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    Sept 2022 - Aug 2023

  • "★★★★"

    (out of 4)
    Chicago Sun-Times

    Now through July 17

  • "Breathtakingly beautiful"

    Chicago Tribune

    Now through July 24

CHICAGO’S THEATER SINCE 1925

A Not-For-Profit Arts and Civic Organization in the Heart of the Loop

Life After

"Breathtaking from start to finish"—Audiences are wowed by Britta Johnson's stunning new musical. On stage through July 17 only!

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Arts As Education

Did you know that the Goodman impacts thousands of Chicago youth and lifelong learners each year through a host of Education and Engagement programs?

Our Alice Rapoport Center is home to it all. Join us! Explore all Education & Engagement programming >>

Daring. Dynamic. Iconic.

Experience bold voices and vivid stories you won’t find anywhere else in our 2022/2023 Season.

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  • Where We Belong Review - Chicago Tribune

    Review: In touring Where We Belong now at the Goodman, a Mohegan theater-maker forges a deep connection with her audience

    Emily McClanathan, Chicago Tribune

    “In her solo play, “Where We Belong,” Madeline Sayet shares her story with such warmth, passion, honesty and humor that one feels honored to have spent an evening in her presence. And what a tale she has to tell.”

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  • Life After Review - Chicago Tribune

    Life After at Goodman Theatre is a stirring musical about a grieving teenager — a new show that’s going places

    Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

    “The central character happens to be a teenager, but anyone who has suffered the loss of a close family member will recognize the anguish of young Alice in “Life After,” the very intense musical at the Goodman Theatre with book, music and lyrics by an immensely talented new compositional voice, a 31-year-old Canadian named Britta Johnson.”

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  • Life After Review - Chicago Sun-Times

    A teen confronts a torrent of emotions after her father’s death in Goodman’s impassioned musical Life After

    Catey Sullivan, Chicago Sun-Times

    “Every family is messy, but the family in “Life After” is messy in a way that will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has lost a loved one when unfinished business still defined their relationship.”

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  • ENOUGH - Chicago Tribune

    Young playwrights use words to seek 'power,' tackle gun violence on stages nationally, including at Goodman Theatre

    Stephanie Casanova, Chicago Tribune

    On Wednesday, actors at the Goodman Theatre performed a reading of the plays, including Boyd’s “Southside Summer” and Buffalo Grove resident Wyn Alyse Thomas’ “Write Their Wrongs.”

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  • Chicago Tribune

    Robert Falls announces his last Goodman Theatre season, including a revival of Tommy

    Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

    "One highlight is a 30th anniversary revival of The Who’s Tommy, helmed by its original director Des McAnuff, along with the rest of the original creative team, and likely headed to Broadway..."

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  • August Wilson Legacy Project

    Announcing the “August Wilson Legacy Project” National Partnership

    The classic work of seminal American playwright August Wilson endures as a new partnership—the “August Wilson Legacy Project”—between the August Wilson Estate, Goodman Theatre and Derrick Sanders. This reimagination of the famed August Wilson Monologue Competition will establish Chicago as a Wilson Hub and invigorate the Pulitzer Prize Winner's work for a new generation. Now welcoming student applications!

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CELEBRATING 97 YEARS

Today's Goodman Theatre traces its roots back to the dream of multifaceted artist, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, who worked to open Chicago's first major theater and training program from drama students at the Chicago Art Institute.

Goodman's parents took up his cause after his death and in the fall of 1925, the Kenneth Sawyer Goodman Memorial Theatre opened its doors. Our Full History >

Visitor Info

Getting to the Goodman is easy.

Our central location is in close proximity to I-55, I-90/94, I-290 and Lake Shore Drive, as well as all major CTA rail lines and many bus routes. Multiple parking lots are located near the theater, and Goodman patrons have options for discounted parking rates. More help getting here.


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Frequently Asked Questions: We get these all the time; yours is probably here.

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Theater Services: Coat check, lost and found, emergency info.

Accessibility: We strive to make performances and facilities accessible to all patrons.