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REVIEW: 'The World of Extreme Happiness' in the Goodman's Owen Theatre ??½

The birth of Sunny, the central character in Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's unstinting and sardonic new play, "The World of Extreme Happiness," is celebrated by her moments-old self being stuffed in a bucket, lid slammed shut. The parental hope is that Sunny, whose outlook as a peasant girl in the...

REVIEW: 'Smokefall' at the Goodman Theatre ????

In Noah Haidle's quixotic, gorgeous "Smokefall," the narrative begins with a young couple who have fallen in love. They get advice from someone much older — this romance will end in tragedy, he says. They all do. Someone walks out on someone else, the relationship a casualty of human...

Success from sorrow, and a predecessor for 'Smokefall'

On Monday, Noah Haidle's "Smokefall" opens on the main stage of the Goodman Theatre. If you follow theater in Chicago, you might have read something about this remarkable play about a Grand Rapids, Mich., family seen across several generations. It premiered last October in the Goodman's smaller...

A scene from 'Smokefall'

This week's Theater Loop Showcase is "Smokefall," Noah Haidle's acclaimed drama currently being remounted at the Goodman Theatre. The play depicts multiple generations of a family that goes through life as any family does: with loss, hardship and unrelenting hope. In this scene, Chicago...

Goodman announces New Stages lineup

The Goodman Theatre has announced the schedule of its annual New Stages Festival.

Goodman announces 'Christmas Carol' casting

The Goodman Theatre has announced the cast of its 37th annual production of “A Christmas Carol.”

Goodman Theatre's Brigadoon Offers a Delightful Romp in the Heather

"Isn't Brigadoon the one with the leprechauns?" No, that's "Finnian's Rainbow," clarified my theatre companion as we walked into Goodman's suprisingly delightful new production of the Scottish-based Lerner and Loewe tuner. Brigadoon is a show that I'd firmly dismissed. Show More Summary

Almost worth falling for this revisionist 'Brigadoon'

THEATER REVIEW: "Brigadoon" at the Goodman Theatre ??½ THEATER REVIEW: "Brigadoon" at the Goodman Theatre ??½... In certain, more cynical parts of Scotland, the term "Brigadoonery" applies to the cultivation of over-the-top stereotypes of Scotland...

Interview: Seth Bockley on the Dark Underbelly of Our Internet Obsessions

4 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Seth Bockley is a Chicago-based playwright, playwright-in-residence at the Goodman Theatre and author of Ask Aunt Susan, which opened at the Goodman's Owen Theatre this week. He has been involved with the Goodman for several years as part of their...

Goodman Theatre's Ask Aunt Susan Explores Our Digital Disconnects

4 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Photo by Liz Lauren. Seth Bockley's new play, Ask Aunt Susan, is a smart, funny 90-minute tear through today's era of digital connections and a cri de coeur for a slower pace and a little more humanity in our personal...

This 'Aunt Susan' has written herself into a corner

THEATER REVIEW: "Ask Aunt Susan" at the Goodman Theatre ?½ THEATER REVIEW: "Ask Aunt Susan" at the Goodman Theatre ?½... When, in its first few minutes, the Goodman Theatre's new show, Seth Bockley's "Ask Aunt Susan," goes after Yelp by setting up a juicy scenario wherein nefarious employees sit in restaurants all day...

"Aunt Susan" Listens To Your Problems, But She Also Creates Them

4 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

"Aunt Susan" is the mother of all advice-givers, willing to listen to all of your problems, struggles and everyday bumps in the road - for a price, of course. "Ask Aunt Susan" premiered at the Goodman Theatre last weekend, shining.....

Bold, beautiful play needs a little more bite

THEATER REVIEW: "The White Snake" at the Goodman Theatre ??½ They may be characters in an ancient Chinese fable — with written roots slithering as far back as the Ming Dynasty — but White Snake and her comic sidekick Green Snake, asShow More Summary

Goodman Theatre announces final show in 2014-15 season

The Goodman Theatre has announced the final show in its 2014-15 mainstage season: it is to be a new production of the classic Amerian potboiler "The Little Foxes," written by Lillian Hellman and first staged in 1939.

Goodman will celebrate Robert Christen's life on May 13

On May 13, the Goodman Theatre will celebrate the life of Robert Christen, the theater’s Resident Lighting Designer who died on March 9 at the age of 64. Christen spent over three decades at the Goodman, providing the lights for plays...Show More Summary

Goodman announces 'Brigadoon' cast and team

The cast of the Goodman Theatre’s summer revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical “Brigadoon” was announced on Monday. The theater also said that writer Brian Hill will “refresh” Lerner’s original libretto for the production. Show More Summary

Too troubling a work, even for Albany Park Theatre Project

THEATER REVIEW: "God's Work" by Albany Park Theatre Project at the Goodman Theatre THEATER REVIEW: "God's Work" by Albany Park Theatre Project at the Goodman Theatre... The Albany Park Theatre Project is not a typical theater for young people. Such is the level of trust among the young people from the neighborhood who perform with this company...

'Vanya and Sonia' coming to Goodman in spring 2015

The Goodman Theatre said Monday that it will stage the first Chicago production of Christopher Durang's Broadway comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" during its 2014-15 subscription season. It will fill one of two vacancies on the mainstage in previous season announcements. Show More Summary

Making Onstage Chemistry: A Chat With the Stars of Goodman's Venus in Fur

In Goodman Theatre's intense production of David Ives' hit play, Venus in Fur, palpable onstage chemistry is critical (read my review here). It's what elevates this two-person dark comedy from a tawdry romp into a thrilling exploration...Show More Summary

Play about masochism needs more of an edge

THEATER REVIEW: "Venus in Fur" at the Goodman Theatre ??½ THEATER REVIEW: "Venus in Fur" at the Goodman Theatre ??½... The term "masochism" — the practice, should you require a definition, of deriving sexual pleasure from the feeling of pain — has its origins...

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