Goodman's Buzzed-About Desire Gets Extra Week; Gugino to Exit Feb. 17

News   Goodman's Buzzed-About Desire Gets Extra Week; Gugino to Exit Feb. 17
Goodman Theatre's visceral new production of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms, directed by Robert Falls and starring Brian Dennehy, will extend to March 1 in Chicago.
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Desire, also starring Pablo Schreiber and Carla Gugino as two-thirds of a love triangle, began previews Jan. 17 in the Goodman's 856-seat Albert Ivar Theatre. Gugino leaves the production Feb. 17, and her replacement will be announced. The production was previously announced to play to Feb. 22. Falls' cast also includes Boris McGiver ("The Wire") and Daniel Stewart Sherman (Broadway's Cyrano de Bergerac).

Added performances of Desire Under the Elms include Feb. 24 at 7:30 PM, Feb. 25 at noon and 7:30 PM, February 26 at 7:30 PM, Feb. 27 at 8 PM, Feb. 28 at 2 PM and 8 PM and March 1 at 2 PM.

The 1850-set naturalistic play shocked audiences when it first appeared on Broadway in 1924. A love triangle between an aging farmer, Ephraim Cabot (Dennehy), his young wife, Abbie (played by Carla Gugino), and his son, Eben (played by Pablo Schreiber), does not end happily.

Falls stated, "Desire Under the Elms is iconic. A highly passionate, shocking drama of three people tangled in lust and loathing, it's the first great tragedy from the writer who I consider to be the American Shakespeare — our country's greatest and most influential playwright. It was necessary for me to reinterpret this play with my longtime collaborator Brian Dennehy — who is considered by many to be one of the great O'Neill interpreters in the world — with two actors of remarkable depth and substance, Carla Gugino and Pablo Schreiber, to complete the devastating love triangle."

McGiver and Sherman play Eben's half-brothers.

Desire Under the Elms is performed in one act, spanning 100 minutes with no intermission. The production contains nudity.

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