“The Brother/Sister Plays” at Steppenwolf Theatre
In a very good year for Chicago theater, snowbirds missed its pinnacle in January, when 29-year-old playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s three-generation Louisiana family trilogy set Chicago on fire. Loosely structured through a series of vignettes, dreams, songs, dances and so on, McCraney’s work, brought to life by a superb cast under the direction of McCraney’s lead interpreter Tina Landau, managed to play every key on the emotional piano, from the highest hilarious joys to the most heartbreaking mournful lows. We left convinced we’d just seen the emergence of a major new voice in American theater, an August Wilson for the twenty-first century. Apparently Steppenwolf agreed: they offered McCraney a coveted ensemble membership shortly thereafter.
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph