by Robert O'Hara
directed by Damon Kiely
Season 30
August 17—September 30, 2017
A LookOut Visiting Company at SteppenwolfSteppenwolf's 1700 Theatre
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FRI, SAT 8pm · SAT, SUN 3:30pm
Tickets $45 | Seniors $40
★★★ When we’re on the ground with the American family in crisis, loving every messed-up moment without realizing we’re every bit as whacked-out ourselves, the coals of the grill are burning hot.
— Chicago Tribune
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Strawdog's Barbecue scores an 11 on the Honey Boo Boo scale … Robert O’Hara skewers the showbiz of race in this sly satire with a twist.
— Chicago Reader
CRITIC'S PICK! Strawdog and Kiely have given us a beautiful, rare, and unapologetic blend of responsible theater-making, social commentary, and pure entertainment. Barbecue is not to be missed.
— Performink
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Robert O'Hara’s talent for writing outrageous comedy is a gift. He doesn't tiptoe around the funny; he digs in deep, gets messy and goes right down to the heart of the matter.
— Chicago Theatre Review

A modern American family uses a summer barbecue as a pretext to ambush sister Barbara with an intervention. If you think "all families are crazy" is just a cliché, you’ve not spent time under the influence of the O'Mallerys. An afternoon in the park with these raucous siblings and you'll be challenging your own assumptions about family, race, and reality. The Chicago premiere of Barbecue by Obie and Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O'Hara will have you laughing out loud and questioning how it's true that in America, you sometimes taze the ones you love.

To learn more, download this transcript to read what dramaturg Taylor Barfield, playwright Robert O’Hara and director Damon Kiely have to say about the play, celebrity, the perils of technology, and America’s obsession with messed up people.

Kristin Collins
Celeste M. Cooper
Anita Deely
Barbara Figgins
Lillie Anne
Abby Pierce
Deanna Reed Foster
Lillie Anne
Terence Sims
James T.
Ginneh Thomas
Damon Kiely
Assistant Director
Michael Burke
Set Design
Joanna Iwanicka
Light Design
Jared Gooding
Costume Design
Props Design
Leah Hummel
Sound Design
Taylor Barfield
Stage Manager
Casey Peek
Production Manager
* = Strawdog company member
Photography by Jon Cole Media
Production photo by Chris Ocken
Photo by KBH Media
Photo by Donald Cardiff
Photo by John Flak
Photo by Dave Brennan
Photo by Heath Hays
Production photo by TCMcG Photography