Posts in category "Goodman Theatre"

"A Christmas Carol" (Goodman Theatre): Guaranteed Holiday Pleasure

"A Christmas Carol" (Goodman Theatre):  Guaranteed Holiday Pleasure
Goodman Theatre presents the 36th Annual Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Larry Yando (Scrooge) returns to the iconic holiday role.  The impressive Yando plays gruff and gleeful with equal intensity.  In his distinct voice, he delivers the stinging barbs.  Later, his playfulness enchants as his holiday transformation is complete.  Yando is one of thirteen veterans... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru Aug 18th "The Jungle Book" (Goodman Theatre): A Dance on the Wild Side

EXTENDED Thru Aug 18th "The Jungle Book" (Goodman Theatre):  A Dance on the Wild Side
Goodman Theatre presents the World Premiere of THE JUNGLE BOOK. Costumes.  Costumes! Costumes!! From the first glimpse of the sophisticated, stilted peacock, I fell in love with Designer Mara Blumenfeld’s 2013 Jungle Collection.  Blumenfeld terrifically combines Indian style garb and animal magnetism.  The ensemble is dressed elegantly with wildlife influences. Wolves have fur trimmed collars. ... Read more »

"By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" (Goodman Theatre): Ironic Tribute

"By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" (Goodman Theatre):  Ironic Tribute
Goodman Theatre presents BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK. It wasn’t enough for Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lynn Nottage to establish the backstory on her main character, Vera Stark.  Nottage had to give her a fleshed out existence with parents, husbands, an Oscar nomination, an autobiography, and a Vegas act. All these factoids are only hinted... Read more »
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"The Happiest Song Plays Last" (Goodman Theatre): Stories Bury the Story

"The Happiest Song Plays Last" (Goodman Theatre):  Stories Bury the Story
Goodman Theatre presents the World Premiere of THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST. In the more intimate second stage space at the Goodman, Scenic Designer Collette Pollard constructed a 2 story building. The building is on the diagonal with the lengthy depth of the side as the main view.  The visual is a surprising choice.  There... Read more »

"Measure for Measure" (Goodman Theatre): Extreme and Sensational!

"Measure for Measure" (Goodman Theatre):  Extreme and Sensational!
This show grabbed me from its shocking opening and held me until its startling conclusion. Goodman Theatre presents MEASURE FOR MEASURE.  The Duke departs his city in a flourish only to return in disguise as an Irish priest.  The Duke is doing a personal internal investigation of his staff.  He fears corruption.  And he finds... Read more »

"Teddy Ferrara" (Goodman Theatre): What are you trying to say, Teddy?

"Teddy Ferrara" (Goodman Theatre): What are you trying to say, Teddy?
Goodman Theatre presents the world premiere of TEDDY FERRARA.  Gabe is a senior in college.  He plans to make this year the best.  He wants a boyfriend, a student presidency and a post-graduation job working on a Senate campaign.  In between, he is trying to pull the LGBTQ community together for a party.  Meanwhile, the... Read more »
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"Other Desert Cities" (Goodman Theatre): Family Drama Hollywood-style

"Other Desert Cities" (Goodman Theatre):  Family Drama Hollywood-style
Goodman Theatre presents OTHER DESERT CITIES.  The Wyeth family is gathering for the holidays.  Dad is a famous movie star.  Mom and Aunt Silda are successful screenwriters.  Brother produces reality shows.  And sister has finally found her own creative niche.  Brooke has written a tell-all book about her family.  Although the process has been cathartic... Read more »

"A Christmas Carol" (Goodman Theatre): Charming and Radiantly Entertaining

"A Christmas Carol" (Goodman Theatre): Charming and Radiantly Entertaining
Reviewed by Jeanette Hamel A Christmas Carol, playing for its 35th season at the Goodman Theatre, is the best present you can get for your family (and yourself) and is a delightful introduction to the holidays.  From lovely rendition of period appropriate Christmas Carols that greet you before the show (thank you Benet Academy Choir)... Read more »

"Sweet Bird of Youth" (Goodman Theatre): So Pretty!

"Sweet Bird of Youth" (Goodman Theatre):  So Pretty!
For its highly anticipated season opener, Goodman Theatre presents SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, a classic Southern drama by Tennessee Williams.  Chance has returned to his hometown for Heavenly, his childhood sweetheart.  The problem is her mob-boss father hates him.  And the entire town works for Boss.  But this time, Chance has concocted a plan to... Read more »
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"Crowns" (Goodman Theatre): Handpicked Hallelujah Chorus of Biblical Proportions

#141.  I love hats!  They serve as a fashion statement and cover up flawed hair.  Until the late sixties, the Catholic Church required them at mass.  So every Easter, my sisters and I would get to pick out a new outfit:  dress + hat. I focused on the hat part because there were only ever... Read more »