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Review: King of the Yees (Goodman Theatre)

In making her persona the star of her world premiere drama King of the Yees, playwright Lauren Yee has created a meta-format to explore her relationship with her father. This genre-melding is part mystery and part coming-of-age saga, a drama marked by broad comedy, steeped lightly in satire and soaked through with magical realism. Show More Summary

Review: Destiny of Desire (Goodman Theatre)

With Goodman Theatre's Destiny of Desire, playwright Karen Zacarias might have invented a new theatrical genre. The unabashedly histrionic production is part Greek tragedy, part frantic sex farce and entirely steeped in the aesthetic of Latin American telenovelas. Highly Recommended! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

‘View From the Bridge’ opens Goodman’s next season

The Goodman Theatre will open its 2017-18 season with the director Ivo Van Hove's intensely radical West End and Broadway adaptation of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge," the Goodman announced Thursday, along with announcing the rest of the theater's season.   The Tony Award-winning "A View...

'Destiny of Desire' also about the desire for a new kind of audience

At one point in "Destiny of Desire," the very fun, very self-aware new show by Karen Zacarias at the Goodman Theatre that offers up a live version of a telenovela, it is said from the stage that telenovelas represent the most popular form of live entertainment on the planet. We're told some "2...

Review: Uncle Vanya (Goodman Theatre)

Anton Chekhov's timeless Uncle Vanya questions how to be kind, loyal and useful to others while being true to oneself is the deeper theme inherent in the play. With ticket prices of $20 to $59, Goodman Theatre's production is a gift to the community. Show More Summary

Tom Hiddleston & Brie Larson Premiere 'Kong: Skull Island' in Hollywood

Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson stepped out for the big premiere of their new film Kong: Skull Island. The duo hit the red carpet with their co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Corey Hawkins at Dolby Theatre on Wednesday evening (March 8) in Hollywood. Also in attendance were Joe Manganiello, Matthew Modine, David Koechner, [...]

Goodman announces 'Objects in the Mirror' cast

Casting is complete for the world premiere of Charles Smith's "Objects in the Mirror," the Goodman Theatre announced Wednesday. "Objects" is inspired by Smith's real-life friendship with a Liberian refugee, Shedrick Yarkpai, and the long road that lead to his acting career. Daniel Kyri, in his...

Robert Falls will direct Stacy Keach in world-premiere Hemingway play

Ten years after their collaboration on "King Lear," Robert Falls and celebrated film actor Stacy Keach will reunite for the world premiere play "Pamplona," the Goodman Theatre announced Thursday. Keach, who starred in the 1988 mini-series "Hemingway" and earned a subsequent Golden Globe Award for...

Jess McLeod named 2016-17 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow

Jess McLeod will be the recipient of the 2016-17 Michael Maggio Fellowship for Chicago-based directors, Goodman Theatre announced Tuesday. The fellowship includes assisting on a Goodman production and working with the Goodman's artistic team. McLeod's recent projects include Lyric Unlimited’s Chicago...

Review: Gloria (Goodman Theatre)

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins makes his points clearly and viciously in this sharply-observed satire of contemporary life, his primary target being millennials in the workplace. His dialogue is sharp and believable, often bitterly funny even as it packs an emotional punch, justifying the play's status as a 2016 Pultizer Prize finalist. Show More Summary

Review: Rising up from their cubicles in brilliant 'Gloria' at the Goodman Theatre

In the lobby of a theater the other day, an acquaintance of mine observed that the only good thing about the rise to power of Donald J. Trump was the post-facto unification of, well, let's call it the arty left — you know, those fact-dependent types who work for newspapers, magazines, TV stations,...

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

7 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 […]

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