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Goodman's Venus in Fur: A Power Play With a Twist

Robert Bullen | Posted 03.20.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

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.

Chicago Theater Tackles Trayvon Martin Killing

AP | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices

CHICAGO (AP) — The Goodman Theatre is the latest company to join a national push to stage a night of short plays about the killing of Trayvon Martin...

Waiting for Lefty Explodes at Oracle ; The Jungle Book Fizzles at Goodman

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

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?

Goodman's Robert Falls Talks Shakespeare, Brian Dennehy ... and Ron Jeremy on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 05.12.2013 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

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.

Writer Behind New Tyler Clementi Drama Answers Your Questions

Goodman Theatre | Amanda ReCupido | Posted 02.19.2013 | Gay Voices

We at the Goodman understand that once the final curtain goes down, the dialogue about a play is only beginning, and Teddy Ferrara is no exception. We...

An Interview With Patrick Clear of Goodman's Teddy Ferrara

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.14.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

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.

Curtis M. Wong

Tyler Clementi's Story Comes To Chicago Stage

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.07.2013 | Gay Voices

When asked to explain why he decided to write the play “Teddy Ferrara,” Christopher Shinn says, “I thought a lot about committing suicide in hig...

A Flat Yet Fascinating Other Desert Cities at Goodman

Robert Bullen | Posted 03.25.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

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.

Chatting With Tracy Michelle Arnold, Star of Goodman's Other Desert Cities

Robert Bullen | Posted 02.17.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

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.

Bulls Megastar Grants Tiny Cancer Patient's Holiday Wish

Posted 12.18.2012 | Chicago

Bulls great Scottie Pippen was always known for his versatility, but it turns out that applies to more than just Pip's on-court skills. The former...

Diane Lane and Finn Wittrock: Tour de Force in Sweet Bird of Youth

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.11.2012 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

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.

An Overstuffed Sweet Bird of Youth Features a Strong Performance in Diane Lane

Robert Bullen | Posted 11.27.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Goodman's Sweet Bird of Youth is a fascinating mess. Forget the talented and stunning Diane Lane -- David Cromer's direction is the star.

Diane Lane To Hit The Stage In Chicago

AP | CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 11.22.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — More than two decades after she last graced the stage in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," Academy Award-nominated actress Diane Lane is ...

Telling Harrowing Tales About Child Abuse

George Heymont | Posted 09.21.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

2012-07-22-20120628dalevertical.jpg Black N Blue Boys/Broken Men is a deeply disturbing and powerful one-woman show written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith.

Goodman's Joyous Crowns Gets Your Spirits Singing

Robert Bullen | Posted 09.10.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

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.

There's No Place Like Home

Howard Sherman | Posted 08.13.2012 | Home
Howard Sherman

Despite protestations to the contrary, America does have a national theatre. We simply don't restrict it to the work of a single company. America's national theatre exists across the country.

Goodman's Iceman Cometh, Starring Nathan Lane, Chills to the Core

Robert Bullen | Posted 07.08.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Chicago truly is an amazing theatre town -- especially now, where we have two epic plays receiving landmark productions, and I've been lucky to see both of them.

Walkouts Be Damned, Goodman's In-Your-Face Camino Real Is the Real Deal

Robert Bullen | Posted 05.22.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

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.

The Latest Disney Musical To Hit The Stage

AP | Posted 02.29.2012 | Home

CHICAGO -- "The Jungle Book" will be the latest Disney musical to make its way to the stage. Chicago's Goodman Theatre announced Tuesday that it will...

Chicago's Theater Season Off to a Strong Start

Robert Loerzel | Posted 12.11.2011 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

Is the current theater season so delightful that you'd call it a "debauch"? Not exactly -- but a few excellent productions of top-notch scripts are on the city's stages.

Quick! Get to Chicago Before the Window Closes on 25 Years of The Oprah Winfrey Show

Pam Grout | Posted 06.03.2011 | Travel
Pam Grout

The good news? Tickets to the show are free. Bad news? Getting them is akin to getting an audience with Kate Middleton.

Collaboraction Executive Artistic Director on "The Interview Show"

Mark Bazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

Anthony Moseley, executive artistic director of the wonderful Collaboraction theater company, discusses the Sketchbook Festival, the history of Collaboraction, his golf game and more.

Pulitzer Prizes 2009: Lynn Nottage's "Ruined" Wins Drama Prize

AP | MICHAEL KUCHWARA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Stories of race and gender prevailed at this year's Pulitzer Prizes, with "Ruined," Lynn Nottage's harrowing tale of survival set aga...

Playhouse Chicago: Two Families and the Homesteads That Bury Them

Alice Singleton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alice Singleton

"Love Makes a Family" the old say-so goes, as does Inheritance, political strife, forbidden sexual longing and career failures. Two works not-so-decid...

Exploring O'Neill at the Goodman

Robert Loerzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

The O'Neill festival was a fascinating exploration of the great American playwright's work -- filled with unusual and even daring stagings. Never was it dull, that's for sure.