Next Up Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 16 2013

Run in collaboration with Northwestern University, Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Next Up program gives a few lucky MFA candidates the chance to stage a show with a professional cast and the imprimatur of one of the bigger fish in America's theatrical pond. I hope the kids get some useful lessons from the experience—but even if they don't, wow, you can't beat Steppenwolf for a resume credit. The plays picked for this year's Next Up are Neil LaBute's Fat Pig, Adam Bock's The Drunken City, and Anne Washburn's The Internationalist. They have a good deal in common. All three are recent but not new, dating from the mid-2000s. They were all written by active American playwrights (or Americanish, anyway, Bock being a lapsed Canadian). And they all focus on conventionally immature urban American (or maybe Canadian) Gen Xers who fuck up romantically in small, more or less private ways that are traumatic but never quite threatening. Continue reading >>

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