"A deeply moving meditation on hope, change and despair"
– The New York Times

Apr 10 - May 10, 2020 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

“And what sort of world did you expect, Mrs. Sweeney?” - Mr. Rice, Act II

In this riveting exploration of triumph and loss, master storyteller Brian Friel—“a towering figure of the stage, from Dublin to Broadway” (The Guardian)—reveals the unexpected consequences of a modern medical miracle. Having lost her sight at infancy, Molly agrees to an operation that could restore her fifth sense. But is it she who benefits most—or her hopeful husband, or her ambitious doctor? Robert Falls directs a major revival of this “astonishing, highly entertaining, deeply moving meditation on hope, change and despair” (The New York Times).

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  • Molly Sweeney is appropriate for ages 14 and up. Contains adult themes. For more information contact the box office at 312.443.3800 (open daily 12noon to 5pm).

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Critical Praise
  • "An astonishing work, one that acutely examines its characters and asks us to make similar observations of ourselves"

    - The New York Times

  • "Three achingly poignant character studies"

    - Variety

  • "A highly entertaining play, often delivering laughs while posing questions"

    - The New York Times

  • "Beautifully composed"

    - Variety

  • "A deeply moving meditation on hope, change and despair"

    - The New York Times

  • A "brooding meditation on sight and blindness, loss and redemption"

    - Variety

  • Brian Friel

    Brian Friel Playwright

  • Robert Falls

    Robert Falls Director

  • Brendan Coyle

    Brendan Coyle Frank Sweeney

  • Christopher Donahue

    Christopher Donahue Mr. Rice

  • Kate Fry

    Kate Fry Molly Sweeney

  • Maura Kidwell

    Maura Kidwell Understudy

  • Guy Massey

    Guy Massey Understudy

  • Doug McDade

    Doug McDade Understudy

  • Todd Rosenthal

    Todd Rosenthal Set Designer

  • Noël Huntzinger

    Noël Huntzinger Costume Designer

  • Eric Southern

    Eric Southern Lighting Designer

  • Richard Woodbury

    Richard Woodbury Sound Designer/ Composer

  • Nikki Blue

    Nikki Blue Production Stage Manager

  • Adam Belcuore

    Adam Belcuore Casting

  • Lauren Port

    Lauren Port Casting

  • Neena Arndt

    Neena Arndt Dramaturg

  • Benjamin Gould

    Benjamin Gould Directing Apprentice

  • Megan Turnquist

    Megan Turnquist Assistant Lighting Designer

Talks & Events
  • Drinks & Discussion Events

    Drinks & Discussion Events

    Throughout the run

    Enhance your theater-going experience with one of our Drinks & Discussion Series events! Stay after select performances for a Post-Show Discussion and a complimentary glass of wine.



Join us for any of the following accessible performances.

Questions? Please contact 312.443.3800 (voice), 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD) or email Access@GoodmanTheatre.org.

Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour and Audio-Described Performance - $20 with code AUDIO
Sunday, April 19
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance

American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance - $20 with code SIGN
Saturday, May 9 at 2pm

Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance - $20 with code OPEN
Sunday, May 3 at 2pm

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