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★★★½ "Detroit might be America's Motor City, but the 'Motortown' of Simon Stephens' bleak, searing, deeply disturbing play of the same name is Dagenham, a working-class London exurb, famous for being the British home of the Ford Motor Co. More recently, the postindustrial Dagenham, dangling just beyond the string of the cultural and economic pearls of London, has been fertile recruiting ground for the British military, especially when it was looking for volunteers to go to Iraq. Steep Theatre is a Chicago company increasingly known for its uncompromising acting, and Lord knows this particular production, directed by Robin Witt, more than enhances that reputation. You should be warned — I really mean it here — that there are scenes in 'Motortown' that are very difficult to watch, especially in a theater of this size, including the physical abuse of a teenage girl (played, with remarkable courage, by Ashleigh LaThrop), and staged so vividly here that plenty of people in the house were either squirming in their seats or averting their gaze. " - Chris Jones