“And the answer to every terrible situation seems to be like, Be Yourself, but I have no idea what that f**kin' means. Who's Myself?”


Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Three underpaid employees sweep up stale popcorn in a run-down movie house called The Flick, one of the last theaters in Massachusetts still projecting 35mm films. For Avery, this isn’t a dead-end job. It’s a way to get closer to the art form he loves. Passionate debates about cinema lead to a friendship of sorts with co-workers Sam and Rose. But will their tentative bond survive as they reveal what they actually need from each other? The Flick is a heartfelt cry for the kind of authentic connection we all want, even if we’re a little afraid of it.

Annie Baker’s work asks for a different kind of attention from its audiences. It builds its emotional power more slowly, through the gentle accumulation of everyday interactions. She immerses you fully into the world, where events occur in real time and her rigorous attention to detail reveals the unexpected drama in the apparently mundane. Her work rewards patience and we are thrilled to share Annie Baker’s visionary voice with you.

Special offer: Tuesday evenings just $50 OR pay-your-age
$50 seats available by phone. For pay-your-age, call Audience Services at 312-335-1650; tickets will be held at Will Call and IDs checked at ticket pickup.

Run Time

Utilizing the power of silence through impressively realistic dialogue, The Flick runs 3 hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission.

Watch & Listen

  1. <i>THE FLICK</i> - Trailer

    THE FLICK - Trailer

  2. <i>THE FLICK</i> - Audience Response

    THE FLICK - Audience Response

  3. <i>THE FLICK</i> in Production

    THE FLICK in Production

  4. Dexter Bullard on <i>THE FLICK</i>

    Dexter Bullard on THE FLICK

  5. <i>THE FLICK</i> in Rehearsal

    THE FLICK in Rehearsal

Cast & Artists

The Artists


"4-stars (out of four)...Gorgeous, angst-ridden… superbly cast and richly textured production”
- Chicago Tribune

“5-stars (out of five)...Beautifully realized Chicago premiere”
- Time Out Chicago

“Confessions are made, ethical issues are debated, romantic overtures are thwarted, betrayals occur…a theatrical homage to human nature and the silver screen”
- Chicago Sun Times

“Actors Travis Turner, Caroline Neff and Danny McCarthy suggest a world beyond that stage with every gesture and thrown-away aside. Each has moments that left me nearly breathless at some new revelation about the character. This production makes clear why the play took home that Pulitzer.”
- Crain's Chicago Business

“A poignant, funny meditation on work, relationships, race and class… those who stick with it reap the rewards of Baker's sweet, quietly provocative drama”
- Daily Herald


“The best play of the year.”
- New York Magazine

“We’re lucky to be living in the era of Annie Baker.”
The New Yorker

The Flick is stunning. Incisive and inventive and unexpectedly moving.”
- Huffington Post

“Annie Baker’s exquisite play, won my heart. One of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge in the past decade.”
- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times


The Flick Tells The Story Of The Movies, Off The Screen” – NPR

“Annie Baker's Agonies of Small Talk” – Studio 360

“Yes More Drama” – Slate

Program Articles

Welcome to The Flick

Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro's letter about The Flick

5 Things You Need to Know About Film

Three projectionists from The Music Box talk about about the mechanics, history and beauty of film, and the contentious transition to digital.

A Conversation between Dexter Bullard and Annie Baker

Leading up to The Flick rehearsals, we asked playwright Annie Baker and director Dexter Bullard to interview each other about... whatever they wanted. The result? A conversation about childhood secrets, day jobs and of course, their love of film.

A note on run time & use of silence in Annie Baker's The Flick

An explanation of Annie Baker's vision and a collection of reader reviews and critic responses to her use of silence in The Flick

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Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Special Performances

Preview Performances:
February 4 - 13, 2016

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, April 10 at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 16 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, May 1 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm


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