Chuck Smith, Charles Smith, and a South Side Friendship / by Jerald Pierce

Around Chicago theatre it can be necessary to be certain which Smith you’re talking about. Sure, they both grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and they’ve both worked for some time in local theatre at its highest levels, including at the Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, and the Court Theatre. But they’re not brothers, let alone the same person. In person there can be no mistaking them, of course, due to their obvious differences in age, height, and coloring. But if you’ve only seen their names in a playbill or a review you may need to be advised that Chuck Smith serves as a resident director at the Goodman, and Charles Smith is a playwright who currently teaches at Ohio University.

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