Theater Review: Steppenwolf’s Familial ‘Little Bear Ridge Road’

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CHICAGO – The Steppenwolf Theatre of Chicago continues to provide different viewpoints on the American stage, and their latest “Little Bear Ridge Road” is no exception. Featuring ensemble member Laurie Metcalf, it’s the resonate story of a family at the crossroads. For tickets/details, click LITTLE BEAR.

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In the outer limits of rural Idaho, the last two estranged members of the Fernsby family tree, a reclusive aunt Sarah (Laurie Metcalf) and her gay nephew Ethan (Micah Stock), reunite during the pandemic to sort the mess left behind after Ethan’s troubled father passes away. Ethan’s disconnect is made a bit more palatable through a passing relationship with James (John Drea), but the main story is about the two reluctant Fernsbys ­– separated by age and experience – as they begin to understand the joys and perils of letting someone else into your own story, even if only for a moment.

BearRidge
Through August 4th, 2024
Photo credit: Steppenwolf.org

Audio Theater Review of “Little Bear Ridge Road” by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com …

”Little Bear Ridge Road” is at the Steppenwolf Theatre through August 4th, 1650 N. Halsted Street, Chicago. Featuring Laurie Metcalf, Micah Stock, John Drea and Meighan Gerachis. Written by Samuel D. Hunter. Directed by Joe Mantello. For more information on Steppenwolf Theatre, click here.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Editor and Film Critic/Writer
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2024 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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