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The Goodman Theatre
The Goodman Theatre

The Goodman Theatre is a theater in Chicago's Loop, and part of Chicago theatre. It is Chicago's oldest currently-active nonprofit organization. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 310 KB) Summary The Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 310 KB) Summary The Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle — indeed... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... The Loop is what locals call the historical center of downtown Chicago. ... The Chicago Theatre The Chicago Theatre is a famous theater landmark in the city of Chicago, Illinois. ...


The Goodman was founded in 1925 as a tribute to the Chicago playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, who had died of pneumonia in 1918. The theater was funded by Goodman's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William O. Goodman, who donated USD$350,000 to the Art Institute of Chicago to establish a professional repertory company and a school of drama at the Institute. The theater was designed by the architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, although its design was severely hampered by location restrictions resulting in a lack of space for scenery and effects and poor acoustics. 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the microscopic, alveoli (air-filled sacs) responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere become inflamed and flooded with fluid. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the premier art educational facilities in the United States. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into theatre. ... Acoustics is a branch of physics and is the study of sound, mechanical waves in gases, liquids, and solids. ...


The opening ceremony on October 20, 1925, featured three of Kenneth Sawyer Goodman's plays: Back of the Yards, The Green Scarf, and The Game of Chess. The theater presented its first public performance on October 22, 1925, with John Galsworthy's The Forest. October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... October 22 is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 70 days remaining. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... John Galsworthy (August 14, 1867 – January 31, 1933) was an English novelist and playwright. ...


The theater struggled for many years with financial problems and resignations of directors. In 2000, the company moved into its new building at 170 N. Dearborn (just north of Randolph Street) in Chicago's theater district. It has two fully-modern auditoriums, named the 'Albert' and the 'Owen' after two further members of the Goodman family, who continue to be major donors.


Trivia

After his death in 1999, comedian Del Close donated his skull to the Goodman Theatre for use in Hamlet productions on the condition that he should receive credit in the program as Yorick. Del Close Del Close (born March 9, 1934, in Manhattan, Kansas; died March 4, 1999), along with Keith Johnstone and Viola Spolin, is considered one of the premier influences on improvisational theater. ... A detail of the engraving of Daniel Maclises 1842 painting The Play-scene in Hamlet, portraying the moment when the guilt of Claudius is revealed. ...


The skull resides in the office of Goodman artistic director Robert Falls.


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  • Official website

 
 

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