2014

Luna Gale: Living up to Expectations and Praises

Posted by: Adina Harris at 01/28/2014 10:30 AM
Luna Gale: Living up to Expectations and Praises

Luna Gale”, the current play at the Goodman Theatre is riveting! Written by Rebecca Gilman and Directed by Robert Falls, “Luna Gale” will keep you on the edge of your seat from the beginning, to intermission, to the final word.


‘Luna Gale’: The Sins of Mothers Burden Daughters

Posted by: Amy Hoke at 01/28/2014 10:30 AM
‘Luna Gale’: The Sins of Mothers Burden Daughters

Playwright Rebecca Gilman is no stranger to the overlooked issues of today’s society, and her newest play, “Luna Gale,” is a testament to that. The play, which is premiering at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, tells the story of infant Luna Gale, her meth-addicted parents, her deceptively normal grandmother, and the social worker in charge of her case. 


Buzzer

Posted by: Angy Wu Feng at 02/18/2014 11:00 AM
Buzzer

Tracey Scott Wilson’s Buzzer, staged by Jessica Thebus at Goodman Theater. 


Venus in Fur

Posted by: Anne Amann at 03/18/2014 11:30 AM
Venus in Fur

Sex.

That’s what I expected, sitting down in the Goodman’s beautiful Albert theatre, preparing to see David Ives’ recent exploit, Venus in Fur. With this bias in mind, I found Venus in Fur is an excellent comedy, with strikingly real characters and subtly elegant plot twists. 


Theatre Review: Venus in Fur

Posted by: Ariel Majewski at 03/18/2014 11:30 AM
Theatre Review: Venus in Fur

“Venus in Fur,” the new production at the Goodman Theatre, contains a broad range of elements that leave an unexpected, striking endnote.


Theater Review: “Luna Gale” at the Goodman

Posted by: Bertha Mendez at 01/28/2014 11:30 AM
Theater Review: “Luna Gale” at the Goodman

Playwright Rebecca Gilman delivered an outstanding story filled with comedy as well as moments filled with anguish. And while “Luna Gale” deals with various sensitive topics, including drug addiction and religion, it manages to tell a compelling story that leaves the audience on the edge of their seats.


Buzzer at Goodman Theatre

Posted by: Jazmin Quinones at 02/18/2014 12:00 PM
Buzzer at Goodman Theatre

Written by Tracey Scott Wilson and directed by Jessica Thebus, Buzzer is a controversial play at the Goodman Theatre that has received mixed reviews.  Buzzer deals with issues such as gentrification, racial tension and the fear that comes with it.  It’s certainly an entertaining play, with a great story and production. 


Luna Gale

Posted by: Brigid McKeon at 01/28/2014 12:00 PM
Luna Gale

“Luna Gale” is an utterly striking insight to the harsh reality of the foster care system.       


Luna Gale

Posted by: Elizabeth Cruz at 01/28/2014 12:00 PM
Luna Gale

The play follows a small family’s dilemma, and how they are trying to find what is best for their child Luna Gale. Suddenly, buried secrets are arising and the Story line’s chaos begins to unravel. We learn that people have been abused, but whom? This is where Luna Gale begins. And when you think the situation is changing for the better? It has only just begun.


Venus in Fur

Posted by: Grace Hildebrand at 03/18/2014 01:00 PM
Venus in Fur

Running for only 95 minutes, with a cast of only two characters, Goodman Theatre’sVenus in Fur keeps it short, and simple- but far from sweet. The lack of saccharinity by no means detracts from production. In fact, this absence allows room for  the play’s appealing provocative edge.


Luna Gale

Posted by: Jesse Osborne at 01/28/2014 01:00 PM
Luna Gale

Lies and secrets overdone in Buzzer

Posted by: Liza Libes at 02/18/2014 01:00 PM
Lies and secrets overdone in Buzzer

When the three friends move in together in the midst of Jackson and Suzy’s blossoming relationship, lies and secrets begin to permeate throughout the stage’s urban setting, becoming more widespread than the air they breathe.


Buzzer

Posted by: Maya St Clair at 02/18/2014 02:30 PM
Buzzer

As well as privilege, Buzzer addresses race – although, as playwright Tracey Scott Wilson lays out, the two are almost inextricable. Wilson recognizes that racial themes can be presented in a way that’s riveting, but also poised and funny.


Buzzer explores race and romance

Posted by: Melissa Oskouie at 02/18/2014 02:30 PM
Buzzer explores race and romance

“Buzzer” is a phenomenal play surrounding the life of an African American man named Jackson, his Caucasian girlfriend Suzy, and his friend Don. Jackson and Suzy are finally able to move in together and have to go through the struggles of allowing Don to live with him too. The past is resurfaced with memories that cause the trio to feud and release feelings that cause tensions.


Venus Favors the Bold

Posted by: Melody DeRogatis at 03/18/2014 02:30 PM
Venus Favors the Bold

 Suffice to say, “Venus In Fur” is no porno, but a seductive, astute, droll, yet dramatic masterpiece.


Luna Gale: Redefining Women in the Theatre

Posted by: Nina Wilson at 01/28/2014 03:00 PM
Luna Gale: Redefining Women in the Theatre

Luna Gale features an exquisite ensemble cast and several very strong roles for women, most notably the character of Caroline, played by the remarkable Mary Beth Fisher in her third collaboration with Gilman.


‘Venus in Fur’ dazzles and excites

Posted by: Sophia Goethals at 03/18/2014 03:00 PM
‘Venus in Fur’ dazzles and excites

Imagine the sexiest woman you can, with the curves of Marilyn Monroe, the humor of Tina Fey and the sexual energy of a pubescent teenage boy. This is Vanda (played by Amanda Drinkall) in the new play being performed at the Goodman Theatre.


“Buzzer,” by Tracy Scott Wilson

Posted by: Taysha Day at 02/18/2014 03:00 PM
“Buzzer,” by Tracy Scott Wilson

“Buzzer” is a phenomenal play surrounding the life of an African American man named Jackson, his Caucasian girlfriend Suzy, and his friend Don. Jackson and Suzy are finally able to move in together and have to go through the struggles of allowing Don to live with him too. The past is resurfaced with memories that cause the trio to feud and release feelings that cause tensions.


Nia Ali-Valentine on Smokefall

Posted by: Nia Ali-Valentine at 09/29/2014 02:30 PM
Nia Ali-Valentine on Smokefall

While “Smokefall” has garnered great reviews, the success of the play in-theater is not nearly as superior.


Emily Mack on Smokefall

Posted by: Emily Mack at 09/29/2014 02:30 PM
Emily Mack on Smokefall

For a dreamy masterpiece told through a timeless haze, "Smokefall," manages to bite audiences with the sting of reality.


Rena Newman on Smokefall

Posted by: Rena Newman at 09/29/2014 03:00 PM
Rena Newman on Smokefall

“Smokefall”, the Goodman Theatre’s most recent bombshell, is both jagged and wise, comic and heartfelt. 


Juliette Ovadia on Smokefall

Posted by: Juliette Ovadia at 09/29/2014 03:00 PM
Juliette Ovadia on Smokefall

“Smokefall,” a new play by Noah Haidle at the Goodman Theatre, is about time, and love, and home. 


Camille Allen on A Christmas Carol

Posted by: Camille Allen at 11/24/2014 03:00 PM
Camille Allen on A Christmas Carol

The holiday season is a joyful time of year, and to help usher it in, Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” is now playing at the Goodman Theatre.


Apryl Moore on A Christmas Carol

Posted by: Apryl Moore at 11/24/2014 03:00 PM
Apryl Moore on A Christmas Carol

Too many times have play adaptations of “A Christmas Carol” simply parroted the book with no originality present; however, the combination of seamless scene changes, quality actor portrayals, and original hilarity saves “A Christmas Carol” from being an old and tired piece of work.


Amanda Sallman on A Christmas Carol

Posted by: Amanda Sallman at 11/24/2014 03:30 PM
Amanda Sallman on A Christmas Carol

The classic Charles Dickens’ tale, “A Christmas Carol”, reignites every winter at the Goodman theatre, bringing new touches and affects each time.