Steppenwolf’s ‘Detroit’ to play Broadway in Fall 2011


From a just-released press announcement:

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is pleased to announce its new American play Detroit by Lisa D’Amour and directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton will open on Broadway early fall 2011. Detroit makes its Broadway debut following world premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, September 9 – November 7, 2010. Casting for the Broadway engagement will be announced shortly.

Exciting! I hope Laurie Metcalf recreates her starring role in this production. When I saw the show late last year, she was a force — the glue that held this frantic, explosive piece of theatre together. The reviews on this show were mixed — Sun-Times‘ Hedy Weiss referred to it as a Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf wanna-be, while the Tribune‘s Chris Jones gave it a very positive review. Amongst my theatre-going friends, some enjoyed it, some loved it, and some shrugged it off, saying it was just a bunch of pointless yelling.

And moi? Loved it. Hope the Broadway crowd does, too.

2 thoughts on “Steppenwolf’s ‘Detroit’ to play Broadway in Fall 2011

  1. Laurie Metcalf gave one of the most memorable performances I’ve ever seen as the mother in the short-lived Broadway revival of Brighton Beach Memoirs. She was awesome, striking exactly the right tone in a Jewish mother role that could easily have been so stereotypical and schmaltzy. I’d love to see her on Broadway again. She’s such an amazing actress.

    1. Hey Esther — thanks for commenting!

      I’ve been waiting to see her onstage, and was not disappointed. I’ve always admired her TV work. Hopefully you can see what she has to offer in “Detroit.”

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