Venue Details

Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
Website Get directions
4.0 / 5 Rated by 61 members
Review from WindyDavy
Red Velvet 337 events 83 reviews

Sat in 6th row on the center-left aisle. Some reviewers complained of difficulty understanding the woman but thought it was because they were in the back. Nope. She was equally hard to understand in my section. I wondered if the director sat in...continued

reviewed May 10 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Andrea L
212 events 104 reviews

I couldn't wait for intermission to leave.

1. You have to feel some empathy for the characters in order to get involved in any kind of literature. Didn't give a rat's a.. for either one of them;

2. Self-involved and puerile: who cares...continued

reviewed Mar 06 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Dave Schanding
47 events 38 reviews

Interesting story line. Young man developed blog and later book and movie about his exploits of picking up women at bars (sex with strangers). Falls in love with a more straight-laced woman and seeks to update his image from playboy to serious ...continued

reviewed May 04 2011 report as inappropriate
View All 42 Reviews
More Information

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

More to Explore

Barry Manilow <em>The Big Sexy Show</em> <em>My Fair Lady</em> Disney's <em>ALADDIN</em> <em>Carrier</em> Chicago Architecture Boat Tour