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Bug at Steppenwolf

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Bug at Steppenwolf#1
Posted: 1/27/20 at 9:48am

If you are in Chicago or plan to visit next month you must check out David Cromer's production of Tracy Letts' Bug at Steppenwolf Theater. I saw it saturday night and it was unbelievable. It's amazing to think he wrote this after the oklahoma city bombing, and it's probably even more relevant now as conspiracy theories and fact are now almost completely blurred. Carrie Coon is giving what may be her best performance to date as Agnes (her monolouge in the second act is enthralling) and regional actor Namir Smallwood is sad and frighting as Peter. I would not be surprised if this production has a transfer in the future. 

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Posted: 1/27/20 at 10:39am

My friends and I are going on Feb. 19th. They are not regular theatre goers, but were really excited about seeing this. 

 

This is a Chicago Theatre Week production, if you want a discount. 

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Posted: 1/27/20 at 10:43am
I was there Saturday night also, but I was volunteer ushering one of their other shows.
The lobby was literally swarming (no pun intended) with patrons - largely on account of Bug.
One of the house managers told me that there were a lot of standby ticket holders for that performance.
Chris Jones in the Tribune mentioned awhile ago that it would be a hot ticket.
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Bug at Steppenwolf#4
Posted: 1/27/20 at 1:39pm
Hoping to see this on University Night, February 7th!
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Bug at Steppenwolf#5
Posted: 1/27/20 at 2:46pm

I'm set to go this Friday - very excited for it. I'm a huge Carrie Coon fan (and, naturally, a Letts fan), so I'm thrilled to hear such positive feedback.

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Bug at Steppenwolf#6
Posted: 1/27/20 at 2:59pm
flying to chicago just for this
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Posted: 1/27/20 at 3:25pm

I'll be there on the 16th.

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Posted: 1/27/20 at 3:44pm

I built a weekend trip to Chicago specifically around catching this production.

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Posted: 1/27/20 at 10:46pm

LarryD2 said: "I built a weekend trip to Chicago specifically around catching this production."

Same. Also looking forward to Graveyard Shift and Voice of Good Hope.

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Bug at Steppenwolf#10
Posted: 1/30/20 at 7:30pm
Bug is on Hottix 2/5 - 3/4.
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Posted: 2/2/20 at 11:05pm

I saw this two nights ago, and it's as good as everyone is saying it is. Namir Smallwood and Carrie Coon give such genuine, discomfiting performances. I've always thought of this play as a demented love story, and they play that angle with really profound subtlety. The set design is excellent, and the transitions are all handled really elegantly, in a way that doesn't at all remove you from the atmosphere of the show. At this point, I've seen every show Letts has written and while this will never be my favorite work of his, this production really takes the material to its highest possible level. Cromer killed it. 

Also: I'm not normally the sort to notice something like this, but the lighting in the second act in particular is the best lighting I've ever seen in any professional show, ever. 

My only complaint is that my sightline on the left side wasn't perfect. I saw most everything, but there's a dresser at the front of the stage that would occasionally block a subtle movement or something like that. Luckily, there was a mirror that ameliorated that problem to an extent (a really great design choice), but if you're considering going, I'd suggest you try and buy tickets in the middle section for the best possible sightline. 

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Posted: 2/3/20 at 11:32am

Just popping in to add another rave review. I intentionally went into the play as blind as possible in terms of plot and was blown away. It's not my favorite Letts work, but all five actors were just sensational. Smallwood and Coon let you understand just how each character ends up in this particular situation.

I agree with CoercedBull - I was also sitting on the house left and the dresser blocked the bed on set at times (we must have been sitting right by each other on Friday!)

It's a great night and such an intense show.

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Posted: 2/11/20 at 11:00pm
Finally got to seeing it tonight and enjoyed it so much. Cromer, Carrie, and Namir deserve all the praises. Hope this is eyeing a transfer.
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Bug at Steppenwolf#14
Posted: 2/11/20 at 11:06pm
I really hope this comes to New York. I LOVE the movie but have never seen a production.
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Bug at Steppenwolf#15
Posted: 2/12/20 at 8:19am
I found it interesting, but talk about gratuitous nudity...
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Posted: 2/13/20 at 7:11am

I will be seeing this in March.  Very excited.  Making a special trip back to Chicago.  Cromer is one of my favorite directors and I will go to his productions whenever I’m able.  Carrie Coon is an extra special bonus.