Two years ago, the Theatre Y cofounder survived a sexual assault in a car she thought was her Uber. With the perpetrator still out there, she had to find a different kind of closure.
Squint and you’ll think you’re in Paris, not a suburban alley.
FROM JULY 2006: Except Bruce Norris. The playwright’s growing notoriety as a social satirist is surpassing his success as an actor, and Chicago’s top directors value him as an original mind and an excellent dinner companion. But nothing saves him (or the rest of us) from his contempt
For his first three plays, Tracy Letts, the Steppenwolf actor and writer, produced trailer-trash pulp, a creepy horror-romance, and a simple story involving average people in wrist restraints. His latest work—a sprawling family saga that premières this summer—suggests where some of that menacing energy comes from.