“Guards at the Taj” is not for the squeamish!

** Somewhat Recommended ** When I review a play, I usually cite my reasons for my recommendation: the writing, the cast/acting, the staging, the direction. I respect the actors’ ability to deliver the playwright’s words as well as the director’s vision in a way that moves me, but sometimes blood and violence overwhelms beauty. That is particularly true with “Guards at the Taj”. While I am in awe of the performances delivered by Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed, I just couldn’t watch parts of this play. Let me just say “Guards at the Taj” is not for the squeamish! 2 Spotlights

“Guards at the Taj” runs through July 22nd in the Upstairs Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago. Paid parking ($12 cash or card) is available in Steppenwolf’s garage at 1624 N. Halsted. Valet parking is also available ($14 cash).

Running time is 1 hour, 20 minutes, no intermission. Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 3:00 and 7:30 pm; Sunday at 3:00 pm. There is no performance on July 4th. Tickets range from $20-$94. FYI (312) 335-1650 or

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