Synopsis

WORLD PREMIERE

Something's been gnawing at the avocados in Clay and Kelly's kitchen. This upper middle class American couple will go to any lengths to protect their children from whatever creature has invaded their domestic bliss, but the sense of invasion will not stop. This darkly funny, bitingly insightful comedy exposes one family's dysfunction and darkest secrets during a particularly interesting Thanksgiving.

Watch & Listen

  1. The Pain and the Itch

    The Pain and the Itch

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

"A SMASHING NEW SATIRE! MASSIVELY ENTERTAINING!"
Christopher Piatt, Time Out Chicago

"A writer who is actually saying something...the play feels very much of the moment. THE STEPPENWOLF PRODUCTION IS EXCELLENT."
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"A SHOCKER, even by Steppenwolf’s outré standards!"
Chris Jones, Variety

"The direction by Shapiro is flawless...her ensemble delivers A+ performances we have come to expect from Steppenwolf."
Jack Helbig, Daily Herald

"Captivates an audience from start to finish!"
Larry Bommer, Chicago Free-Press

"BRUTALLY FUNNY...THOROUGHLY ENGAGING"
Kerry Reid, Chicago Reader

"Impeccable direction and highwire performances."
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"****(out of four) But not for the faint of heart."
Jack Helbig, Daily Herald

"BRILLIANT"
Beverly Friend, Pioneer Press

Program Articles

The Dresser: Artistic Director Martha Lavey's Preview

For the first time, we are inviting our subscribers to enjoy one of their five–play series in the Upstairs Theatre. Producing one of our plays Upstairs gives us the opportunity to open up new weeks in the schedule.

The Harold And Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Supports The Pain and the Itch

Steppenwolf salutes The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for their uncompromising support of new play development.

Wine, Celebrity, and Song

Steppenwolf’s Auxiliary Council hosted their 3rd Annual Wine Tasting Benefit at the River East Art Center on Friday, April 1.

Uplifting Isn't His Style: Bruce Norris at Steppenwolf

In all of his plays, Bruce Norris feeds the audience just enough clues about his characters and their circumstances to leave us hungry for more.

Working with Child Actors

The presence of a child actor amidst the mature subject matter of The Pain and the Itch made the production an especially challenging project for Steppenwolf. Learn how Steppenwolf works with child actors, ensuring a top-notch performance while maintaining a suitable atmosphere.

The Pain and the Itch - Artistic Director Martha Lavey's Preview

Martha Lavey explores the themes and potent relevancy of Bruce Norris' The Pain and the Itch.

Uplifting Isn't His Style: Bruce Norris at Steppenwolf

In all of his plays, Bruce Norris feeds the audience just enough clues about his characters and their circumstances to leave us hungry for more.

Norris and Shapiro discuss The Pain and the Itch

Associate Artistic Director Curt Columbus speaks to playwright Bruce Norris and director and ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro about the fifth show in the 29th season, The Pain and the Itch

Working with Child Actors

The presence of a child actor amidst the mature subject matter of The Pain and the Itch made the production an especially challenging project for Steppenwolf. Learn how Steppenwolf works with child actors, ensuring a top-notch performance while maintaining a suitable atmosphere.

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Content Advisory

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