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Clyde's | Goodman Theatre


(out of 4)
Chicago Sun-Times

Sept 10 - Oct 16, 2022 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 1 hour and 35 minutes with no intermission

“Feisty comedy is on the menu” (Washington Post) in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s latest Broadway triumph.

Creating the perfect sandwich is the shared quest of the formerly incarcerated kitchen staff of Clyde’s, a truck stop cafe. Even as the shop’s mischievous owner tries to keep them under her thumb, the staffers are given purpose and permission to dream—finding that “sometimes a hero is more than a sandwich” (New York Times). This stirring, masterful play from the team of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and director Kate Whoriskey (Ruined, Sweat) makes its Chicago premiere after its Tony-nominated run on Broadway.

A co-production with Center Theatre Group.

Read Content Advisory Info
  • Clyde's is suggested for ages 13 and up. It contains adult language and adult themes. For more information contact the box office at 312.443.3800

Please Note: Masks are currently recommended, but not required, while in the theater. Policies may change based on prevailing medical guidance. Learn more about Goodman’s current Health and Safety Protocols at

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Contact the box office at 312.443.3800 (12noon - 5pm, daily).

Critical Praise

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • Danielle Davis "inhabits Clyde's wicked sense of humor impeccably"

    - BroadwayWorld

  • "A palate-pleasing opener for Goodman's season"

    - Chicago Reader


    - BroadwayWorld

  • "Nottage serves up a heaping helping of comedy"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "A Thoroughly Enjoyable...Lively Dark Comedy"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • a " poignant, ninety-minute, laugh-out-loud funny play"

    - Newcity

  • A "dynamic production... [Clyde's] gave me a lot to chew on for days"

    - Axios

  • Clyde's "kept the audience laughing throughout"

    - Splash Magazine

Audience Feedback
  • Humorous and heartwarming…the story also packs a relevant punch.

    Sophie C. via Facebook

  • Such a terrific show! Funny, poignant and about sandwiches! What more could you want?

    @lisawolf21963 via Instagram

  • It was fun, sassy, thoughtful, and everything in between.

    @ProfB20 via Twitter

  • One of the best shows I’ve seen in a while…Feel like I need to see it again!

    @mammabrodes via Instagram

Enhanced Performances

Join us for any of the following accessible & enhanced performances.

Questions? Please contact 312.443.3800 (voice), 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD) or email

Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour* and Audio-Described Performance
Saturday, October 8
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance
Use code AUDIO for $30 tickets

American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Friday, October 7 at 8pm
Use code SIGN for $30 tickets

Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance
Sunday, October 9 at 2pm
Use code OPEN for $30 tickets

Spanish Caption Spanish Subtitles Performance
Saturday, October 8 at 8pm
Use code SPANISH for $30 tickets

Learn More About Accessible & Enhanced Performances for Clyde's

*Touch Tours for the 2022/2023 Season will not have access to the stage due to current health and safety protocols, but will feature alternate pre-show sensory introductions.

Special Events
  • Clyde's College Night

    Clyde's College Night

    Thursday, October 6 at 6pm

    Join your fellow theater-loving college students for pizza and a play! A $10 ticket for Clyde’s college night includes a pre-show reception with all-you-can-eat pizza, soda, and a discussion with a featured cast member. 


Recommended Reads
  • Lynn Nottage Article

    Empathetic, Bright and Mosaic

    After achieving a New York theatrical hat trick, celebrated playwright Lynn Nottage returns to Chicago for her fifth Goodman collaboration. Read on for a deeper dive into the celebrated playwright's voice and viewpoint.


  • Alice Maguire interview

    You Want it to be Real for the Actors

    A few weeks before rehearsals began, Properties Supervisor Alice Maguire sat down with resident dramaturg Neena Arndt to discuss the ins and outs of putting food onstage.


Season Overview

Daring. Dynamic. Iconic. The 2022/2023 Season

Bold voices and vivid stories you won’t find anywhere else await you in our 2022/2023 Season. From world premieres to reimagined classics, a direct-from-Broadway smash hit and an epic revival of a Grammy Award-winning rock opera.


Clyde's Sponsors: "JP Mordan Chase & Co., Lead Corporate Sponsor. "Allstate, Major Corporate Sponsor"