Goodman Theatre in Chicago Concludes with the David Mamet Festival

Scenes from Romance at Goodman Theatre

If you hurry, you can still catch part of the David Mamet Festival. There are still five opportunities available and one of them is free with required reservations. The festival began in March and comes to a close on April 23 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Remaining programs include: three programs of one-act plays, April 20 at 7:30 pm, April 22 at 2:00 pm and April 23 at 2:00 pm and two events on April 21. Romance can be seen at 8:00 p.m. Price $15-$35. Mamet Slam begins at 10:30 pm (doors open at 10:00 pm). This is a first, a one-time-only late-night performance in the Owen Theatre featuring short scenes, monologues and write-alike contest finalist scripts performed by local companies and artists. All this is free with reservations. Box Office: 312-443-3800.

Kristin Chenoweth (credit Theo Wargo)

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Goodman Theatre was founded in 1925, and is Chicago's oldest and largest not-for-profit theater. It was founded as a tribute to the Chicago playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman who had died of pneumonia in 1918, by his parents Mr. and Mrs. William Goodman. They donated $350,000 to the Art Institute of Chicago to establish a professional repertory company and a school of drama at the Institute. In 2000, the company moved from the Art Institute to its new building in the theater district, at 170 N. Dearborn where there are two auditoriums, 'Albert' and 'Owen' after two further members of the Goodman family. The Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that contribute to the quality of life in the city. It is dedicated to three guiding principles quality, diversity, and community.


David Mamet

David Mamet's, sparse, clipped dialogue, has come to be known as 'Mametspeak'. He has produced 24 plays, 24 films, 5 books, and has won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. He has been an actor, director and teacher. He began his life in Flossmoor, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Goodman Theatre's Artistic Director, Robert Falls, talks about David Mamet. 'If there were a 'playwright laureate' for Chicago, it would be David Mamet. Although his nearly four decades of embraces a variety of subjects, settings and periods, his language and rhythms are still those of Clark Sttreet.

Sketches for Romance

 The Goodman was the birthplace of David's most significant early work, and I think it is only fitting that we be the first theater to honor the extraordinarily varied career of the extraordinarily passionate artist.' The program includes the Chicago premiere of his latest work, the no-holds-barred farce, 'Romance'. Steve Scott, The Goodman Theatre's associate producer, believes artists are the core of the theater and lead it in new directions. He is also excited about the festival format and sees the Goodman doing more of that kind of programming.

Plays by David Mamet

Among its various activities is the Annual Goodman Theatre Gala, Give Our Regards to Broadway, is Saturday, May 6, 2006. Kristin Chenoweth, of TV's The West Wing and Broadway's 'Wicked ' will sing songs from favorite Broadway musicals. It also features Lynne Jordan and the Shivers. Tickets are $500 and $1000. Contact Shawn Rodriguez -312.443. 3811 ext 586 or [email protected].

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