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April 25, 2016
Coming Soon to the Steppenwolf

Who doesn’t love a good play? But no one wants to get stuck eyeballing bad theatre. Chicago’s Steppenwolf has the quality control turned up to 11, so you’ll get lots of the former and precious little of the latter. As the iconic, 70s-launched theatre reveals its new artistic director, Anna D. Shapiro, we take a look at the expanded 2016-17 season.

Don’t miss the world premiere of Visiting Edna (15 Sep – 6 Nov) by Tony Award-winner David Rabe, a powerful play about cancer, love and family. In a scathing look at US corporate culture, Erika Sheffer’s The Fundamentals (10 Nov – 23 Dec) sees Yasen Peyankov directing Alana Arenas and Alan Wilder, a resourceful hotel housekeeper negotiating the thorny path into management.

The Christians (1 Dec – 5 Feb, 2017) by Lucas Hnath focuses on a megachurch pastor in modern America, while Straight White Men (2 Feb – 19 Mar, 2017) from writer-conceptualist Young Jean Lee is an ensemble piece about a widower and his sons gathering for a vacay celebration.

Tracy Letts’s anticipated comedy Linda Vista (30 Mar – 21 May) deals with a misanthropic, middle-aged man and his hilarious adventures after he moves out of his ex-wife’s garage. Taylor Mac's black comedy Hir (29 Jun – 20 Aug) and Antoinette Nwandu’s riff on Waiting for Godot – Pass Over (25 May – 2 Jul), in which the two confused protagonists are young black men, are also must-sees. Reserve early as seats always sell like hot cakes.

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