The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh
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April 21 – June 17, 2012 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 4 hours and 45 minutes, including 3 intermissions

  • [The Iceman Cometh] contains as many great performances as I've seen in a single show for years”— The New York Times
  • A series of sudden, breathtaking punches to the gut, with moments of piercing emotion”— The New York Times
  • Space forbids me from giving full due to all of the worthy performances”— The New York Times
  • No matter how far you have to go to get there, the place to be right now is Chicago”— The Wall Street Journal
  • "Extraordinary" "A masterpiece"— The Wall Street Journal
  • "Mr. Lane gives a performance that will stay with you for as long as you live."— The Wall Street Journal
  • "A 'volcanic production'"— Variety
  • "[Lane] brings out qualities in Hickey that perhaps no actor could highlight as effectively"— Variety
  • "An 'intense ensemble of actors whose demons rage before you'"— Chicago Tribune
  • "Epic"— Chicago Tribune
  •  — The Chicago Tribune
  • "Nathan Lane excels in Goodman's gorgeously dark 'Iceman Cometh'"— Chicago Sun-Times
  • "gorgeously realized, crystal clear [and] meticulously cast"— Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Dennehy undertakes an evening-long struggle with himself that’s riveting to watch"— Time Out Chicago

The Iceman Cometh is Sold Out

Eugene O'Neill's towering masterpiece becomes a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event, featuring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy.

Welcome to Harry Hope's saloon, home to a ragtag band of drunks and dreamers who today celebrate the arrival of Hickey, the charismatic traveling salesman whose raucous presence always ensures a grand good time. But when a newly sober Hickey blows in with a renewed outlook on life, his zealous attempts to fix the lives of his old friends lead to a series of events that are at once devastatingly comic and heartbreaking—and culminate with a revelation that threatens to shatter the tenuous illusions that fuel their lives. O'Neill's monumental drama is an unparalleled theatrical journey, "as corrosive as rotgut whiskey, as morbidly funny as a funeral gone amok, as hallucinatory as an alcohol-fueled excursion into purgatory" (Chicago Sun-Times).

We will not have our regularly scheduled Wednesday and Thursday post-show discussions.

  • Behind the Scenes of The Iceman Cometh
    Go behind the scenes with Robert Falls and the cast of The Iceman Cometh

  • Robert Falls on The Iceman Cometh
    Robert Falls discusses the genesis of the Goodman's 2011/2012 Season production of The Iceman Cometh.

  • The Iceman Cometh Trailer
    Directed by Robert Falls, starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy

  • Audiences Floored by The Iceman Cometh
    Listen to what audience members have to say after spending the evening in Harry Hope's saloon.

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  • The Iceman Cometh Rehearsal Photos
    The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill Directed by Robert Falls April 21 – June 17, 2012 Opening May 3, 2012

  • The Iceman Cometh Rehearsal Photos
    (Left to right) The amiable Hickey (Nathan Lane) addresses one-time syndicalist-anarchist Larry Slade (Brian Dennehy) and passed-out Hugo (Lee Wilkof), a one-time editor of anarchist periodicals, during a rehearsal of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, directed by Robert Falls, at Goodman Theatre (April 21 – June 17).

  • The Iceman Cometh Rehearsal Photos
    Brian Dennehy returns to Goodman Theatre as Larry Slade in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, directed by Robert Falls (April 21 – June 17).

  • The Iceman Cometh Rehearsal Photos
    Canadian actor Stephen Ouimette portrays saloon proprietor Harry Hope in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, directed by Robert Falls, at Goodman Theatre (April 21 – June 17).

  • The Iceman Cometh Rehearsal Photos
    (Left to right) The young Don Parritt (Patrick Andrews) implores Larry Slade (Brian Dennehy) during a rehearsal of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, directed by Robert Falls, at Goodman Theatre (April 21 – June 17).

  • The Iceman Cometh Rehearsal Photos
    (Left to right) “Tarts” Cora (Kate Arrington), Margie (Lee Stark), and Pearl (Tara Sissom) patronize Harry Hope’s saloon during a rehearsal of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, directed by Robert Falls, at Goodman Theatre (April 21 – June 17).

  • The Iceman Cometh Rehearsal Photos
    (Center) Hugo (Lee Wilkof) fires off to (left to right) Joe Mott (John Douglas Thompson), Harry Hope (Stephen Ouimette), Willie Oban (John Hoogenakker), and Larry Slade (Brian Dennehy) during a rehearsal of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, directed by Robert Falls, at Goodman Theatre (April 21 – June 17).

  • The Iceman Cometh Rehearsal Photos
    (Left to right) Jimmy Tomorrow (James Harms), Joe Mott (John Douglas Thompson), Harry Hope (Stephen Ouimette), Willie Oban (John Hoogenakker), and Don Parritt (Patrick Andrews) look off during a rehearsal of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, directed by Robert Falls, at Goodman Theatre (April 21 – June 17).

  • The Iceman Cometh Rehearsal Photos
    (Left to right) Chuck Morello (Marc Grapey), Cora (Kate Arrington), Joe Mott (John Douglas Thompson), Rocky Pioggi (Salvatore Inzerillo), Pearl (Tara Sissom), and Margie (Lee Stark) celebrate Hickey’s gift of champagne during a rehearsal of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, directed by Robert Falls, at Goodman Theatre (April 21 – June 17).

  • The Iceman Cometh Rehearsal Photos
    (Left to right) Ed Mosher (Larry Neumann, Jr) converses with his brother-in-law Harry Hope (Stephen Ouimette) during a rehearsal of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, directed by Robert Falls, at Goodman Theatre (April 21 – June 17).

  • The Iceman Cometh Rehearsal Photos
    (Center) A startled Harry Hope (Stephen Ouimette) stands amongst his saloon’s regulars (left to right) Piet Wetjoen (John Judd), Joe Mott (John Douglas Thompson), Rocky Pioggi (Salvatore Inzerillo), and Cecil Lewis (John Reeger) during a rehearsal of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, directed by Robert Falls, at Goodman Theatre (April 21 – June 17).

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Left to right) Salvatore Inzerillo as Rocky Pioggi, Brian Dennehy as Larry Slade, Nathan Lane as Theodore “Hickey” Hickman, Lee Wilkof as Hugo Kalmar, and Stephen Ouimette as Harry Hope in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Hugo Kalmar (Lee Wilkof) with Larry Slade (Brian Dennehy) in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    James Cameron “Jimmy Tomorrow” (James Harms) in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Piet Wetjoen (John Judd), Ed Mosher (Larry Neumann, Jr.), Joe Mott (John Douglas Thompson), and Cecil Lewis (John Reeger) in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Wilie Oban (John Hoogenakker) in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Harry Hope (Stephen Ouimette) and Theodore “Hickey Hickman (Nathan Lane) in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Cora (Kate Arrington), Pearl (Tara Sissom), Theodore “Hickey Hickman (Nathan Lane) and Margie (Lee Stark) in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Nathan Lane as Theodore “Hickey” Hickman, the quintessential purveyor and slayer of pipe dreams, in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Brian Dennehy as one-time syndicalist-anarchist Larry Slade with Nathan Lane as Theodore “Hickey” Hickman in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Brian Dennehy as one-time syndicalist-anarchist Larry Slade in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Brian Dennehy as Larry Slade with Patrick Andrews as Don Parritt in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    The regulars of Harry Hope’s saloon await Hickey’s arrival in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Chuck Morello (Marc Grapey), Cora (Kate Arrington), Joe Mott (John Douglas Thompson), Rocky Pioggi (Salvatore Inzerillo), Pearl (Tara Sissom), and Margie (Lee Stark) share a gift basket in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Margie (Lee Stark), Rocky Pioggi (Salvatore Inzerillo), and Pearl (Tara Sissom) in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

  • The Iceman Cometh Production Photos
    Harry Hope (Stephen Ouimette) in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre.

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  • Apr 20 2012
    The Iceman Speaketh  

    The Iceman Speaketh

    1912, Iceman, Icemanisms, O'Neill

    The Iceman is here, and he’s brought the language of 1912 with him.

    After six weeks of rehearsal and nine months of anticipation, The Iceman Cometh begins preview performances in the Albert Theatre tomorrow night. Audiences, and especially O’Neillphiles, are in for a special treat, as the four-and-a-half-hour classic features a virtuoso ensemble that seamlessly become the residents of Harry Hope’s saloon, the Greenwich Village flophouse in which The Iceman Cometh is set.

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  • Apr 26 2012
    “The Family Circle of Inmates”  

    “The Family Circle of Inmates”

    1912, characters, Iceman, O'Neill

    The gang at Harry Hope’s have all known each other for years and all ages, professions, nationalities and creeds are welcome under Harry’s roof. Since the cast is so large and the characters so varied, we’ve compiled an intro to these colorfully drawn characters, each with a history and a pipe dream that is uniquely their own. 

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  • Jun 01 2012
    Backstage with John Douglas Thompson  

    Backstage with John Douglas Thompson

    Backstage, Iceman, John Douglas Thompson, O'Neill

    In his many years as a New York–based actor, John Douglas Thompson has built a reputation so stellar that he is now “regarded by some as the best classical actor in America,” according a recent profile in The New Yorker. But John’s gripping performance as Joe Mott in the Goodman’s production of The Iceman Cometh marks only the second Chicago production for this celebrated actor, and his first on the Goodman stage. Here’s our Backstage interview with this extraordinarily talented actor.

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  • May 04 2012
    The Iceman Speaketh, Part Two: Insults  

    The Iceman Speaketh, Part Two: Insults

    1912, Iceman, Icemanisms, O'Neill

    If you want a poetically snarky insult, then William Shakespeare is probably your man (“you starveling, you elf-skin,”  “thou hast the most unsavoury similes,” etc.). But if you want a down-and-dirty dig without the floweriness of the bard, then Eugene O’Neill delivers.

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  • May 15 2012
    The Iceman Speaketh, Part Three: Miscellaneous Terms  

    The Iceman Speaketh, Part Three: Miscellaneous Terms

    1912, Iceman, Icemanisms, O'Neill

    In our first two installments of The Iceman Speaketh, we explored drinking terms and insults. Now for the miscellaneous catetory: words and phrases that O’Neill uses in Iceman that you don’t hear everyday.

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  • May 10 2012
    At the Starting Line with Tara Sissom  

    At the Starting Line with Tara Sissom

    characters, Iceman, O'Neill, Tara Sissom

    With nearly 50 performances of Iceman scheduled, the actors who work every day to bring this piece to life may have one perspective at the beginning of the eight-week run—when expectations are high and the general excitement of opening a show is pervasive—and another towards the end of the long run. We talked to Iceman cast member Tara Sissom, who plays one of the “tarts,” Pearl, to compare her perspective at the beginning of the run to her perspective at the end. Stay tuned to for our follow-up with Tara in mid-June.

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  • Jun 15 2012
    At the Finish Line with Tara Sissom  

    At the Finish Line with Tara Sissom

    Six weeks ago we checked in with The Iceman Cometh’s Tara Sissom as she and her cast mates began what was likely to be one of the most exhausting (and exhilarating) experiences of their stage careers. With nearly 40 performances of the four hour and 45-minute epic ahead of her, we wanted to see how she was feeling as the show opened and compare it to how she felt with all those performances behind her. Now, with only three performances of Iceman left, we caught up with Tara and asked her the same set of questions as before—check out her old interview to see how her answers have changed.

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