Established in 1925, Goodman Theatre is Chicago’s oldest and largest nonprofit theater.

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"What great theatre should be."

When you can see stars like Brian Dennehy and Diane Lane walk through the front door, you know you are somewhere special. And when you can watch Pulitzer Prize-winning plays by Lynn Nottage and Quiara Alegría Hudes and works by American masters like Tennessee Williams, you know you're at the Goodman.

Goodman Theatre Chicago's oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, has won international renown for the quality of its productions, the depth and diversity of its artistic leadership, and the excellence of its many community and educational programs. In its 90 years, some of Goodman's great artistic achievements include two Pulitzer Prizes for Theatre, a 1992 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater, as well as 11 more Tony Awards in the last decade.

A play at the Goodman is one you won't soon forget. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, the Goodman gives life to the work of today's most dynamic artists – from bold new talents to acclaimed national and international voices – and will thrill you with its riveting variety of theatergoing experiences.

Among the theater's esteemed collaborators is the Goodman Artistic Collective, a powerhouse group of diverse theater artists that includes Pulitzer Prize finalists, Tony Award winners and MacArthur "Genius Award" winners.



Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Witness their vision on stage at the state-of-the-art, two theater complex in the heart of Chicago's vibrant Loop Theatre District. Catch the latest and greatest mainstage productions at the Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre and topical plays and cutting-edge works at the Owen Bruner Goodman Theatre. And in the surrounding area, pre-theater dining options, a lively shopping district and all the sites of beautiful downtown Chicago abound so that you can enjoy your visit to the fullest.

Individual tickets are available online at goodmantheatre.org/Tickets and through the box office 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm daily at (312) 443-3800.


2015-2016 SEASON

Big. Bold. Brilliant. Join the Goodman for a season that earns each of these superlatives. The Albert stage features rarely seen masterworks by renowned theater legends, as well as not-to-be-missed new plays by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Oscar-nominated playwrights during their 2015/2016 lineup:

By Ayad Akhtar, directed by Kimberly Senior
September 12 - October 18, 2015

Can anyone ever truly escape their past? Having distanced himself from his Muslim upbringing, Amir Kapoor is quickly climbing the corporate ladder at his powerful Manhattan law firm. When Amir and his wife Emily, a Caucasian artist inspired by Islamic painting, host a dinner party for Amir's African American co-worker and her Jewish husband, the initially pleasant evening quickly erupts into a volatile cultural debate over race, religion and class in the modern world. Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and helmed by the play's Broadway director Kimberly Senior, Disgraced delivers unflinching insight into the complexities of cultural assimilation and the struggle to define one's identity in today's global society.

Another Word for Beauty *A World Premiere Goodman Commission
By José Rivera | Directed by Steve Cosson | Music by Héctor Buitrago
January 16 - February 21, 2016

Each year the female inmates at a Bogotá, Colombia prison compete in a beauty pageant intended by their jailers to motivate and rehabilitate them. While the pageant's parade of glamorous gowns, exotic headdresses and rhythmic dances provides a distraction from daily suffering, its real impact on each woman is more than skin deep. Inspired by true events, Another Word for Beauty is a haunting and soulful examination of women trapped within a prison's walls and the events and circumstances that led to their arrests.

The Matchmaker
By Thornton Wilder | Directed by Henry Wishcamper
March 5 - April 10, 2016

Experience the comic fireworks of Thornton Wilder's 1955 American classic, praised as "one of the sweetest and smartest romantic farces ever written" (The Wall Street Journal). New York, 1880s. Hoping to find a new wife, wealthy yet prickly widower Horace Vandergelder recruits the services of vivacious matchmaker Dolly Levi. Little does Horace know that Dolly is plotting to become the next Mrs. Vandergelder herself! As Horace and Dolly set out to Manhattan to commence the search, a madcap mix of mistaken identity, outrageous misbehavior and spontaneous romance ensues. The inspiration for Hello, Dolly!, The Matchmaker is an uproarious romp that reminds us to embrace the unexpected in our lives.

The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
By Lorraine Hansberry | Directed by Anne Kauffman
April 30 - June 5, 2016

A Raisin in the Sun playwright Lorraine Hansberry's final work, which premiered just three months before her untimely death in 1965 at age 34, is restaged by Obie-winning director Anne Kauffman. The 1960s bohemian paradise of intellectual Sidney Brustein and his actress wife Iris comes crumbling down when Sidney buys an independent newspaper to speak out on the politics and issues of the times. Soon Sidney finds himself at odds with his artistic-minded friends and neighbors-and even his beloved Iris. A mirror to our own world of injustice and corruption, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window is a heartfelt and perceptive work from an iconic voice silenced too soon.

Wonderful Town
Music by Leonard Bernstein | Directed by Mary Zimmerman
June 25 - August 7, 2016

Mary Zimmerman directs a dazzling revival of Leonard Bernstein's 1953 classic, a song-and-dance filled ode to New York City that "fizzes and pops and rhumbas with timeless energy" (Variety). Powered by Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, this whimsical love letter to Manhattan finds Ruth, an aspiring journalist, and her sister Eileen, a bombshell actress, leaving Ohio determined to conquer New York City. Roughing it in a dingy Manhattan basement apartment isn't quite how the sisters imagined living, but they can't resist the city's bustling energy and soon find their professional and romantic hopes coming true. Chock-full of swinging show tunes and spectacular choreography, Wonderful Town captures the thrill of chasing one's dreams like no other musical.

And two returning favorites, the Goodman Theatre's annual showcase of Charles Dickens' timeless tale and a mash-up with legendary comedy The Second City, also top off the holiday season calendar:

  • A Christmas Carol (November 14 - December 27, 2015), a favorite filled with ghosts, jubilant musical numbers, "Bah Humbugs" and Scrooge's joyful discovery of life and love

In The Owen, an intimate stage hosts intimate stories. If you're inspired by new works and fresh perspectives, this is the theater for you. The series includes:


Check out our Events Calendar to see what exciting new shows are coming up on stages across the city, and get the inside scoop from our Chicago Like a Local theater blog.

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 443-3800
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