Review: "Straight White Men" @ Steppenwolf / by Jerald Pierce

In an ideal world, the final image of a play should tell you something. It should leave the audience with a sense of what meaning should be derived from the play they just watched. In the case of writer/director Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men at Steppenwolf, that image is of Matt (Brian Slaten), the eldest of three adult Straight White Male brothers, sitting on his father’s couch and looking directly at the audience. From that, I was left with a surprising feeling of identity. As a non-white man who spent most of the play feeling like I was definitely not the target audience, that caught me off guard. But, perhaps that is Lee’s intention.

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