The Matchmaker | Goodman Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Matchmaker The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 10 2016

Before there was Hello, Dolly!, there was Thornton Wilder's 1955 play The Matchmaker, the equally broad and corny romantic farce on which Jerry Herman's legendary musical is based. A miserly mogul turns to an old friend, a brassy socialite played by Kristine Nielsen, for relationship help in upstate 19th-century New York. A few modern tweaks—proactively diverse casting, sitar music, comedic interludes—do little to make the G-rated adventures feel like they haven't been ripped from a time capsule. Comedically, director Henry Wishcamper's women run laps around the men, particularly Marilyn Dodds Frank, who makes a meal out of an otherwise forgettable role. Without Herman's score, though, there's little left behind besides the beats of a children's play no child would have the patience to sit through. —Dan Jakes

Price: $24-$75

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