Theatre: Chicago Quandary

Five years ago William O. Goodman, Chicago lumber magnate, gave the Art Institute a theatre in memory of his son Kenneth, amateur playwright, who died in November 1918. The Goodman Theatre, built below ground level behind the Art Institute to leave the South Parkway lake frontage unobstructed, cost $300,000 and was endowed with $150,000. When Thomas Wood Stevens, then head of Carnegie Institute's drama department, was placed in full command of the enterprise, artistic Chicagoans were delighted, predicted great things for the Goodman Theatre and creative stagecraft in Chicago. Week before...

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