Joe Turner’s Come And Gone: A Cultural Gem Plays At The Goodman

A scene from August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come And Gone” (Credit Liz Lauren).

The stage is set for an unforgettable journey of self-discovery and resilience as Chuck Smith’s powerful revival of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” opens at the Goodman Theatre and extends its run through May 19.

This timeless masterpiece, brought to life by an all-Chicago cast, promises an evening of profound storytelling and soul-stirring performances.

At the heart of the play lies the enigmatic figure of Herald Loomis, portrayed with captivating intensity by the talented cast. Loomis embarks on a poignant odyssey searching for his estranged wife, yet his journey transcends mere physical distance. It becomes a soul-stirring quest where he must confront the fragments of his past and reconcile with his sense of self.

What sets this play apart is its seamless fusion of theatrical elements, from gripping dialogue to mesmerizing visuals. Every scene is meticulously crafted, drawing the audience into Loomis’s world with a magnetic pull. The set design, evocative of both the physical and metaphysical realms, is a stunning backdrop to the unfolding drama, enhancing the overall immersive experience.

Joe Turner's Come and Gone poster

But perhaps the true triumph lies in its thematic depth. As Loomis grapples with his heritage and wrestles with the ghosts of his past, the audience is compelled to reflect on their own journey of self-discovery. The narrative resonates on a universal level, urging viewers to confront their sense of identity and the transformative power of redemption.

Theatergoers have the opportunity to immerse themselves further in African-American culture by supporting local artisans at the “Hidden Gems” pop-up market. Hosted at the Alice Center for Education and Engagement, this vibrant event showcases a diverse array of arts and crafts, celebrating the rich tapestry of creativity within the community.

As Joe Turner’s Come and Gone continues its run at the esteemed Albert Theatre, audiences are invited to be part of an extension week filled with captivating performances. From May 16 to May 19, additional showings offer more opportunities to engage with this profound tale of resilience and redemption.

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is not just a theatrical production but a cultural gem that shines bright on the stages of Goodman Theatre. 

Through its compelling narrative, stellar performances and commitment to showcasing diverse voices, it stands as a testament to the transformative power of storytelling. Don’t miss your chance to experience this extraordinary journey of resilience and redemption. 

To secure your tickets and find more information, visit or phone at 312.443.3800.

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