The juggernaut that’s home to maybe the world’s most famous acting ensemble (paging Gary Sinise, John Mahoney, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Plimpton, William Petersen…) is probably what most people outside Chicago think of when they hear “Chicago theater.” From famous basement origins has risen a major institution where three venues house a lineup of new and classic plays and, in the new 1700 Theatre, more eclectic performance. After spending much of its life as a rather homogeneous unit—until 2007, there was only one person of color among the dozens of ensemble members—Steppenwolf has taken positive steps over the last decade toward diversifying both its people and its plays.
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The central character of Tracy Letts’s latest is a 50ish dude at the tail end of a long, tough divorce. We meet Wheeler (Ian Barford) at the top of the show as he’s moving into his own new apartment after living for some time in his soon-to-be-ex-wife’s...Drama Until Sunday May 21 2017
La Havana Madrid
Back in the 1960s and ’70s, when Lakeview was a Latino neighborhood, La Havana Madrid was its beating heart. That’s how the long-lost nightclub is presented in actor-writer Sandra Delgado’s enchanting new play-with-music at Teatro Vista, anyway, and we’re...Drama Thursday April 27 2017 - Sunday May 21 2017
A six-time Tony Award winner and the only performer to win in all four acting categories, Audra McDonald comes to Steppenwolf for one night only as part of the LookOut performance series. She’ll be accompanied by Broadway gadfly Seth Rudetsky; expect...Cabaret and standards Monday May 22 2017
In this street-corner riff on Waiting for Godot by rising playwright Antoinette Nwandu, a recipient of the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the routine of two young black men standing on the corner, shooting the shit and waiting for change, is interrupted...Drama Thursday June 1 2017 - Sunday July 9 2017
Playwright and performance artist Taylor Mac’s 2015 play follows Isaac, a PTSD-stricken soldier who returns home from Afghanistan to find his younger sister has come out as his transgender brother, Max, and their mother, Paige, is reveling in her newfound...Drama Thursday June 29 2017 - Sunday August 20 2017
Commissioned by Steppenwolf for Young Adults and in conversation with its fall 2017 production of The Crucible, Philip Dawkins’s new play uses a high school production of the Arthur Miller work as the center of its plot about online bullying among st...Children's Saturday February 17 2018 - Saturday March 3 2018
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Steppenwolf is one of my favorite places to see a play! i love that they added in the beautiful front bar and i would go get a drink there even if i wasn't seeing a show! i feel like every seat in the theater is a good seat and i can't wait to get back there!
When it comes to theater in Chicago, Steppenwolf is the bee's knees. It's been home to Pulitzer Prize winning plays, and often puts shows up before they move onto New York for Broadway infamy. Any show you see there is probably going to be a winner, and if you're a theater aficionado, you're going to want to pay close attention to its lineup year round.