Smokefall

Smokefall

Sept 20 – Oct 26, 2014 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours including intermission

  • Gorgeous”— Chicago Tribune
  • stars — Chicago Tribune
  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • A glorious play...took my breath away”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • Radiant performances and exquisite design”— Time Out Chicago
  • Plays like this are rare and precious to an actor”— Chicago Tribune
  • Smokefall is even more beguiling than before.”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • A poignant thank-you note from a playwright to his mother”— Chicago Tribune

The number one play on the Chicago Tribune’s “Best Theater of 2013” list returns for an encore production with its acclaimed original cast.

Change is in the air as Violet prepares to bring twin boys into the world. Inside her womb, her unborn sons contemplate their future, while the world around her is in transformation: her husband is secretly planning to leave her, her father is slipping into senility and her daughter has taken a vow of silence. Haunting and slyly funny, Smokefall explores the lives of this family in a lyrical treatise on the fragility of life and the power of love.

  • Smokefall: Behind the Scenes
    Hear from the cast, director Anne Kauffman and playwright Noah Haidle as they discuss bringing this critically acclaimed work to the stage.

  • Smokefall is an Audience Favorite
    See clips from the show and see what audiences have to say about Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

  • Noah Haidle's Video Diary, Part 1
    Playwright Noah Haidle has been keeping a video diary of his time working at the Goodman. Watch his first entry featuring the T.S. Eliot poem that inspired his play's title Smokefall. See it now through October 26.

  • Smokefall Montage
    Check out scenes from Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Teaser
    Take a look at what is in store for the first show in the Albert this season.

  • 2014/2015 Season Trailer
    Join us in celebrating our 90th season!

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  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    Playwright Noah Haidle in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Catherine Combs (Beauty), Director Anne Kauffman and Guy Massey (Footnote, Samuel and Fetus Two) in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    Mike Nussbaum as Colonel/Johnny in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    Director Anne Kauffman in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Mike Nussbaum (Colonel/Johnny) and Catherine Combs (Beauty) in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    Katherine Keberlein (Violet) in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    Guy Massey (Footnote, Samuel and Fetus Two) in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    Eric Slater as Daniel/Fetus One in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    Catherine Combs as Beauty in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Katherine Keberlein (Violet), Mike Nussbaum (Colonel), Eric Slater (Daniel), Guy Massey (Footnote) and Catherine Combs (Beauty) in in Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Katherine Keberlein (Violet), Catherine Combs (Beauty) and Guy Massey (Footnote) in Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Katherine Keberlein (Violet) and Catherine Combs (Beauty) in Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Eric Slater (Fetus one), Mike Nussbaum (Colonel) and Guy Massey (Fetus Two) in Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    Mike Nussbaum (Johnny) in Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Guy Massey (Samuel) and Catherine Combs (Beauty) in Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Mike Nussbaum (Colonel) and Catherine Combs (Beauty) in Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Mike Nussbaum (Colonel), Eric Slater (Daniel) and Katherine Keberlein (Violet) in Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    Mike Nussbaum (Colonel) in Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Eric Slater (Fetus One) and Guy Massey (Fetus two) in Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    Mike Nussbaum (Johnny) and Guy Massey (Samuel) in Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

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  • Oct 08 2014
    More Critical Praise for  

    More Critical Praise for "Smokefall"

    Chicago's top critics are calling Smokefall "the best new play of 2014." Watch these new interviews with Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones and the Chicago Sun-Times' Hedy Weiss to hear more.

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  • Oct 06 2014
    A Fetus Prepares  

    A Fetus Prepares

    Smokefall

    Playwright Noah Haidle has been keeping a  video diary while working with the cast on Smokefall. Take a look at what's going on behind the scenes and in the mind of Noah Haidle.

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