"Beautifully lyrical"
– CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

October 5 - November 3, 2013 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 1 hour 56 minutes with one intermission

This lyrical new work from “formidably talented” (The New Yorker) playwright Noah Haidle explores the passage of time and the fleeting pleasures of life through three generations of a Midwestern family. 

Change is in the air as Violet prepares to bring twin boys into the world. Inside her womb, her unborn sons contemplate their future, while outside her body her world is in transformation: her husband is secretly planning to leave her, her father is slipping into senility and her daughter has taken a vow of silence. Smokefall spans the lives of this family in an expansive poetic treatise on the fragility of life and the power of love.

 

 

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Artists

By NOAH HAIDLE, Directed by ANNE KAUFFMAN

Cast

CATHERINE COMBS - Beauty
ANNE FOGARTY - Voice of Lenore
KATHERINE KEBERLEIN - Violet
GUY MASSEY - Footnote, Fetus Two
MIKE NUSSBAUM - Colonel
ERIC SLATER - Daniel, Fetus One

Creative Team and Crew

KEVIN DEPINET - Scenic Design
ANA KUZMANIC - Costume Design
DAVID WEINER - Lighting Design
LINDSAY JONES - Sound Design
JOSEPH DRUMMOND - Production Stage Manager

Critical Praise
  • ★★★★ (out of 4)

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "One of the best plays of the year"

    - Newcity

  • "Gorgeous"

    - Chicago Reader

  • "Not-to-be-missed"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "The cast is a marvel"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Extraordinary performances"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "An epic of the human heart"

    - Chicago Reader

  • "Enchanting"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Poetic"

    - Time Out Chicago

  • Haidle "writes about the ordinary like no one else"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Flawless direction [by] Anne Kauffman"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

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