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

Postponed to the 2020/2021 Season 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


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