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CBYC Review: “Another Word for Beauty”

Now at the Goodman Theatre and under the direction of Steve Cosson, José Rivera’s Another Word for Beauty is not the world’s greatest production—nor is it supposed to be. Instead, this play is a glimpse into the lives of the incarcerated women of El Buen Pastor Prison in Colombia as they compete in its annual…

CBYC Review: “Another Word for Beauty”

Beauty pageants occur in a prison called Buen Pastor in, Bogotá Colombia where young and older woman have the dream to win this incredible beauty pageant. Many women in Colombia are involved with the civil war that's in the process, and with drug dealers. They traffic drugs by swallowing capsules of drugs or by faking…

CBYC Review: “Another Word for Beauty”

What can possibly be entertaining about a beauty pageant in a women’s prison? The answer is: Everything! Informative details about a country not so far away, emotional scenes that bring tears to your eyes, and a plot so funny you can’t help but feel joy are all of the things Another Word for Beauty has…

CBYC Review: “Another Word for Beauty”

If someone asked me for another word for beauty, I would say enchantment. However, if someone asked me for another word for the Goodman Theatre’s production of Another Word for Beauty, I would have to say ordeal. Now don’t get me wrong, the show was not entirely horrible. It had strong roots in an issue…

CBYC Review: “Another Word for Beauty”

Explicit, provocative, misunderstood...Colombia. In this cultural explosion of a play “Another Word for Beauty,” playwright Jose Rivera takes the audience, in the Goodman Theatre through the tough, segregated life within Buen Pastor, a women’s prison, with the help of some Latin tunes and scattered flashbacks of how the women ended up in prison in the…

CBYC Review: “Another Word for Beauty”

If you’d like to see a reflection of popular media as a musical play, then Another Word for Beauty is the perfect play to watch! Playwright by José Rivera’s Another Word for Beauty, is based on an actual Colombian prison where there is an annual beauty pageant; five girls compete every year to win the…

CBYC Review: “Another Word for Beauty”

Disturbing and enjoyable, how can a play be both? “Another Word for Beauty” by Jose Rivera encapsulates feelings of joy, happiness, vulnerability and fear all in one performance. Drawing in diverse audiences, the Goodman sets out to show the city of Chicago how life differs not only in another country, but in a women’s prison.…

CBYC Review: “Another Word for Beauty” Answers the Question, “How Much is Too Much?”

Entering the Goodman Theatre’s production of “Another Word for Beauty”, purposefully knowing nothing, it seemed impossible for playwright José Rivera’s newest work to disappoint. But, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and this play certainly had a Will, and a Yolanda and a Xiomara and countless other characters and themes that were impossible to…

Providing a Platform for Incarcerated Mothers: Goodman Theatre Partners with Chicago’s Visible Voices

(Originally published January 5, 2016) During the annual beauty pageant in Colombia’s Buen Pastor Prison at the center of José Rivera’s Another Word for Beauty, the competing female inmates not only show off their flashy gowns and dance moves onstage, but they reveal intimate, harrowing details about their own lives and the circumstances that led…