Crystal meth is a serious problem, but gay performer/playwright Steven Strafford actually found humor in his own three-year addiction ordeal in METHTACULAR! Strafford's critically acclaimed one-man show previously played in 2014 for About Face Theatre before going to be staged in Cincinnati, Sacramento, Portland and colleges across the country. If you missed METHTACULAR! before, it's back again for a very limited time. METHTACULAR! plays two shows only at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12, at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. Tickets are $20; call 312-335-1650 or visit Steppenwolf.org .
Steven Strafford in his one-man show METHTACULAR!, directed by Adam Fitzgerald. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia
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