★★★½ (out of 4)

— Chicago Tribune

"The triumph of the Chicago theatrical season"

— The Times Weekly

May 5 - Jun 10, 2018 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 2 hours, including one intermission

"Life is short. It's up to you to make it sweet." — Sadie Delany

Trailblazers, activist, and best friends, the Delany sisters — 103-year-old Sadie and Bessie, age 101 — take us on a "provacative and entertaining" (The New York Times) journey of triumphs over prejudice in times of social unrest. Celebrate the story of a century as lived by "two strong, vibrant women dispensing joy and wisdom" (Chicago Tribune) in this funny and heartfelt family drama base don the bestselling memoir.

Adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth



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ELLA JOYCE - Bessie Delany
MARIE THOMAS - Sadie Delany

Creative Team and Crew

LINDA BUCHANAN - Scenic Design
JOHN CULBERT - Lighting Design
RAY NARDELLI - Sound Design
MIKE TUTAJ - Projection Design
NEENA ARNDT - Dramaturg
- Casting
 - Production Stage Manager
NIKKI BLUE - Stage Manager

Critical Praise
  • ★★★½ (out of 4)

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "The triumph of the Chicago theatrical season"

    - The Times Weekly

  • "Captivating"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Exqusite"

    - Daily Herald

  • "A glorious journey through two sisters' remarkable lives"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "The show's spirit of inclusion and generosity warms the heart"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "One can't help but be swept up in this compelling look at history through the memories of these two resilient women"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Chuck Smith's delightful revival couldn't be more intimate"

    - Stage and Cinema

  • "A captivating production filled with love"

    - Chicago Theatre Review

  • "Compelling true-life story"

    - Daily Herald

  • "If you've not heard the Delany sisters have their say before, they'll charm you for sure"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "There is nothing not to love about this play"

    - PerformInk

  • "Warm and rich"

    - Daily Journal

Audience Response
  • "Ella Joyce and Marie THomas were superb in their acting. The play was engaging, humorous, and with such rich history. I would recommend this play."

    Sharon J. via Facebook

  • "The Broadway adaptation of my first book, the N.Y. Times Bestseller 'Having Our Say,' is enjoying a terrific revival at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The wit and wisdom of the Delany Sisters lives on!"

    @AmyHillHearth via Twitter

  • "Fabulous! Fabulous! FABULOUS!"

    Joy D. via Facebook

  • "Loved it! Great historical story telling!!! So much information. The actors were excellent!!"

    Francine B. via Facebook

  • "Don't miss this wonderful show!! These ladies are SO amazing. THe two of them just captivate and inspire the entire time they are on stage!!! Go see it!!"

    Maeve D. via Facebook

  • "If you are in the Chicago area, don't miss Ella Joyce in HAVING OUR SAY at the Goodman. You need to go."

    @kellyworking via Twitter

  • "I learned a lot and laughed a lot. Thank you for a nice Thursday afternoon."

    Edie G. via Facebook