By Sanaz Toossi
Directed by Hamid Dehghani


“A brilliant piece of writing.”
Chicago Tribune

May 10 – June 16, 2024 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 1 hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission


Extended by Popular Demand

This smash Off-Broadway hit and Obie Award-winning “rich new play, contemplative and comic” (New York Times‘ Critics’ Pick) makes its Chicago premiere.

“English Only.” Four adult students in Karaj, Iran are studying for the Test of English as a Foreign Language—the key to their green card, medical school admission or family reunification. Chasing fluency through a maze of word games, listening exercises and show-and-tell sessions, they hope that one day, English will make them whole. But it might be splitting them each in half.

A Co-Production with Guthrie Theater

English is recommended for ages 12+ 

ENGLISH contains adult language and themes of prejudice and discrimination.


“It was a very emotionally impactful play.” Audiences are raving about English. On stage through June 16, don’t miss your chance to experience the “story that’s for everybody.”

English production photo. Photo: Liz Lauren

English production photo. Photo: Liz Lauren

English production photo. Photo: Liz Lauren

English production photo. Photo: Liz Lauren

English production photo. Photo: Liz Lauren

English is ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (out of 4), “deeply moving” (Chicago Tribune) and extended by popular demand through June 16!

The cast celebrates their Persian heritage through shared laughter and warm memories.

Listen up: A special invitation from the director of English in Farsi!

“This play is so personal to me.” English director Hamid Dehghani explores the impact this Pulitzer Prize-winning play has had on his life and why Chicago audiences will love it too.

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