$25 off this Friday's 7:30 performance of Steppenwolf's Kafka on the Shore is quite a bargain, but you shouldn't need the excuse to catch this one.
Kafka on the Shore simultaneously tells the stories of a young boy coming of age and an old man trying to come to terms with his destiny. But make no mistake, you can't typecast these roles with Elijah Wood & Wilford Brimley. You can't set it to some cheesily bittersweet piano and strings. Nope...because Kafka on the Shore was written by the Japanese superstar of magical realism: Haruki Murakami.
Let's put it this way: Have you ever heard your cat speak English? If so, then you have a brother in Haruki Murakami, who in Kafka on the Shore, brings talking cats to the streets of Tokyo. Not like Garfield... real live cats. Speaking English. Can't beat that, unless you could listen in on a conversation between Colonel Sanders and Johnnie Walker (not the American terrorist). Oh wait... you can... because Kafka on the Shore has both!
You'll find this and more in Kafka on the Shore, but the real draw here is the world-renowned Steppenwolf Theater. If there is any theater company whose mastery of adaptation equals Murakami's mastery of magic, it is Steppenwolf. CSI and Forest Gump fans...your precious Gary Sinise got his start at Steppenwolf. And you there, in the Meeting John Malkovich hat, did you know Mr. Malkovich was wowing Chicago audiences at the Steppenwolf long before he surpassed Jesse Ventura as your favorite bald weird dude? That guy from The Wire that likes puzzles? Steppenwolf. Who is the next superstar waiting in the wings at Steppenwolf....very possibly one of the many amazing cast members who've pulled of the stunning adaptation of Murakami's masterpiece that is getting rave reviews city-wide.
The show is 2 hrs 15 minutes and has an intermission, which you'll be thankful for after downing one of Steppenwolf's famous 72 ounce MegaGlug sodas during the first act. Plus, after the performance, the smart people get to stay for a discussion with Steppenwolf artists....(smart because you can maybe get them to autograph your stomach, proceed to never wash it, & in a few years get a huge return on your investment when everybody wants to see your sweet stomach autograph). Anyhow, get your Groupon with a friend or two, and be there this Friday at nearly half-price. Or pay twice as much when you inevitably go to see it later because your friends see it first & then force you to see it. Your choice.