Avalanche of Albee Hits Chicago's Goodman on Sept. 20

News   Avalanche of Albee Hits Chicago's Goodman on Sept. 20 An autumn-length festival of the works of playwright Edward Albee will begin at Chicago's Goodman Theatre on Sept. 20, with the Chicago premiere of The Play About the Baby in the Owen Theatre space. Pam MacKinnon directs.

The cast includes Scott Antonucci (Boy), Julie Granata (Girl), Matt DeCaro (The Man) and Linda Kimbrough (The Woman).

The season in the larger Albert will begin on Sept. 27 with the Windy City debut of the Tony-winner, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, Albee's searing drama about a family floored when dad falls in love with the title animal. The dates are Sept. 27-Nov. 2. Robert Falls will helm the piece. Starring are Patrick Clear (Martin), William Dick (Ross); Barbara Robertson (Stevie) and Michael Stahl-David (Billy).

When the Goodman Theatre of Chicago first announced its 2003-04 season, that was the extent of their commitment to the Albee oeuvre. In early September, however, artistic director Robert Falls decided that wasn't nearly enough Albee for one year. Therefore, those two full-length plays will now be augmented by three programs of Albee one-acts.

The first, playing Oct. 21, Oct. 26 and Nov. 1, will include 1959's The Zoo Story, the lacerating play that made Albee's name, and 1960's lesser-known The Death of Bessie Smith. Lynn Bernatowitcz will direct the former, Chuck Smith the latter. The program will play the Owen stage.

Program Two, appearing on Oct. 23, Oct. 26 and Nov. 1, contains three plays: Box, an experimental work from 1968; The Sandbox, an early bit of absurdism from 1960; and Finding the Sun, a longer ensemble piece from 1983. Eric Rosen will direct all three at the Owen. Finally, Program Three will consist of a single work, 1987's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?-like Marriage Play, directed by Lou Contey. Dates are Oct. 25, Oct. 29 and Nov. 2 at the Owen.

The plays in Programs Two and Three were staged a decade ago by New York's Signature Theatre Company, when it devoted an entire season to the playwright and assisted greatly in resurrecting his then-flagging career.

In addition, Albee himself will take part in a panel with Robert Falls on Oct. 20 at 7 PM, at the Albert.

For tickets, call (312) 443-3800.