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The Dueling Critics Review Steppenwolf's LA RUTA

The Dueling Critics Review Steppenwolf's LA RUTA

The Dueling Critics 2.0, Jonathan Abarbanel and Kerry Reid, review Steppenwolf Theatre’s world premiere, LA RUTA.

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Chicago playwright Isaac Gomez’s play LA RUTA is making its world premiere at Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre. Inspired by the real stories of Mexican women who live and work in ciudad Juarez, the play shines a light on a horrific epidemic of missing and murdered women that’s goes back to the early 90’s.  

Pictured (Front, Left to Right)  Isabella Gerasole  (Women of Juarez),  Sandra Delgado  (Yoli) and  Alice da Cunha  (Women of Juarez); Pictured (Rear, L to R)  Mari Marroquin  (Zaide),  Cher Álvarez  (Brenda),  Charín Alvarez  (Marisela), ensemble member  Karen Rodriguez  (Ivonne) and  Laura Crotte  (Desamaya) in Steppenwolf’s  LA RUTA. Photo credit  Michael Brosilow

Pictured (Front, Left to Right) Isabella Gerasole (Women of Juarez), Sandra Delgado (Yoli) and Alice da Cunha (Women of Juarez); Pictured (Rear, L to R) Mari Marroquin (Zaide), Cher Álvarez (Brenda), Charín Alvarez (Marisela), ensemble member Karen Rodriguez (Ivonne) and Laura Crotte (Desamaya) in Steppenwolf’s LA RUTA. Photo credit Michael Brosilow

“What I think Isaac is trying to give witness to these womens’ voices, bear witness to them. And let us see their humanity, they’re not just victims, let us see them in their pain, in their joy, we see them at their workplace.” - Kerry Reid talking about Isaac Gomez’s LA RUTA.

Pictured (Front) ensemble member Karen Rodriguez (Ivonne) and (Rear) cast of La Ruta in Steppenwolf’s world premiere production of LA RUTA. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Pictured (Front) ensemble member Karen Rodriguez (Ivonne) and (Rear) cast of La Ruta in Steppenwolf’s world premiere production of LA RUTA. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Both Jonathan and Kerry recommend LA RUTA.

The world premiere of LA RUTA at Steppenwolf Theatre through January 27.


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