Goodman Theatre

Goodman Theatre
   Founded in 1925 as a memorial to Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, a promising playwright of Chicago's art and literary renaissance of the 1910s, the theatre was built on Lake Shore Drive behind Chicago's Art Institute. The design, by Howard Van Doren Shaw, was hampered by a city ordinance limiting the height of downtown buildings. Thus, much of the theatre, which also housed a drama school, was constructed underground. Its resident company thrived in repertory productions of original plays and classics. The Great Depression forced the termination of the company in 1930. The Goodman remained a drama school until the resident company was reestablished in 1969.

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