Lobby Hero

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November 4 – 24, 2002 In the Owen
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 9 minutes

Can an ethical dilemma be fodder for an outrageous comedy? If the author is Kenneth Lonergan, the answer is an unqualified “Yes!” In Lobby Hero, Lonergan, the Oscar-nominated writer of the film You Can Count On Me, offers us another encounter with a quartet of endearingly off-center Everymen. The setting is the lobby of a Manhattan high-rise, where security guard Jeff tries to make the most of the graveyard shift, cajoling, joking and talking his way through the night in an attempt to impress both his straight-arrow boss William and the feisty rookie cop Dawn. But when William’s brother is implicated in a brutal murder and Jeff is complicit in covering for him, the hapless lobby guard is confronted with a mind-bending problem: he wants to do the right thing, but he can’t figure out what “the right thing” is.

The hit of the 2001 off-Broadway season, Lobby Hero was hailed by critics as a heartfelt and loopy comedy. John Simon of New York magazine wrote, “Soon after making the year’s best movie, You Can Count On Me, Kenneth Lonergan delights us with his irrepressible Lobby Hero, confirming him as a comic wizard.”

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  • Lobby Hero Production Photos
    Jeff (center, Lance Stuart Baker), a lobby security guard, asks Bill (Scott Cummins), a police officer, to sign in before visiting a tenant as Bill's rookie partner Dawn (Julie Granata), looks on in amusement in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's production of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero. Staged by Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls, Lobby Hero was part of the Goodman Theatre's 2002/03 season.

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    (right to left) William (Rolando Boyce), a captain in the lobby security guard firm, greets Bill (Scott Cummins) as Bill's Rookie partner Dawn (Julie Granata) waits outside and Jeff (Lance Stuart Baker), a lobby security guard, looks on in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's production of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero. Staged by Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls, Lobby Hero was part of the Goodman Theatre's 2002/03 season.

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    Jeff (Lance Stuart Baker), a lobby security guard, talks with his captain William (Rolando Boyce) about his old man in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's production of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero. Staged by Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls, Lobby Hero was part of the Goodman Theatre's 2002/03 season.

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    Bill (r, Scott Cummins), a police officer, talks with William (Rolando Boyce), a security guard captain, about helping William out with any trouble his brother may be in in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's production of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero. Staged by Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls, Lobby Hero was part of the Goodman Theatre's 2002/03 season.

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    Bill (r, Scott Cummins), a police officer, tells his rookie partner Dawn (Julie Granata) that she had better do what he tells her in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's production of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero. Staged by Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls, Lobby Hero was part of the Goodman Theatre's 2002/03 season.

  • Lobby Hero Production Photos
    Dawn (Julie Granata), a rookie police officer, tells Jeff (Lance Stuart Baker), that he should do the right thing in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's production of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero. Staged by Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls, Lobby Hero was part of the Goodman Theatre's 2002/03 season.

  • Lobby Hero Rehearsal Photos
    Pictured in Lobby Hero rehearsals are Lance Stuart Baker (Jeff), Julie Granata (Dawn) and Scott Cummins (Bill).

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