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Review: Feathers and Teeth (Goodman Theatre)

With Feathers and Teeth, we get an enervatingly familiar look at family dysfunction disguised as demonology, a quirkfest that dumbs an audience down as they realize how little’s at stake. (read Lawrence Bommer's entire review...)

A horror show with 'Teeth' at the Goodman

Although there is a long and venerable tradition of splatter theater in Chicago's off-Loop theaters, the adjective "horror" has rarely been applied to shows at the Goodman Theatre. Well, not by the Goodman Theatre, anyway. But that storied, gory genre makes a rare appearance on Dearborn Street...

Chicago’s Goodman Theatre Names First All-Female Playwrights Unit

“The Playwrights Unit offers Chicago playwrights a year-long residency to foster new work with the Goodman’s artistic team. The group will meet twice a month and their work will culminate in public staged readings held in summer 201...

Goodman announces all-female Playwrights Unit

Goodman Theatre has announced the first all-female group of playwrights to be named as part of its sixth Playwrights Unit.  The newly-named members include: Kristiana Rae Colon, Chicago Dramatists resident playwright and executive director of the #LetUsBreathe collective; Sandra Delgado, ensemble...

Disgraced at Goodman Theatre: It Entertains But May Make You Squirm

L to R, White, Sturgis, Young, Crane. Photo by Liz Lauren. Disgraced won a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for playwright Ayad Akhtar. But that doesn't mean you won't be squirming in your seat in mental discomfort as the 85-minute play progresses....

Review: Disgraced (Goodman Theatre)

Shocking and smart, Disgraced has a compelling and cutting script. Not one second of the 85-minute running time goes to waste, thanks to Ayad Akhtar’s stellar writing and Kimberly Senior’s tightly-paced direction. Highly Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

What is it like for an actor the moments before curtain at 'Disgraced'?

Actor Bernard White plays Amir, the New York attorney at the center of "Disgraced," now at the Goodman Theatre through late October. Playwright Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winner of a play has Amir at the center of a dinner party that turns sour, devolving into the most intense sort of exchange...

Disgraced: Still no polite excuses for race and politics

Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced" - a play that began at the American Theater Company in Chicago, moved to Broadway, snagged a Pulitzer Prize and now has shown up at the Goodman Theatre - is the most produced play in America's professional theaters this season. An HBO adaptation is already underway. The...

Line-up announced for Goodman Theatre's New Stages festival

Goodman Theatre has announced the seven plays of its 2015 New Stages festival. The line-up features three fully staged "developmental productions" and four staged readings, all to be performed free of charge.

Albany Park Theater Project Stages a Feast of Cuisines and Cultures

2 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Photos by Liz Lauren. Feast, the new production by the Albany Park Theater Project and Goodman Theatre, is indeed a feast of color, sounds, cuisines and ethnicities, celebrating Chicago's diverse food culture. It's totally appropriate that it comes to us...

Johnny Cash's Music Shines in Ring of Fire, But Don't Hold Your Breath for the Story

3 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Goodrich and Goodman. Photo courtesy of Ring of Fire Chicago LLC Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, now extended through August at the Mercury Theatre on Southport, deserves to be called a jukebox musical. It's a rousing...

Russ Tutterow memorial service on July 13

A memorial will be held for Russ Tutterow at 6:30 p.m. July 13 at the Goodman Theatre, with doors opening at 6 p.m. in the Albert space. Tutterow, the former artistic director of Chicago Dramatists, died of cancer on May 4. According to an announcement Monday, the service will be "in tribute to...

Goodman Theatre Stages Chekhovian Love Letter to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

3 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Brooks, Fisher and Lehman. Photo by Liz Lauren. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is not a Chekhov parody, but Christopher Durang's play set in an old farmhouse in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, could have been set in a dacha...

How Do You Merge Analog Theatre With Digital Attention? Goodman Theatre Experiments

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“I want to find new ways to break down the walls of the theater and have conversations with audiences, to engage in conversations about change in Chicago.”

Goodman's stop. reset.: A Sci-Fi Story of Books, Race and Technology

4 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Eugene Lee (Alexander Ames) and Edgar Sanchez (J). Photo by Liz Lauren. It's fitting that the Goodman Theatre's production of stop. reset., written and directed by Regina Taylor, coincides with the playwright's 20th season as an Artistic Associate with the...

Chicago theaters receive over $1 million from the Shubert Foundation

Chicago theaters will receive over $1 million in grants from the Shubert Foundation, it was announced on Thursday. The local theater receiving the most money is the Goodman Theatre, which will get $310,000.

The Goodman Theatre would like to be in your will

The other morning I was standing in the lobby of the Goodman Theatre when a bike messenger glided past without a word and disappeared into the bathroom. A moment later, he reappeared and dotted out back to the street, unchained his bike and vanished into the Loop. The lobby was mostly empty at...

Goodman, Steppenwolf want to be in your will

The other morning I was standing in the lobby of the Goodman Theatre when a bike messenger glided past without a word and disappeared into the bathroom. A moment later, he reappeared and dotted out back to the street, unchained his bike and vanished into the Loop. The lobby was mostly empty at...

As Goodman builds 'the Alice,' the word 'engagement' has some buzz

On Tuesday, the Goodman Theatre formally announced its new Alice B. Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement, a $15 million endeavor named for a beloved late trustee. Dedicated to educational programs, the campaign will fund the development and operation of new classroom and meeting spaces...

Goodman Stages Hellman's The Little Foxes: It's Really About the Economy

5 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Photo by Liz Lauren. Most people look at Lillian Hellman's 1939 play, The Little Foxes, as a play about a dysfunctional family battling over sex, money and property. You know, the kind that made Steppenwolf Theatre famous. But this one...

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