High-Wire Act

Sitting in the "yawning abyss," the Steppenwolf audience stays nonetheless alert throughout The Berlin Circle. They'd better. Many are directly under a rope bridge, where soldiers, nervous about falling and needing to defecate, chase two women from one side of the auditorium to the other.

Set in 1989 East Germany as the Wall tumbles, Tina Landau's production of Charles L. Mee's cartoon collage explodes above and around the house. Bound by the story of two women who protect an infant a

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