Jan 14 - Feb 19, 2017 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours including one intermission

  • ★★★★” (out of 4)— Chicago Tribune

Get ready for the play that will have everyone talking: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' explosive Pulitzer Prize finalist Gloria.

Style. Status. Success. A group of twentysomething editorial assistants are pursuing it all at one of New York’s most esteemed cultural magazines. When a seemingly normal day at the office turns out to be anything but, these aspiring journalists recognize an opportunity to seize a career-defining moment. In this dark comedy, MacArthur "Genius" grant winner Jacobs-Jenkins skewers the cutthroat, opportunistic culture of modern media.


Goodman Theatre presents The Vineyard Theatre’s acclaimed world premiere production.


A Conversation with Gloria Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Shortly before the world premiere of Gloria, the Vineyard Theatre's Miriam Weiner sat down with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to discuss his play. Miriam Weiner: What was the seed idea for Gloria? Branden Jacobs-Jenkins: I was living in Germany for a couple years beginning in 2010 and right before I was about to move back to the U.S.

Why Gloria? A Note from the Artistic Director

As I look at the plays produced by theaters in Chicago and across the country, it is clear to me that we are now in a sort of "golden age" of American playwriting, led by a host of new young writers bringing their considerable talents to our stages.

Press & Reviews

Review: Rising up from their cubicles in brilliant 'Gloria' at the Goodman Theatre

In the lobby of a theater the other day, an acquaintance of mine observed that the only good thing about the rise to power of Donald J.

Review: 'Gloria,' at the Vineyard Theater, Looks at a Toxic Workplace

Anyone who's ever worked for a big Manhattan magazine will find much to savor and shudder over in "Gloria," Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's whip-smart satire of fear and loathing in a beleaguered industry under siege, which opened on Wednesday night at the Vineyard Theater.

'Gloria' is one of the fiercest plays you'll see this year

It's not just "Game of Thrones" that boasts jaw-dropping shockers - the new play "Gloria" has such a fantastic moment, it's killing me that I can't spill the beans. All you need to know is that the bitingly funny and fierce "Gloria" is one of the year's best shows.

'Gloria': Theater Review

To say that the new play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins starts in one direction and then goes somewhere completely different is an understatement. This latest effort by the 30-year-old author of such acclaimed works as Appropriate, Neighbors and An Octoroon begins as a sharply observed satirical comedy depicting the tensely humorous interactions among a group of ambitious young editorial assistants at a magazine bearing no small resemblance to the New Yorker.

Off Broadway Review: 'Gloria' by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

If Sartre were writing today, he might set one of his plays in the Manhattan offices of a national magazine with cultural pretensions, a living hell depicted in all its chic horror by playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins in "Gloria."


Print-media worker bees are a miserable hive of ambition and self-involvement in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's cunningly structured Gloria, set in the office of a once-great magazine that has been running on fumes for years. The editorial assistants-Dean (Ryan Spahn), Kendra (Jennifer Kim) and Ani (Catherine Combs)-are stymied and small-spirited.

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 program.

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

Audio Described performance: Saturday, February 11 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: February 11 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, February 18 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, February 15 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 an ASL summary of Gloria.


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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