‘Describe the Night’ review: Storyline traverses time and place, truth and fiction, weaving a surreal tapestry

Glenn Davis (left) and Yasen Peyankov star in Steppenwolf Theatre’s Chicago premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s “Describe The Night,” directed by Austin Pendleton.

Michael Brosilow

The last time Steppenwolf Theater presented a play by ensemble member Rajiv Joseph, it was the world premiere of the light and breezy “King James,” a small story about two basketball-loving bros who bond over LeBron.

Now the company is staging Joseph’s “Describe the Night,” first produced in New York in 2017. Suggesting that the plays are different is a laughable understatement.  

“Describe the Night” is a dense, epic-sized work about the clashes among truth, art and power. It’s a fanciful mishmash of history, mythmaking, conspiracy theories, artful fiction and propaganda, told with a stylized mix of earnestness and humor.

But despite the immediacy of its themes — how fact becomes fiction and vice versa — the play feels oddly dusty.

‘Describe the Night’

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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