1939:Eugene O'Neill writes "The Iceman Cometh," an epic American play set in Harry Hope's New York bar. It premieres on Broadway in 1946.
1986: Brian Dennehy plays the lead in Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls' production of "Galileo," the first of many collaborations.
1990: Dennehy is Hickey in Falls' first staging of "Iceman Cometh," the beginning of Falls' preoccupation with O'Neill at the Goodman. It's produced again at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1992.
1999: Dennehy wins a Tony Award as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," directed by Falls and originating at the Goodman.
2003: Another Tony for a Falls-directed Dennehy, this time for O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night," which also wins for best revival.
2004: "Hughie" is the next Falls-Dennehy-O'Neill outing (remounted in 2010).
2009: The Goodman Theatre puts on The O'Neill Festival in January, with eight plays and headlined by "Desire Under the Elms," starring Dennehy. "Desire Under the Elms" opens on Broadway later in the spring to mostly positive reviews but is passed over by the Tonys.
2012: "The Iceman Cometh" is again at the Goodman, starring Nathan Lane as Hickey and Dennehy as former anarchist Larry Slade.Copyright © 2015, RedEye