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 place is such a unique theater in middle of packed theater district. We saw Christmas Carol here and the structure of the theater lead to the set. It almost seems like something out of Harry Potter. The staff was also very nice and helpful. We saw a performance that was captioned which was such a neat experience. When purchased tickets for this show customer service contacted me to make sure everything was taken care of. That was a nice treat as well. Oh also our ticket featured discounted parking too. Nice all around!
Extremely entertaining 2017 version of The Christmas Carol. The special effects for the ghosts were just right for youngsters but still entertaining for my 50+just age group. The box office staff was friendly and efficient, and the ushers we're ready to answer questions from young and old. The facility is well laid out and clean. Looking forward to seeing another non-holiday play in the near future.
This is a great theater to see any show. It is intimate and the acoustics are very good. There really isn't a bad seat in the house. Their yearly production of A Christmas Carol is really wonderful and has become a family tradition for us.
We see "A Christmas Carol" just about every year here. Always an excellent experience. The light food and beverage selections are good. The shop has nice items. The ushers are polite and helpful. Everything about the Goodman is delightful.
Great venue for the performing arts. We were there for the performance of the Christmas Story, a perennial favorite. Great experience. A year later, we were back for the 40th annual run of the Christmas Story. As before, a great performance and a great experience. The place was decorated for the holidays and ready to lend holiday spirit to any to enjoy. Great staff, wonderful amenities at this not for profit facility. Enjoyable.