Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, has won international renown for the quality of productions, the depth and diversity of artistic leadership, and the excellence of its many community and educational programs. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the Goodman is committed to producing both classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions. Central to that mission is the Goodman Artistic Collective, a diverse group of outstanding theater artists whose distinctive visions have given the Goodman an artistic identity of uncommon richness and variety. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity, and community—Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.
Goodman Theatre, recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, is internationally recognized for its artists, productions and educational programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the Goodman is committed to producing classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions.
Goodman Theatre was established in July 1922, by a gift of $250,000 from William and Erna Goodman to the Art Institute of Chicago for the purpose of building a theater to memorialize their son, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman. Before his death at the age of 35 in the influenza epidemic of 1918, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman had written, published and produced a number of plays in non-commercial productions in Chicago, and had expressed his vision of an ideal theater, one that would combine professional training with the highest possible performance standards.
This is a very good theatre space for the audience. They let people in to the lobby further ahead of curtain than most downtown theaters and there are places to sit. You can get a drink without waiting in a long line. We get a box which is comfortable. The shows vary from quite good to weird but most are at least different and not just second runs of what was in New York two or more years ago. Prices with a subscription are cheap for professional theater and the acting is definitely professional. The stage seems small to me and I don't know how well the players like it. We're signed up for another season.
For 2 years running not a single show I regretted seeing. View of the stage is very good from any seat in the house.
Very helpful staff.. concessions are shockingly inexpensive and high quality . High quality productions .all seats are good even back row has high visibility and good sound
Lots of great productions here. Located in the northern part of downtown its a great spot for tourists and locals. They have a very nice space and have done many different plays here. They continually bring in new shows and performances so keep checking back if you don't see something you like right away.
It's my favourite theater so far. I've seen Uncle Vamya and King of Yees here. You can watch performance from any seat and it will be fine.