Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, has won international renown for the quality of productions, the depth and diversity of artistic leadership, and the excellence of its many community and educational programs. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the Goodman is committed to producing both classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions. Central to that mission is the Goodman Artistic Collective, a diverse group of outstanding theater artists whose distinctive visions have given the Goodman an artistic identity of uncommon richness and variety. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity, and community—Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.
Goodman Theatre, recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, is internationally recognized for its artists, productions and educational programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the Goodman is committed to producing classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions.
Goodman Theatre was established in July 1922, by a gift of $250,000 from William and Erna Goodman to the Art Institute of Chicago for the purpose of building a theater to memorialize their son, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman. Before his death at the age of 35 in the influenza epidemic of 1918, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman had written, published and produced a number of plays in non-commercial productions in Chicago, and had expressed his vision of an ideal theater, one that would combine professional training with the highest possible performance standards.
Beautiful theater. Great location. Easy parking options with Spot Hero & other apps. Many food options all around. Content of plays are hit or miss, but that's true anywhere. Acting talent is usually superb. Snack options and drink options are limited and they make you put drinks in paper cups with lids like you're drinking coffee no matter what you seem to get, which I find ridiculous. At the very least they could be plastic... Overall, fun experience and enjoyable though.
This place is such a unique theater in middle of packed theater district. We saw Christmas Carol here and the structure of the theater lead to the set. It almost seems like something out of Harry Potter. The staff was also very nice and helpful. We saw a performance that was captioned which was such a neat experience. When purchased tickets for this show customer service contacted me to make sure everything was taken care of. That was a nice treat as well. Oh also our ticket featured discounted parking too. Nice all around!
Extremely entertaining 2017 version of The Christmas Carol. The special effects for the ghosts were just right for youngsters but still entertaining for my 50+just age group. The box office staff was friendly and efficient, and the ushers we're ready to answer questions from young and old. The facility is well laid out and clean. Looking forward to seeing another non-holiday play in the near future.
I have seen many plays here. The theatre is small enough to be able to see very well from wherever you sit. There is always a wide variety of plays. I have enjoyed many of them.
Great theater with great plays. The Blind Date was amazing. I loved it. Learned so much about an important political encounter for the history of mankind. Loved the details around American and Russian culture.
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