You know what being nice gets you? It gets you that moment after you leave a room, where everyone looks at each other and goes, “She’s really nice, yeah.” And then they forget you existed.

About This Show

Millie is a smart, resourceful young mother who works as a housekeeper in one of New York’s premier luxury hotels. When an opportunity to move into management gives her the chance to leave behind her blue collar life, Millie must decide how much, and who, she’s willing to sacrifice to secure her family’s future. A funny and scathing look at America’s corporate culture, The Fundamentals examines the compromises we make in order to fulfill our dreams.

The Fundamentals was commissioned by Steppenwolf and developed as part of the First Look new play series in 2015. Erika Sheffer and ensemble member Yasen Peyankov last teamed up for Steppenwolf’s critically acclaimed production of Russian Transport in 2014.

Running Time

2 hours and 15 minutes, including 1 15-minute intermission.

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

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, December 4 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Saturday, December 10 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, December 18 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm

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Running Time

2 hours and 15 minutes, including 1 15-minute intermission.

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

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, December 4 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Saturday, December 10 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, December 18 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm

You know what being nice gets you? It gets you that moment after you leave a room, where everyone looks at each other and goes, “She’s really nice, yeah.” And then they forget you existed.