, pop song ear-worms. These source inspirations come together in the delightful and moving world of Rink Life, where people navigate relationships, self-expression, and rejection in real-time.

Earlier Event: June 15
Door Kinetic Arts Festival 2018
Later Event: March 14
East Carolina University