Ah, Wilderness!

Jun 17 - Jul 23, 2017 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including one intermission

  • "Perfect for [this] time of year"— Chicago Tribune

This summer, relive the fireworks of first-time love!

On July 4, fireworks aren’t the only flames burning for 16-year-old Richard Miller—whose passion for poetry is rivaled only by affection for Muriel, the girl of his dreams. When her father forbids the young couple from dating, Richard embarks on an evening of unexpected rebellion. Eugene O’Neill’s "warm-hearted, welcome dose of love and laughter" (Los Angeles Times) delightfully captures the bliss, adventure and angst of young romance.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.


It's Love, Not Liquor, This Time. Ah, Wilderness! is a Summertime Romp-Eugene O'Neill-Style

But Ah, Wilderness! won't fit anybody's preconceptions of O'Neill-the "father of American drama" best known for his towering works Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Iceman Cometh. But as Nat (Randall Newsome), the patriarch of the Miller family at the heart of the play, says, "It's love, not liquor, this time."

Press & Reviews

Growing up with the Millers in O'Neill's comedy 'Ah, Wilderness!'

If there is a practicing alcoholic or addict in your family when you're a kid, you're better off when the boozer is your uncle rather than your dad or mom. If it's your drunk uncle, he can be fun. If it's your mom or dad, fun generally is not the first emotion recalled in your memoirs.

Ah, Wilderness!

The Goodman takes O'Neill's aberrantly warm family comedy down from the shelf for an affable revival. For Chicago theatergoers, it might be a little jarring to see Eugene O'Neill in a good mood. We're used to somber renderings of O'Neill's grand tragedies, frequently featuring Brian Dennehy.

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

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

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

Audio Described performance: Saturday, July 15 at 2pm
Blind and low vision patrons receive a headset for one ear that allows them to listen to a description of the key visual elements of a performance while still hearing the actors. These descriptions are inserted into natural pauses in the show. 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: July 15 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: Saturday, July 22 at 2pm

For hard of hearing or deaf patrons, 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: Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30pm

ASL interpreters are located near the stage for deaf patrons seated in an area of the theater that gives the best sight lines to follow the interpretation and the action on stage. 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).

Watch a signed summary of Ah, Wilderness!


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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