the iceman cometh
The Iceman Cometh is one of those plays from the American canon whose name evokes a pretty specific theatrical mood and style.
The Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker has offered a series of diverse and astounding star performances in films. Thus, he is not just another movie star stopping over on Broadway for a limited engagement.
It all came to a head when a director called him an "ass."
Can a great play also be not entirely good? I ask this because the question kept wandering around my head as I watched and listened to--and watched and listened to and watched and listened to--Robert Falls's 2012 production of Eugene O'Neill's (classic?) The Iceman Cometh for Chicago's Goodman Theatre. It's finally reached the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
So, kudos to the Endangered Species Project for taking on this and other less visible projects on behalf of the Seattle community
Chicago truly is an amazing theatre town -- especially now, where we have two epic plays receiving landmark productions, and I've been lucky to see both of them.