The Matchmaker

March 5 - April 10, 2016 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission

Before the world fell in love with Hello, Dolly!, there was The Matchmaker

Cunning, crafty and thoroughly modern, Dolly Gallagher Levi knows a good catch when she sees one. So when the wealthy Horace Vandergelder hires her to find him a wife, Dolly doesn’t need to look far to find his perfect mate. The Matchmaker is an uproarious romp that reminds us to embrace the unexpected in our lives.

The Matchmaker is recommended for audiences age 12 and older.


A Brief History of Courtship and Matchmaking in America

Since Shakespeare's time, farcical romances featuring classic tropes like mistaken identity, love at first sight and couples breaking through society's class barriers have long been a favorite staple of theatergoers. And for good reason - for centuries, strategically planned marriages allowed the wealthy and elite to retain their social standing, property and family businesses for generations.

A Costume Designer's Perspective

For , costume designer Jenny Mannis performed significant research on the fashion styles of Yonkers and New York City leading up to the turn of the 20th century, the time period when the play is set. Mannis also found inspiration from the many stage and screen adaptations The Matchmaker has taken over the years.

A Different Kind of Matchmaking: Pairing Actors with Their Roles

"If Juliet is represented as a girl 'very like Juliet'.....moving about in a 'real' house with marble staircases, rugs, lamps and furniture, the impression is irresistibly conveyed that these events happened to this one girl, in one place, at one moment in time.

Talks & Events
low vision and blind services  PATRONS WHO ARE BLIND OF HAVE LOW VISION

Large print playbills: available to download in Microsoft Word format for all shows prior to a performance. Download the large print program.

Braille programs: available day of the performance from the Guest Services desk

Audio Described performance: April 2, 2016 at 2pm.
Tickets are $30. For access to reserved, discounted seating enter the promo code AUDIO when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

Touch Tour: April 2, 2016 at 12:30pm.
The tour will feature a 45-60 minute presentation detailing the set, costume and character elements for the performance. When reserving tickets please indicate how many people will be in your party for both the Touch Tour and the performance.


hearing impaired services


Assistive Listening Devices: Both the Albert and the Owen are equipped with FM frequency assistive listening devices. You may use your own headphones, or they will be provided for you. In addition, neck loops are available that are compatible with t-coil hearing aids. Devices are available at the Guest Services desk in the Goodman lobby. Assistive listening devices are offered free of charge, but a driver's license or valid ID is required as security.

Open Captioned Performance:  April 9, 2016 at 2pm. Tickets are $30.

An LED sign presents dialogue in sync with the performance.  For access to reserved, discounted seating enter the promo code OPEN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

American Sign Language Interpretation: March 23, 2016 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $30. To access reserved, discounted seating in the front five rows for a signed performance, enter the promo code SIGN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).


mobility services 


Goodman Theatre has accessible wheelchair/scooter locations in both the Albert and Owen* theaters.

Depending on your preferences, you can use the promo codes below to access special reserved seat locations when purchasing tickets online:

  • Enter promo code TRANSFER if you wish to transfer to a theater seat from your walker, wheelchair or scooter.
  • Enter promo code REMOVAL if you require a location where a seat can be removed for you to stay in your wheelchair/scooter while you watch the performance.

Please call ticket services at 312.443.3800 if you have questions or would like to purchase over the phone. All of our ticket representatives can assist you in finding a seat location to fit your needs.

Goodman Theatre has a wheelchair on site, which may be used to transport patrons to and from assigned seats. For use of the on-site wheelchair, contact house management at 312.443.3818.

*Although the Owen Theatre is a general admission house, accessible seats will be reserved for you on the seating level you purchase.

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