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Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
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Cab fare from the Steppenwolf to Union Station was $9.40 when I took it.
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If you need a cab after the performance just tell one of the staff members. They have a cabbie light right outside the main doors that they will activate for you. As soon as the cabs see that light go on they will pull up right to the curb and pick you up.
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3 stars
attended Mar 04 2011

Great modern day play. Gen X'rs would really enjoy. Our seats thru Goldstar were mid theater and center. I don't think there would be a bad seat in the house. Steppenwolf has great productions. The only downside was the girl character seemed...continued

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attended Mar 05 2011

Enjoyed this production and thought the dialog was very good (however does the f word have to be used so many times)? Also I thought the sets were great. Would highly recommend.

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attended Feb 19 2011

Overall we enjoyed the play, the actors did a good job and were true to character. The storyline was fairly predictable and as a result there were times when I felt disengaged from the performance. The characters were almost stereotypical, the...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“Laura Eason’s smart and riveting Sex with Strangers … is the best drama I’ve seen about the seismic changes in the arts-media landscape…. it is a visceral, probing, deeply honest play…. Don’t miss it. ” —Chicago Tribune
“Honest and alluring… wonderfully ambivalence-fueled… Eason raises many delicious questions about giving in to the instant feedback and gratification of the Internet, about May-December romances, about men and women and money, and about how writers use the people in their real lives.” —Chicago Sun-Times _ _


Sex with Strangers

by Laura Eason

Directed by associate artist Jessica Thebus

Featuring ensemble member Sally Murphy with Stephen Louis Grush

Ethan is a hot young writer whose online journals of “sexcapades” are the buzz of the blogosphere. Olivia is an attractive 30-something whose own writing career never took off. They hook up, sex turns into dating and dating into something more complicated. A break-out hit at Steppenwolf’s 2009 First Look Repertory, Sex with Strangers explores what happens when our online and offline identities intersect.

Laura Eason, a longtime member of the Lookingglass Theatre ensemble, is the author of more than 15 plays, both original works and adaptations.  Previous productions at Steppenwolf include When the Messenger is Hot, A Tale of Two Cities and Huck FinnJessica Thebus directed Sex with Strangers during Steppenwolf’s 2009 First Look Repertory of New Work. Other Steppenwolf directing credits include Intimate ApparelDead Man’s Cell PhoneNo Place Like HomeWhen the Messenger is Hot (also 59E59 Theaters, NYC) and Sonia Flew

About the Ticket Supplier: Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an internationally-renowned company of thirty-five artists whose talents include acting, directing, playwriting, filmmaking, and textual adaptation. Steppenwolf has redefined the landscape of acting and performance by spawning a generation of America’s most gifted artists, including Joan Allen, John Mahoney, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Plimpton and Gary Sinise. No other American theater ensemble has survived as long and thrived as much as the Steppenwolf company of artists, who return home to Chicago to do the work they love.