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Review: Twist Your Dickens (Second City at Goodman Theatre, 2016)

Twist Your Dickens is a must-see for hardcore Christmas Carol fans and Dickens holiday naysayers alike. Thanks to incredible writing, direction and comic timing, the Second City’s tribute-parody is a new Chicago holiday classic. It's dirty, silly and ultimately satisfying – a welcome, slightly snarky diversion from treacly holiday fare of yore. Show More Summary

Director changes and casting news from Goodman Theatre

Artistic director Robert Falls will not direct Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" in the spring as previously announced, the Goodman Theatre announced Monday. Artistic associate and producer Steve Scott will take Falls' place. In a statement, Falls said, "In making this decision, I found that my...

'Twist Your Dickens': A misplaced George Bailey and misfit hipster toys

Amid the sugarplums and good cheer, dyspeptic holiday-themed diversions also abound this time of year. For the third year in a row, the Goodman Theatre gets into the anti-holiday show act with "Twist Your Dickens," created by Chicago improv vets and former Emmy Award-winning writers for "The Colbert...

Review: The Magic Play (Goodman Theatre)

The Magic Play, Andrew Hinderaker's world premiere at Goodman Theatre, is embedded with stunning magic and aerial stunts. It's also full of distracting side stories and underdeveloped characters. Nonetheless, you'll still be enterained, especially with the jaw-dropping final scene. Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Ron West will star in 'Twist Your Dickens'

The Second City and Goodman Theatre announced casting for the third return of "Twist Your Dickens" on Tuesday. Ron West, an old-school Second City performer and director, will direct the production and star as Scrooge with Joel Boyd as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Joe Dempsey as Jacob Marley, Sarah...

Casting announced for Goodman's 'Christmas Carol'

Goodman Theatre has announced casting for the return of Dickens' holiday tale "A Christmas Carol," including old favorites and the new addition of Scrooge's niece Frida, traditionally his nephew Fred. Larry Yando will again play the crotchety-to-kind Scrooge with Ron E. Rains as Bob Cratchit, Joe...

‘Wicked’ Team Of Marc Platt & David Stone Will Bring ‘War Paint’ To Broadway

Following a tryout run that became the most successful show in the Goodman Theatre’s history, War Paint will move from Chicago to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre in March, becoming the latest contender in the fast-filling competition for this season’s Tony Award for Best Musical. Show More Summary

Goodman's 'War Paint' musical is headed to Broadway

The Goodman Theatre’s production of "War Paint," the new musical that stars Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole and paints the story of the famous rivalry between cosmetics giants Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, is to open at New York’s Nederlander Theatre on April 6, 2017, it was announced...

What The Goodman Theatre Is Finding Out With Its Audience Engagement Experiments

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Engagement isn’t just a simple matter of making more information available. It’s a mindset. “What if a person pays $50 for a show they end up hating? Or what if a person is organizing a night out with friends, or a date, or a family gathering—and everyone has a poor experience? Our goal is to […]

Review: Wonderful Town (Goodman Theatre)

Mary Zimmerman deftly directs a lavish revival of Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical, featuring a company of more than 40 actors and musicians. If you’re looking for larger-than-life staging and rich music-making, this show’s for you! Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Goodman announces cast of 'The Magic Play'

Goodman Theatre announced the cast of its fall production of Andrew Hinderaker's "The Magic Play" on Wednesday. Francis Guinan (Father) and Sean Parris (Diver) will join the previously announced Brett Schneider as the Magician. Halena Kays will direct the co-commission from Roundabout Theatre Company...

Goodman announces 2016 New Stages lineup

Goodman Theatre announced Wednesday the lineup of its 13th annual New Stages festival, featuring a slate of six new plays to be performed for free over a three-week period.  The first of three developmental productions, to be fully staged and performed in repertory, is Abe Koogler's "Blue Skies...

Review: War Paint (Goodman Theatre)

With Goodman Theatre's world premiere War Paint, there’s much to like and enjoy. The two starring divas, Patti LuPone and Kristine Ebersole, don’t disappoint. The two actresses have 14 songs each, so there’s ample opportunity to enjoy their vocal talents. Highly Recommended! (read John Olson's entire review...)

Goodman Theatre Kicks Off Lorraine Hansberry Celebration

In honor of the late, legendary playwright Lorraine Hansberry, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre is throwing a citywide celebration April 30–June 5. Curated by resident director Chuck Smith, the five weeks of programming will include performances...Show More Summary

Review: Carlyle (Goodman Theatre)

Thomas Bradshaw's 'Carlyle' is billed as a satire. It’s not. The piece delivers some of the most straightforwardly offensive and despicable forms of misogyny and racism that you can imagine, none of it delivered with the wit or intelligence necessary for satire. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

John Dossett and Douglas Sills join 'War Paint' cast

John Dossett and Douglas Sills will join the cast of "War Paint," the Goodman Theatre announced Thursday.  As previously announced, "War Paint" will star Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as dueling cosmetic industry rivals Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Dossett will play Tommy Lewis,...

Review: The Matchmaker (Goodman Theatre)

Ultimately, Goodman Theatre's 'The Matchmaker' is good “match” between cast and audience. In fact, the one big critique would be that sometimes, after a very funny line, actors proceed too quickly, and the next line gets swallowed up in the laughter, preventing a well-deserved follow-up laugh. Recommended. (read Duane Barnes' entire review...)

Chicago’s Goodman Theatre Announces 2016–2017 Slate

The Goodman Theatre announced its lineup for the 2016–17 season as the company celebrates Robert Falls’ 30th anniversary as artistic director. Falls is expanding the Chicago theater’s slate with nine plays offered as opposed to the typical eight works. Show More Summary

Bob Falls will direct 'Ah, Wilderness!' in Goodman Theatre's 2016-17 season

Goodman Theatre's 2016-17 season of 11 productions, announced Wednesday, features new plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Andrew Hinderaker, a reimagined musical directed by Mary Zimmerman, the Chicago premiere of a Chekhov adaptation by Annie Baker and a revival of a Eugene O'Neill comedy, to...

'The Matchmaker': Wilder's wisdom and Goodman's cast make a fine couple

Every time I watch a play by Thornton Wilder — be it "Our Town," "The Skin of Our Teeth," or, as of Monday night in an expansive new production at the Goodman Theatre, "The Matchmaker" — I am struck with the thought that here was a playwright who really cared about his audience. I speak not of...

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