"So clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts"
– The New York Times

Sept 14 - Oct 20, 2019 in Goodman's Albert Theatre


“It is delightful to undress a man, and find a woman inside." - Edmond, Act I, Scene ii

High humor and human drama collide in a rollicking comedy “so clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts” (The New York Times). In 1899, legendary leading lady Sarah Bernhardt’s decision to assume the title role of Shakespeare’s Hamlet left critics and patriarchs aghast and indignant. Laced with forbidden romance and backstage gossip, this behind-the-scenes look at Bernhardt’s most ambitious role is a “dynamic character study” (Variety) of one of the most famous actresses—and infamous divas—in the world.

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Critical Praise
  • "A muscular comedy about a woman unbound"

    - The New York Times

  • "A dynamic character study"

    - Variety

  • "Expressive and provocative"

    - BroadwayWorld

  • "Brimming with ideas and saucy banter"

    - Observer

  • A "spirited, funny new play"

    - Deadline

  • "So clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts"

    - The New York Times

  • Features a "dash of sardonic humor"

    - Variety

  • Filled with "witticisms galore"

    - Deadline

  • "A love letter to the theater"

    - The New York Times

  • A "truthful comedy"

    - BroadwayWorld

  • A "breakneck backstage comedy"

    - The New York Times

  • "One of the most thrilling endings I've seen in years"

    - The New York Times


Join us for any of the following accessible performances.

Questions? Please contact 312.443.3800 (voice), 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD) or email Access@GoodmanTheatre.org.

Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour and Audio-Described Performance
Saturday, October 12
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance

American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30pm

Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance
Saturday, October 19 at 2pm

Season Lineup

2019/2020 Season

Join us for a season of visionary work featuring fresh and energetic voices—eight plays with the power to entertain, challenge and fearlessly reflect our world.

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