The issue before this council is just what kind of community do you want to live in. The issue before this council is what kind of people we are.

About this show

In The Minutes, Tracy Letts’s scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power, the writer who brought you August: Osage County exposes the ugliness behind some of our most closely-held American narratives while asking each of us what we would do to keep from becoming history’s losers.

Online tickets are sold out. Call Audience Services at 312-335-1650 to find out about 20 for $20, standby tickets and waitlists, which we are often able to seat. 

Watch & Listen

Running Time

1 hour 40 minutes, presented without 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.

Pit Seats

Pit seats bring you as intimately close as you can get to the stage, at an affordable price. 
Pit seating consists of one row of hard shell chairs, located directly in front of the stage. These seats are 9-inches lower than Steppenwolf’s “Row A”, where Steppenwolf’s standard theater seating begins.

Purchase pit seating by clicking "Buy Tickets" from this page or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650

Special Performances

Preview Performances:
November 9 - 18

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, December 3 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Saturday, December 16 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

“Robust response to the moment from Letts… ‘August: Osage County’ is a play that asks a family what kind of family it considers itself to be. ‘The Minutes’ asks the same question of a town. And of a country. Explosive...riveting…heart-in-the-mouth experience…will not be a play you quickly forget”
– Chicago Tribune

“Astonishing new play… if you have observed the workings of Chicago’s City Council (or, for that matter, your condo board) over the decades, it is a good bet you will recognize the play’s lunatic version of democracy at work, and then be confronted by something far more pernicious than garden variety graft, corruption, chicanery and the pursuit of trivial personal agendas.” 
– Chicago Sun Times

“Simmering satire of a small-town city council meeting”
– Variety

Program Articles

David Zinn: A Scenic Designer's Notebook

Tony Award-winning designer David Zinn shares some insight into the development of the scenic design for The Minutes and walks through several versions of scenic models.

Running Time

1 hour 40 minutes, presented without 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.

Pit Seats

Pit seats bring you as intimately close as you can get to the stage, at an affordable price. 
Pit seating consists of one row of hard shell chairs, located directly in front of the stage. These seats are 9-inches lower than Steppenwolf’s “Row A”, where Steppenwolf’s standard theater seating begins.

Purchase pit seating by clicking "Buy Tickets" from this page or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650

Special Performances

Preview Performances:
November 9 - 18

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, December 3 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Saturday, December 16 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm

The issue before this council is just what kind of community do you want to live in. The issue before this council is what kind of people we are.

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