PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, June 28-July 4: Kelli O'Hara Will "Whistle A Happy Tune" in The King and I

By Robert Simonson
04 Jul 2014

Kate Arrington in rehearsal
Photo by Joel Moorman

The show was originally produced Off-Broadway before transferring to Broadway's Henry Miller Theatre, where it ran for 965 performances from 2001-2004. It was nominated for ten Tony Awards and won for Best Book, Best Score and Best Direction.


In Chicago, playwright Bruce Norris has his latest premiere. Steppenwolf Theatre Company's world-premiere production of The Qualms began previews July 3 prior to an official opening July 13.

Pam MacKinnon directs a cast of nine featuring ensemble member Kate Arrington, Owais Ahmed, Karen Aldridge, Diane Davis, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Keith Kupferer, David Pasquesi, Paul Oakley Stovall and Greg Stuhr.

As the plot description goes, "At a beachside apartment complex, a group of friends gathers for their regular evening of food, drink, drugs and partner-swapping. When Chris and Kristy attempt to become the newest members, the evening does not go as planned." Sounds pretty swinging.

The comedy marks Steppenwolf's eighth production and seventh world premiere by the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning author of Clybourne Park.