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REVIEW: 'Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You!' at the Goodman Theatre

For those who have been blessed by one onstage Tiny Tim too many — and which of us is not in that number at this cultural juncture? — the Goodman Theatre is, for the first time this year, offering a tempting seasonal alternative.

Rick Bayless to cameo in Goodman Theatre-Second City collaboration

There will be a local celebrity cameo every night when Second City’s “Twist your Dickens, or Scrooge You!” – an interactive parody of “A Christmas Carol” -- kicks off its run Friday in Goodman Theatre’s Owen Theatre. The show isn’t announcing when...

Robert Falls, Midwesterner at heart, warms to L.A. for 'Luna Gale'

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

"It's currently 12 degrees in Chicago," says Robert Falls, the artistic director of Chicago's Goodman Theatre. He's in L.A. to oversee the Tuesday opening at the Kirk Douglas Theatre of Rebecca Gilman's "Luna Gale," the world-premiere production he directed last year at the Goodman.

REVIEW: 'A Christmas Carol' at the Goodman Theatre

Anyone who just played King Lear is ready for a little fun. So that might explain why the hard-working Larry Yando, once again starring in "A Christmas Carol" at the Goodman Theatre, seems especially eager to arrive at the end of the show, when a newly cheery Mister Scrooge, suddenly aware that...

Mark Wahlberg is 'The Gambler' at the AFI Fest 2014

Mark Wahlberg suits up while attending the screening of his new film The Gambler during the 2014 AFI Fest held at Dolby Theatre on Monday (November 10) in Hollywood. The 43-year-old actor was joined by his co-stars John Goodman, Anthony Kelley, and director Rupert Wyatt. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Mark Wahlberg It [...]

Goodman's Smokefall: Following One Family Across Time

2 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

When the Goodman Theatre staged the world premiere of Noah Haidle's play Smokefall last year in its smaller theater, the play received great reviews and audiences responded enthusiastically. The theater has remounted the production with the same cast this...

Goodman taps four for Playwrights Unit

The Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit, a yearlong residency program meant to nurture playwrights as they develop new works, will include four participants during the 2014-15 season, the theater announced Monday.

Fake food has supporting role in 'Smokefall'

Dirt, paint, pencils and flower petals are not fit human fare, yet eight times a week Catherine Combs appears to chow down on them during the Goodman Theatre's return engagement of "Smokefall" — and she still shows up for the curtain call looking fine.

'Native Son' to 'Downpour,' 4 shows not to miss

In the great flurry of Chicago theater openings this last three weeks, two must-see shows have emerged. They are "Smokefall" at the Goodman Theatre and "Native Son" at the Court Theatre.

Goodman announces 'Twist Your Dickens' cast

The Goodman Theatre announced on Thursday the cast of its upcoming collaboration with Second City, “Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You!” by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. The show previously played Los Angeles’ Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2012 and 2013.

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

7 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

7 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...

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