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Normally I don't recommend a play with a Critic's Choice until after I've had a chance to write my long review for section one. This Critic's Choice is appearing before the full-length review. Does that suggest an unusual degree of enthusiasm on my part? I hope so. Goodman Theatre's The Iceman Cometh is great. Excessively great. Great in its excess. Four and a half hours of an obsessed poet named Eugene O'Neill, doing everything any dramaturge would tell him he absolutely can't do and coming out of it standing firmly on his two dark, transcendent feet. If this were just a play it would be wildly misshapen and repetitive and wordy; but this isn't just a play: It's the truth. And therefore perfect . . . Goodman Theatre, through November 4. Wednesdays-Fridays, 7 PM; Saturday, September 29 and October 6, 7 PM; Saturday, October 13 through November 3, 1:30 PM; Sunday, September 30 through October 14, 7 PM; Sunday, October 21 through November 4, 1:30 PM; Tuesday, October 2 and 23, 1:30 PM; Tuesday, October 9, 16, and 30, 7 PM; Thursday, September 27, 1:30 PM. No 7 PM performances Thursday, September 27, or Wednesday, October 24. $19-$32.

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