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‘Uncle Vanya’ at Goodman: Seeking purpose, or a numbing refill when the glass is drained

Mar 8, 2017 – 10:23 pm
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Review: Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” an existential snapshot of lost souls at a signless crossroads, exemplifies theater as an ensemble endeavor. In Annie Baker’s modernized, razor-sharp adaptation of the play, complemented by a directorial tour de force from Robert Falls, Goodman Theatre brings the spirit of dramatic teamwork to vibrant life. ★★★★★

At the Goodman Theatre, Leonard Bernstein’s musical ‘Wonderful Town’ starts busy season

Aug 24, 2016 – 3:04 pm
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2016-17 SEASON PREVIEW: The following is adapted from a news release submitted by an arts organization to Chicago On the Aisle.
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Lauren Molina and Bri Sudia star as two sisters leaving Ohio in 1935 to conquer New York City in Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town.” Here’s the Goodman Theatre’s complete line-up…

‘2666’ at Goodman: Epic saga of lust, murder and other scholarly pursuits in old Mexico

Mar 10, 2016 – 4:24 pm
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Review: After five and a half hours spent watching the dramatic evolution of “2666,” the adaptation by Robert Falls and Seth Bockley of Roberto Bolaño’s sprawling novel at the Goodman Theatre, I could think only of that sublimely ironic lyric made famous by Peggy Lee: Is that all there is?This ambitious enterprise affords a goodly share of rewards along its meandering narrative as a sort of whodunit for intellectuals. But in the end, in its totality, “2666” as theater is a shaggy-dog story of St. Bernard proportions. ★★★

Theater 2015-16: ‘Disgraced,’ 4 world premieres accent a many-splendored season at Goodman

Sep 7, 2015 – 6:03 pm
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11th in a series of season previews

Dark, funny, musically vibrant ‘Don Giovanni’ raises the curtain on new Lyric Opera season

Sep 29, 2014 – 5:06 pm
Mariusz Kwiecien and Marina Rebeka in 'Don Giovanni,' production by Robert Falls, Lyric Opera Chicago (Todd Rosenberg)

Review: A more appealing cast could hardly have been assembled for Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” than the vocally resplendent, good-looking singers who inhabit the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production and season opener. And for the most part, Mozart’s opera – dramatically dark and musically brilliant — is well served by director Robert Falls’ heated and funny approach to this tale of the world’s most infamous sex addict, whose recklessness and hubris finally bring him all the way down and then some. ★★★★

In Mozart’s Don Giovanni, director Robert Falls sees a complex figure worthy of Shakespeare

Sep 24, 2014 – 9:46 pm
Director Robert Falls watches a 'Don Giovanni' rehearsal from the audience perspective. (Andrew Cioffi)

Interview: Robert Falls knows a complicated stage character when he sees one, and standing in front of him at the moment is no less intricate a figure than Mozart’s lady killer, Don Giovanni. Actually, notes Falls, artistic director at Goodman Theatre and stage director for the Lyric Opera’s season-opening production of “Don Giovanni,” it’s a different sort of killing that brings this prince of philanderers to his horrific end. The show runs Sept. 27-Oct. 29.

Role Playing: Mary Beth Fisher embraces both hope, despair of social worker in ‘Luna Gale’

Feb 18, 2014 – 4:08 pm
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Interview: Mary Beth Fisher, who portrays the empathic, long-experienced and raggedly weathered social worker Caroline in Rebecca Gilman’s new play “Luna Gale” at Goodman Theatre, says every performance has been an interactive encounter with the audience.

‘Luna Gale’ at Goodman: Groping for answers when parents are children and milk is meth

Jan 31, 2014 – 10:10 am
Mary Beth Fisher and Erik Hellman in Goodman Theatre production of 'Luna Gale' by Rebecca Gilman, 2014 (Liz Lauren)

Review: Caroline is a social worker whose job it is to rescue neglected and abused children and find decent homes for them. She goes about her task seriously – one of her former charges gently rebukes her for being “always on topic.” In Rebecca Gilman’s radiant and disturbing new play “Luna Gale,” now in an electric world premiere run at Goodman Theatre, Caroline comes to her melancholy topic with a full heart as well as her own imperfect history. ★★★★★

Lyric Opera’s diamond anniversary will spotlight Fleming and Serjan amid stellar cast of singers

Jan 27, 2014 – 3:09 pm
Tatiana Serjan, soprano

Report: Russian dramatic soprano Tatiana Serjan, who riveted audiences as Riccardo Muti’s Lady Macbeth with the Chicago Symphony in 2013, will return to the Windy City next January at the Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing another knife-wielder, Floria Tosca, the tempestuous diva who tries to outwit a tyrant and foil her lover’s assassination. The Lyric’s 60th anniversary season, announced Jan. 27, also will feature soprano and Lyric creative consultant Renée Fleming in a signature role as Countess Madeleine in Richard Strauss’ final opera, “Capriccio.”

‘Measure for Measure’ (read: laugh for laugh), Goodman’s screamer would be hard to top

Mar 21, 2013 – 10:57 pm
9Isabella (Alejandra Escalante) is offered a carnal bargain by Angelo (Jay Whittaker) in "Measure for Measure" at Goodman Theatre 2013 credit Liz Lauren

Review: ★★★★

Images of Rothko, on canvas and in the mind

Sep 30, 2011 – 3:59 pm
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“Red” paints a master-apprentice face-off at the Goodman. 5 stars!