The last great production of The Cherry Orchard I saw was at Steppenwolf, nearly 20 years ago. Tina Landau turned the company’s upstairs theater into a near-immersive experience, with Riccardo Hernández’s set design incorporating swathes of lacy white cloth all around us—perfect for Anton Chekhov’s characters, who spend so much time hiding from visible truths […]
Actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, and professor Dr. Frank Galati died on January 2, 2023, but his impact on those he worked with and loved (they were one and the same) and his legacy are imperishable. He won two Tony Awards in 1990 for adapting and directing The Grapes of Wrath, and was a nominee in […]
When it comes to bold and audacious stagings of Measure for Measure (for my money, the most unpleasant of Shakespeare’s “problem plays”), it’s hard to top Robert Falls’s dark take-no-prisoners 2013 production at the Goodman, which reimagined Vienna as Times Square, circa the late 1970s. (Think David Simon’s The Deuce on HBO.) But Henry Godinez’s […]
As the single most-produced contemporary playwright in the Goodman Theater’s history, Rebecca Gilman has provided audiences with some truly perceptive, unflinching depictions of life’s varied brutalities. 1999’s Spinning Into Butter took on racism at a small, supposedly progressive liberal arts college. Fourteen years before #MeToo, Boy Gets Girl stunned with its take on the nightmarish […]
The past two years have seen more upheavals and changes in leadership at Chicago theaters than at any time in my memory, exacerbated by the long COVID-19 shutdown. So perhaps it makes sense that Goodman Theatre went back to the future, so to speak, by announcing Susan V. Booth as their new artistic director late […]
Goodman, Congo Square, and Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights all announce major changes at the top.
Plays by Adam Rapp, Adrienne Kennedy, and Ike Holter make a livestream connection with audiences.
From Warp! to Re-Animator, Gordon told the stories he wanted to see his way.
Chicago Opera Theater’s Everest is stunning contemporary opera.
But at least “Exit, pursued by a bear” finally makes sense.
With the Executive Pay Test, it’s easier than ever to decide which group deserves your hard-earned cash!
But this Goodman production should best be understood as a reliving than a true memoir.
He’s fully recovered from the mild heart attack he suffered during last year’s world premiere.
This Thomas Stockmann is courageous, tenacious, and a little nuts: a man of our times.
Gaping conceptual hole aside, the Goodman Theatre staging is entertaining.