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  The Compass at Steppenwolf Theatre

The Compass

Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted Chicago

At the center of The Compass is a trial, determining the fate of a young person who used an app to make a life-altering decision. In this play, every show will end differently, depending on what you, the audience, decide. Join us as we navigate the question: When someone else, or something else, tells you what to do, what exactly are you responsible for? School performances are Tuesday through Friday at 10am and are reserved for school groups only.

Presented by Steppenwolf for Young Adults

Thru - Mar 12, 2016

Price: $15-$20

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-335-1650

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Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...You really have to hand it to Steppenwolf Theatre. A year after its wholly misguided (if controversy-generating) Young Adults production of "This is Modern Art" the company has produced another world-premiere show, "The Compass," that corrects all the errors of that earlier work in the most creative and productive ways."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...The show certainly engages the audience, but the pressure to render a verdict stymies efforts to handle the issues with any nuance. Rohd criticizes technology for encouraging snap judgments, then encourages us to make a snap judgment."
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Zac Thompson

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...This is a commendable instance in which a youth theatre show has made a difficult, complex question understandable and relevant to teens without insulting their intelligence, or ours. The deliberations may have different results at the high school showings, but the balance of the viewpoints presented is sure to keep up the quality of the discourse. There are a few public performances remaining, so older people have the chance to weigh in, too."
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Jacob Davis

Chicago Stage Standard - Recommended

"...Steppenwolf for Young Adults begs us to take a step back from the world we are creating for our youth and to evaluate how much responsibility we are truly taking on in guiding them through their daily struggles. If we don't take the initiative to create peace and stability for them now, then they will be left with no choice but to rely on means such as "Compass" to guide them."

Rebecca Curl

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The Compass" absolutely blew me away! It is unique and one of the most creative plays I've ever seen. It's just too bad there are so few public performances - and limited seating at those. If I had any influence with Steppenwolf at all, I'd recommend they extend "The Compass""
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Carol Moore

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...This exciting play is a must-see for audiences of all ages, but particularly for young theatergoers. Itís an important performance piece that will spark hours of post-show discussion about its subject matter, as well as providing a hands-on opportunity to participate in the American judicial process. Itís bound to raise all kinds of questions and inspire research about the path of technology, the moral responsibility behind decision-making and the need for stronger gun control laws. This play will make audiences think carefully about how choices are made and what would happen if that freedom is taken away and replaced or controlled by technology. This is a very important play in a production that must be experienced to be fully appreciated."
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Colin Douglas

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...In the end, our jurors retreat from our group to the stage, where they deliberate and eventually decide the defendant's guilt or innocence based solely on our votes, even using our own words during their brilliant and amusing debate. And I'll admit, as difficult as it was to make a decision based on the case, it did feel better than farming the decision out to a 3rd party application and it was a great conversation starter around the topic of justice and the law. So ultimately, The Compass achieved its goal of facilitating an entertaining and thought-provoking civic conversation between the generations."
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