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Diane Lane at the Goodman Theatre
Photo by Liz Lauren for the Goodman Theatre.

Diane Lane has the tortured onscreen relationship down pat; for proof, settle in for a brilliantly uncomfortable re-watch of her turn as an adulterous wife in 2002?s Unfaithful.

Lane easily makes our list of all-time favorite actresses (on a rainy afternoon, cue Under the Tuscan Sun), making it all the more exciting that for her first stage role since 1989, she?s starring in the Goodman Theatre?s just-opened production of the Tennessee Williams play Sweet Bird of Youth.

As someone who makes no bones about her age, Lane is an inspired pick for the part; she plays Princess Kosmonopolis, a fading Hollywood legend on the lam from a box-office flop with her much younger gigolo boyfriend (played by Broadway?s Finn Wittrock). The pair?s relationship is less than stable, given the fact that he?s using his benefactress in a ploy to land a film role for himself--and also to win back an old girlfriend.

In a teaser video for the play, Lane calls the situation between the aging actress and the young man ?not pretty?not even kind.? But as Chicago audiences can see, through October 25, Lane herself is as beautiful as ever.

Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St.; 312-443-3800 or goodmantheatre.org

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