Brigadoon is a show that I'd firmly dismissed. Many of those warhorse musicals often feel so steeped in schmaltz, by the time you're done, you feel like you need a root canal to eradicate all the manufactured sweetness.
Where to start with David Ives' twisting, tantalizing and tawdry dark comedy? This is the kind of work that delights and surprises in the moment, yet following the event you begin to look past the intoxicating veneer to unravel the underlying puzzle.
Quick: would you rather pay $115 (or $303 to a ticket broker) to see the misbegotten offspring of Walt Disney and Mary Zimmerman, or pay nothing whatsoever to see a powerhouse re-interpretation of Clifford Odets's Depression-era howl of protest?
Robert Falls, the Artistic Director for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, stopped by The Interview Show to talk with me about his new production of Measure for Measure, why Shakespeare is usually boring, how to direct Brian Dennehy, and lots more.
Teddy Ferrara, a drama playing through March 3 at Goodman Theatre, takes a controversial view of victimhood. I recently spoke with actor Patrick Clear on his thoughts on the play and how it's informed him as an actor and artist.
It's not hard to understand why Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities is such an effective play. This award-winning compact family drama addresses the notions of deception, trust, loyalty, privacy and integrity using a deliciously straightforward setup.
When Jon Robin Baitz's searing family drama Other Desert Cities premiered at Lincoln Center in January 2011, it took the town by storm. I had the chance to speak with Tracy Michelle Arnold of the Goodman Theatre's production.
As she discussed her role in the Tennessee Williams play that seems destined for Broadway, she remained unassuming, humble, down-to-earth, smart, funny and roll-up-her-sleeves hard working. No wonder Chicago has received her so willingly.
Inspired by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry's 2000 book that explores the rich history black women have with wearing ornate church hats, playwright Regina Taylor has crafted a joyful, colorful celebration with Crowns.
Sure, Tennessee Williams is well-known for his psychological dramas where characters escape into dream-like worlds that eventually crash in around them, but Camino Real takes it to a whole 'nother level.