The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?

By Edward Albee
Directed by James Bohnen
March 30 — May 8, 2011

Martin is the envy of men, with a hugely successful career, fulfilling marriage and well-adjusted teenage son. But just after his 50th birthday, he boils over, confessing a love affair that confounds him and shocks his family. Unwilling to give up, his wife Stevie drags every detail onto the living room floor. As their world shatters, the family presses on, battling for the Martin they love.

From the acclaimed author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, this 2002 Tony Award-Winning Best Play asks where love places the limits of forgiveness. Albee’s razor wit tears open taboos and brings laughs and levity to this intimate drama.


Annabel Armour, Stevie
Nick Sandys, Martin
Michael Joseph Mitchell, Ross
Will Allan, Billy



“[a] smart-eyed, no-nonsense, well-paced revival… Bohnen casts cleverly, and his smooth professionals do their things” *Critic’s Pick*
-Chicago Tribune

“4 STARS — Funny, gripping, heartbreaking, and in its final moments, shocking.”
–Chicagoland Theatre Reviews

“3½ STARS — Combines studied intellectualism and primal cries of anguish… I don’t think I’ve ever seen [Annabel] Armour any better…A very powerful, intimate treatment of one of Albee’s best plays.”
– Chicago Tribune

“One of the highlights of the theatrical year… The Goat is dazzling.”
-Catey Sullivan, The Examiner

“4 STARS — [Annabel] Armour is at the top of her game.”
– Time Out Chicago

“Do not miss your chance to see this ravaging masterpiece!”
– Chicago Stage Review

“A deeply unsettling exploration of what we mean when we talk about love. Surprisingly, surpassingly human.”
-Chicago Reader

“An erudite, funny, passionate show”
– NewCity

“Horrifying and hilarious, evoking shades of Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, …will make for engaging post-show dinner conversation.”
–Chicago Theater Addict


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