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Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a Chicago theatre company founded in 1974 by Terry Kinney, Jeff Perry, and Gary Sinise in the Unitarian church on Half Day Road in Deerfield, Illinois and is now located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood on Halsted Street. Its name comes from the 1927 novel Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse which original member Rick Argosh was reading during the company's inaugural production, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, in January 1974.
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  • We attended a performance of "Frankenstein" and totally enjoyed it. The theater is in the round and being small, there isn't a bad seat in the house. The theater is located in a historic building...  more »
  • We had been there once before and wanted to take our son to see a play here. We saw True West in London's West End decades ago, and so when it came to the Steppenwolf we set up a rendezvous weekend...  more »
  • An avid theater-goer, this is one of my favorite stomping grounds. And I'm literally about an hour away. Still, so worth the trip. They consistently bring to life the most thought-provoking, if not entertaining, productions. The scripts (and they are diverse, rich & unfailing discerning about putting on the work of the FINEST & complex playwrights, both new & old) are compelling, colorful narratives---thankfully, placed into the hands of some of the top actors in our fine city, so nary do they have a miss. I can't wait to continue to see what they do next. And yes, sadly, I will once again sit in HORRIBLE traffic to get there, just the cost of heading to the North side of the city where, fortunately, MAGIC awaits me. Yes, often enough it's such a hassle to get around to the north side of the city from the south 'suburbs that I get distressed on the drives.... but afterward, there's never any residual thought in my mind that it might not be worth it. Just know... of course it is! Open yourself up, make that effort (if FAR like me), you will not be disappointed. oh and Yes, culture matters! I tell everyone as often as I can & it's true (probably coining Chris Jones!).....Chicago literally has the BEST small storefront theater scene than in all the country (well OK....this isn't "storefront" but be very aware, those are often hidden gems, as well). Don't miss out!! Your mind can & is often transformed by GREAT theater if you allow yourself to experience it ---often & FULLY!
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to the theatre. Although, I did not have a ticket for a sold out event, I was able to get a seat last minute on standby. I would have been content to have drinks in the bar/cafe, even if I hadn't been able to get into the show! Staff is awesome here and the space is so comfortable and welcoming. I will definitely be returning soon.

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