Naked Eye Theatre


Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre

1650 N. Halsted

tickets 312-335-1650

by Joan Holden

directed by Jeremy B Cohen

A New York Times Best Seller, the book has been translated into 10 languages across the globe. Joan Holden’s stage adaptation won Best Adaptation of 2002 from The LA Times, and previous productions of this play have garnered Best Show of the Year from LA Weekly, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The LA Times. Additionally, in 2002 and 2003 the play has been featured in articles ranging from Time Magazine to The New York Times Magazine.

Joan Holden based the play on Barbara Ehrenreich's book, "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America," in which journalist Ehrenreich shows how our middle-class lives are subsidized by the working poor. Ehrenreich went undercover for one month in three different cities to earn her board and food as a low-end worker. She experienced hands-on what millions of minimum and sub-minimum wage workers already know: it is simply not possible to feed and house yourself on $5.15 an hour, or even on $7.25 an hour. A self-conscious charm pervades Nickel and Dimed -- the play is funny and poignant, and I can guarantee that once you've seen it, you will view the working poor with new respect

Nickel and Dimed is a must-see for anyone who enjoys good theater and who cares about people. If one were to sum up the play in a word, it would have to be "options". It is a gripping study of how important that simple ability for choices can be, and how many who take options for granted have no idea of what life is like when there aren't any. There's a fine balance between moralizing and drama in a play of social criticism, and this play successfully leavens its message with humor and engaging will take you on an amazing, invigorating journey that you'll be talking about for a long time after.