EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 15

ABOUT THIS SHOW

In a seedy Oklahoma motel room, a lonely waitress begins an unexpected love affair with a young drifter. And then they see the first bugs… Tracy Letts’s mind-bending cult classic—a luridly funny tale of love, paranoia and government conspiracy—roars back to Chicago for its Steppenwolf debut.

Playwright Tracy Letts

Tony & Pulitzer Prize winning playwright & actor Tracy Letts is the author of plays August: Osage County, Killer Joe, Superior DonutsMan from Nebraska and more. The Steppenwolf production of his acclaimed play The Minutes begins performances on Broadway at the Cort Theatre on February 25, 2020. Steppenwolf’s production of his play Linda Vista recently closed a successful run on Broadway at 2nd Stage’s Hayes Theatre, and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick.

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Watch & Listen

Running Time

2 hours, which includes one intermission

Content Advisory

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Stage Effects Advisory

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Don't get paranoid. Just bring your group to Tracy Letts' cult classic.

For a limited time, groups of just 6+ can get a discount on tickets to all performances of Bug. Enter code GROUP6 to get $10 off each ticket—there's no such thing as a small group!

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

   
Thrilling—the greatest Bug ever. The work of fearless artists at the peak of their international careers. Brilliantly cast play… Smallwood has worked all over Chicago theater but I’ve never seen him do work quite like this. Coon… is every bit as potent. Tracy Letts’ seminal, skin-crawling 1996 work… is not for the squeamish” – Chicago Tribune

   
Carrie Coon, Namir Smallwood triumph… It’s tough to overstate the depth and breadth and sheer emotional intensity that Coon and Smallwood bring to their roles. Tony-winning director David Cromer’s magnificent revival… part noir, part love story, part psychological thriller… Bug is a snapshot of anxiety taken to extremes” – Chicago Sun-Times

“… a love story by the flames of Peter's emergent paranoia, and Agnes's willingness to believe or smoke anything that makes her feel alive… Bug still gets under the skin” – Chicago Reader

Positively skin crawling… Coon and Smallwood give remarkable and ferocious performances that take the already buzzing and dark energy inherent in Bug to a whole new level. Bug’s reflection on the power of paranoia, surveillance, and conspiracy theories plays out with a fiery urgency… a terrifying and prescient night at the theater that left me buzzing” – Broadway World

“Buckle up and brace yourself. The obscenely exciting play by Tracy Letts… ‘Bug' has a subtlety and sureness of composition that testifies to top-flight craftsmanship– The New York Times

“Tracy Letts’s creeper is bound to make your skin crawl… is one of the most intense theatrical experiences you’re likely to have” – Time Out Chicago

Sponsors


Grand Production Sponsors

Julie and Roger Baskes
Amy and Cameron Findlay
John Hart and Carol Prins

 

Individual Production Sponsors

Jim and Kay Mabie
Christopher and Eileen Murphy
Elizabeth Schubert

 

Running Time

2 hours, which includes one intermission

Content Advisory

If you want to learn more about the content of this show, please click below for specific content alerts. If you have further questions, contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Stage Effects Advisory

If you want to learn more about the stage effects used in this show, please click below for specific effects alerts. If you have further questions, contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Membership has its perks

Get insider access, great savings and the ultimate flexibility when you become a member!

GET $10 OFF TICKETS

Don't get paranoid. Just bring your group to Tracy Letts' cult classic.

For a limited time, groups of just 6+ can get a discount on tickets to all performances of Bug. Enter code GROUP6 to get $10 off each ticket—there's no such thing as a small group!

Accessible Performances

Open captioned:
Thursday, February 13 at 7:30pm and Saturday, March 7 at 3pm

ASL interpreted:
Sunday, February 16 at 7:30pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, March 1 at 3pm (1:30pm touch tour, 3pm curtain)