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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

2 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

2 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

2 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...

Larry Yando to play King Lear as part of new Chicago Shakes season

The veteran Chicago actor Larry Yando, best known currently for his annual turn as Ebenezer Scrooge at the Goodman Theatre, will play  King Lear  in a new production of William Shakespeare's tragedy directed by Barbara Gaines, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has announced. 

Goodman Theatre announces 2014-15 season

The Goodman Theatre said Wednesday that its 2014-15 mainstage season in the Albert Theatre will begin with a reprise of Anne Kaufman’s hit 2013 production of Noah Haidle’s “Smokefall,” restaged for the larger space.

Robert Christen, beloved resident lighting designer at Goodman, dies at 64

Robert Christen, the resident lighting designer and supervisor at the Goodman Theatre, died on Sunday morning, the Goodman announced Monday. He was 64 and had been suffering from cancer. 

In Chicago, plays by women, bucking the national trend

Here were your theater-going options at Chicago's major theaters on Saturday, Feb. 15: At the Goodman Theatre, you could have seen either "Luna Gale" by Rebecca Gilman in the Albert space or "Buzzer" by Tracey Scott Wilson in the Owen. Show More Summary

Making Sondheim Sing: Interview with Michael Mahler, Music Director of Chicago Shakespeare's Road Show

Beginning March 13, Chicago Shakespeare Theater will debut a revised version of Road Show, a show that Chicago audiences first saw in 2003 at the Goodman Theatre, albeit with a very different book, a modified score and a different title. I caught that production (then called Bounce), and felt it had big problems, but real promise. Show More Summary

Photo Gallery: James Franco and 'Of Mice and Men' cast at 'Luna Gale'

On Saturday Feb. 22, the starry cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of “Of Mice and Men,” currently rehearsing in Chicago, stopped by the Goodman Theatre to take in a performance of “Luna Gale.” Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, “Of Mice and Men” stars James Franco and Chris O’Dowd as George and Lennie respectively. Show More Summary

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