Parlour Song

A Midwest Premiere
By Jez Butterworth, directed by Robin Witt

Things are disappearing from Ned and Joy's quiet suburban home. Is it a case of marital subterfuge or is there something even more menacing lurking in the dark corners of their once happy home? This is the story of three ordinary people who find themselves suddenly in trouble—when unrealized dreams quickly become unwelcome, shattering nightmares.

March 2009

In the press

Jeff Recommended
  "Jez Butterworth's acid etching of midlife crisis in a cookie-cutter British suburb feels like a cross between a Pinterian comedy of menace and Mike Leigh's portraits ofordinary people enduring the dual burdens of mundane humiliation and existential dread...Robin Witt's deft staging stays on its toes, with fearless, vanity-free performances by the cast."
- Kerry Reid, Chicago Reader
"This very new play—the Chicago premiere is concurrent with its London premiere—is given a first-class production by Steep Theatre at its handsome new space in Andersonville. Alex Gillmor ( Dale ), Julia Siple ( Joy ) and Tim Curtis ( Ned ) are on top of the material and its rhythms under Robin Witt's customarily intelligent direction."
- Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times
"Steep's Chicago premiere features the kind of acting one expects from the company—smart and muscular without turning showy"
- Kris Vire, Timeout Chicago
"Steep Theatre Company has long been a beacon of intriguing, intimate works with fine actors pulling off some the best performances of their careers. Such is the case in their latest endeavor, the Midwest premiere of Jez Butterworth's Parlour Song."
- Michael J. Robbins, Showbiz Chicago

Artistic Team

Alex Gillmor
Julia Siple
Tim Curtis

Director: Robin Witt
Stage Manager: Jenna Stinson
Scenic Design: Marcus Stephens
Lighting Design: Sarah Hughey
Costume Design: Jessica Kuehnau
Sound Design: Steve Ptacek
Projection Design: Jim Poole
Props Manager: Jesse Gaffney
Dialect Coach: Clare Hane
Production Managers: Julia Siple
Assistant Director: Kelly O'Sullivan
Casting Director: Jonathan Edwards