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Do You Agree with Carlyle?

  1. Oak Park Susan

    April 2, 2016 10:07 pm

    Fun play! All should see it.

  2. Rebecca

    April 3, 2016 5:08 pm

    Great production! So much better than I expected. Sommehow your promotional material is off the mark on this play. You are not going to capture the audience you should be targeting unless you get great word of mouth. Your ads are not going to work.

  3. M Troche

    April 3, 2016 5:47 pm

    This was a hilarious outstanding production! Thank you! I have truly enjoyed this season where the Goodman has experimented with technology and form, has pushed the envelope on a number of social & political topics, and has embraced diversity on so many levels (e.g., race, class, religion, political affiliation). While I did not/can not agree with Carlyle on the political issues above-mentioned (in the poll), I appreciated seeing his journey and how he arrived to his decisions/opinions. As a sociologist, I appreciated his use of a sociological lens to justify his positions. Good job! Thank you.

  4. Cairn

    April 4, 2016 5:23 am

    So well written and acted. I was still laughing on my way home. Timely subject matter. Nice surprises. Enjoyed it!

    • Nancelia

      April 9, 2016 8:02 am

      Awesome play!!

  5. Laura

    April 9, 2016 10:02 am

    Really enjoyed the production. Found it quite thought provoking as well as funny and entertaining. Is there a way to purchase the script? I would like to read it in order to better have more time to think about he issues raised… well as to share some of these ideas with folks who are unlikely to ever be able to a see this play. (e.g. folks who live in another state)

    • Goodman Theatre

      April 11, 2016 11:37 am

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you so much for joining us! So glad you enjoyed Carlyle. Unfortunately since this is a world premiere play, the script for Carlyle has not been published. But we do have a short excerpt if you’d like to share that. Read it here >>

  6. Matthew

    April 9, 2016 12:07 pm

    Fantastic play! both well written and performed exceptionally.
    Fantastic job by all and much thanks! More people should watch!

  7. Bubbs

    April 11, 2016 10:26 am

    Enjoyed the show; however, it should have been a little longer covering more detail. A timely subject during this Political Season. Well done and kept our interest throughout. Great job!!!!

  8. Miguel

    April 11, 2016 4:30 pm

    Garbage, at best, and as clever as the brain dead, IMHO.

    Read the notes and the play lived up to none of the stated intents/goals.

    Childish humor, reinforced stereotypes, lack of originality/creativity. Made fun/fools of the characters under the guise of seriously exploring a “phenomenon” (I am being vague so I do not have to issue a spoiler alert). Would appeal to persons who typically consider certain groups as their protected pets.

    Cast was just fine and did okay with the drivel they were compelled to say. A waste of the talent. Sigh.

    If it is mediocre/lousy theatre you seek, this is the play for you. As bad as an SNL skit, only much longer.

  9. Patricia Arnold

    April 11, 2016 10:36 pm

    The hilarity! The profundity! The surprises and “Did he just say what I think he said?” moments! Thomas Bradshaw’s “Carlyle” delivered non-stop fun at a time when politics has become non-stop frightening. Kudos to Director Benjamin Kamine, the brilliant cast, and of course, the Goodman. Your comedic timing was perfect! Loved every minute.

  10. Lois Berger

    April 12, 2016 10:20 am

    As a devout Democrat, I got a lesson about the Republican credo. The play gave me ideas to think about, and made some interesting points, especially about affimative action
    However, I am still a devout Democrat! Of course, the actors were wonderful and James Earl Jones II was perfect. Another great Goodman production.

  11. Rae

    April 17, 2016 7:45 am

    Great play! Had plenty of “made you think moments.” That James Earl Jones guy, GREAT JOB!

  12. Andrea

    April 17, 2016 4:20 pm

    Great play. Very topical. We found it a great statement the the racially mixed audience could laugh together at some of the ironies, stereotypes, and yes, nonsense, that the play brought to light. Kudos to the playwright and the actors!

  13. Sharon Purevich

    April 18, 2016 8:42 am

    I loved the play. Some of the points made were thought provoking and some were poking fun. How can anyone not like Carlyle!

  14. Aspasia Adamopoulos

    April 18, 2016 12:01 pm

    Great production. Great ideas to think about. Mind twister.
    Only problem, sex scenes. I had hard time watching with my 25-year old son and his girlfriend next to me.
    I would like to bring my 18-year old son, but I now I can’t.

  15. Henry Palmer

    April 21, 2016 11:15 pm

    I agree w/ Aspasia. The sex scenes added nothing, were distasteful and were unnecessary. What was the point? Not particularly moving as drama and not fully enjoyable as comedy, a rather uncomfortable mix. Definitely provocative but spread thin rather than deep. “It’s about class not race” theme is what resonated with me most and seems most relevant to our time. But what I liked the most was the terrific acting.

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