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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through March 14 2015

This slick Steppenwolf for Young Adults production is the fact-based tale of a group of young graffiti artists who spray-painted a 50-foot-long mural on the Columbus Drive entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing in 2010. In the middle of the night. In the middle of a snowstorm. It was at once an act of artistic expression, social protest, and criminal vandalism—guaranteed to rattle the art world and media establishment, set the Twittersphere abuzz, and send the young rebels underground, if not to jail. This world premiere, written by Idris Goodwin and Young Chicago Authors artistic director Kevin Coval, is simultaneously celebratory and cautionary—clearly sympathetic to the artists' point of view, but not blind to the impact their reckless act would have on their own lives. Director Lisa Portes's staging is greatly enhanced by the vividly colorful visual design by Brian Sidney Bembridge (set), J.R. Lederle (lights), and Liviu Pasare (projections). —Albert Williams

Price: $20, $15 for students


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