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 Steppenwolf.

We will raise the curtain once again on our blistering and extraordinary revival of BUG by Tracy Letts, featuring ensemble members Carrie Coon and Namir Smallwood. Shut down one week before closing, this production’s return is our bold refusal to let the disaster of COVID rewrite our story. These stunning performances—and this award-winning production—will once again reverberate throughout our building and welcome back our audiences to the Steppenwolf they know and love: brave, brazen and defiant.

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Watch & Listen

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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

We gratefully acknowledge the sponsors from our 2020 production of BUG, including Julie and Roger Baskes, Amy and Cameron Findlay, John Hart and Carol Prins, Jim and Kay Mabie, Christopher and Eileen Murphy and Elizabeth Schubert.

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.

Become a member

To renew your Classic Membership or become a Classic Member today, call our Audience Services team at 312-335-1650 for assistance.

Accessible Performances

Open captioned:
Thursday, November 18 at 8pm and Saturday, December 11 at 3pm

ASL interpreted:
Sunday, November 28 at 8pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, December 5 at 3pm (1:30pm touch tour, 3pm curtain)