ABOUT THIS SHOW

On the heels of his award-winning Broadway show The New One, comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia comes to the Steppenwolf stage with a tale of life, death, and a highly chlorinated YMCA pool. With his unique form of comedic storytelling, Birbiglia chronicles a coming-of-middle-age story that asks the big questions: Why are we here? What’s next? And what happens when the items at the doctor’s office that you thought were decorative become quite useful?

Steppenwolf members receive a special discount on tickets for The Old Man and the Pool. Members received an email with a promo code for $45 tickets when purchasing tickets online or over the phone. Our Audience Services team is available at 312-335-1650 for assistance.

Running Time

85 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

This show is recommended for ages 12+.

Additional information

Downstairs Theatre Info & Seat Map

This show is a produced by a visiting company.

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

“After honing his craft for so long, Birbiglia has become a unique hybrid between a straight stand-up comic and a storyteller” – Chicago Tribune

“A gorgeous longform piece of storytelling that unspools slowly… it’s the most moving, most honest, most surprising and tender, and it’s also wildly funny” – Vulture

“A diarist with first-hand experience of existential extremes” Los Angeles Times

“His comedic observational skills are sharp as a tack… peppered with hysterical one-liners that sneak up on you like comedic stealth bombs. By the end of the evening, you feel less like an audience member than an old friendThe Hollywood Reporter

“Empathetic character study with comedy-club pizzazz”Variety

Mood-altering miracle that is stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia” – Chicago Tribune

Vaccination and mask policy

Steppenwolf is part of the growing coalition of Chicagoland performing arts venues and producers that have agreed upon COVID-19 vaccination and mask requirements for all audiences, artists and staff. Learn more about Steppenwolf’s policies at steppenwolf.org/welcomeback.

Photo by Sasha Israel

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Running Time

85 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

This show is recommended for ages 12+.

Additional information

Downstairs Theatre Info & Seat Map

This show is a produced by a visiting company.