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Sunday, June 7, 2020

At Victory Gardens, boarded up windows turned into billboards for a theater artists’ protest by Chris Jones

At Victory Gardens, boarded up windows turned into billboards for a theater artists’ protest

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Friday, June 5, 2020
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Column: America’s great cities like Chicago are reeling. What must they do to assure their future? by Chris Jones

Peer into the near future and there is reason to fear for America’s great cities.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Jeff Awards committee postpones Non-Equity ceremony by Chris Jones

Jeff Awards committee postpones ceremony

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Monday, June 1, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Writers Theatre has big plans for 2020-21 season, including a return for David Cromer. Will they all happen, and when? by Chris Jones

No one knows if the next theater season will happen at all. For a good reason, Writers Theatre in Glencoe is announcing theirs anyway.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

At Steppenwolf, a change in executive directors in the midst of building its new theater by Chris Jones

Brooke Flanagan will become the new executive director of Steppenwolf Theatre in mid-July.

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Victory Gardens’ playwrights ensemble resigns in protest by Chris Jones

The move appears to stem from the decision of the theater not to hire a new artistic director.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

‘Smash, A New Musical’ is headed to Broadway, based on the NBC series by Chris Jones

The short-lived NBC series was about a Broadway musical in-the-making about Marilyn Monroe. No dates or theater has been announced for the Broadway opening.

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Evanston scholar Riad Ismat dies from COVID-19 — mourned by the Arab world as the brave former culture minister of Syria by Chris Jones

Mohammad Riad Hussain Ismat, 72, had a new life teaching at Northwestern and other Chicago-area universities. He is remembered as the former minister of culture of Syria.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Will Chicago be the out-of-town tryout for all of post-COVID Broadway? by Chris Jones

Will the lively pop-diva musical “Six” play at the Broadway Playhouse in November and be the test case for how touring stage musicals return?

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Zoom has turned us all into David Letterman, tapping on the screen by Chris Jones

Richard Nelson’s “The Apple Family: What Do We Need to Talk About?" on Zoom by New York's Public Theater really captures our moment.

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Broadway’s reopening date is just a guess at this point by Chris Jones

Broadway shows are officially off until Sept. 7, but it's likely the reopening will come much later.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Thanks to the drag of COVID-19, ‘Some Like It Hot’ musical will not now premiere in Chicago by Chris Jones

A high-profile Chicago tryout of "Some Like it Hot" falls victim to COVID-19.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

‘Frozen’ closes on Broadway, a popular show iced by COVID-19 by Chris Jones

The Disney musical's last performance was March 11, before the Broadway shutdown. Tour plans will continue.

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Goodman Theatre cancels remainder of 2019-20 season, including ‘The Outsiders’ by Chris Jones

Canceled shows include “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play” by Jocelyn Bioh; “Molly Sweeney” by Brian Friel; “American Mariachi” by José Cruz González; and a pre-Bro…

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How to bring back Chicago arts and entertainment faster: Take it outside by Chris Jones

As the weather warms, evidence mounts that outside can be safer than in during the pandemic. Maybe there's a way to put on outdoor shows.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

July 4 will be an all-American, COVID-19 battleground this year. ‘Hamilton’ will be at the center of the fight. by Chris Jones

Public fireworks on July 4, or streaming "Hamilton" from July 3? The symbolism and debate will be too rich to resist.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Column: Why can’t we just pause? We could perhaps get rid of coronavirus if we all went on lockdown, but our society isn’t built to do that by Chris Jones

Neither total isolation or totally restarting the economy can work. What's needed now is an honest and open debate.

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Guthrie Theatre of Minneapolis slashes budget and cancels shows through March 2021 by Chris Jones

One of the biggest arts institutions in the Midwest has slashed its 2020-21 season, a jolt for the arts.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Column: Pritzker’s reopening phases could doom live entertainment. Here are 7 ways to improve them. by Chris Jones

Large theaters are closed until Phase 5 of the new Illinois reopening plan. Many won't survive. Here's some alternatives.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

How Steppenwolf changed Australian theater and why Alec Baldwin and Rose Byrne can be seen on the Red Line by Chris Jones

In 2010, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre brought “August: Osage County" to Sydney Theatre Company. The actor Andrew Henry had his life changed, and so did Australian theater.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Erica Daniels will be executive artistic director of Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater by Chris Jones

In the wake of artistic director Chay Yew's departure, she will be overall director of the longtime North Side theater.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

NEA chair Mary Anne Carter: The arts are in survival mode across the country by Chris Jones

Talking to the top government official, nominated by Trump's White House, who is looking out for artists and the arts in America.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Steppenwolf Theatre cancels live shows until October, taps its famed ensemble for online productions by Chris Jones

No live theater at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf until at least mid-fall. Instead, many from the famous ensemble will do streaming productions.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Column: Are you a Cuomosexual? Politicians are our new celebrities during the pandemic by Chris Jones

The Hollywood types are all locked away in their beach houses and penthouses. Who's taking up the spotlight now? Our mayors and governors.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Prisoner playwrights were looking forward to Goodman’s ‘Stateville Voices.’ Now that’s locked down, too. by Chris Jones

“A young black man and woman lean into each other across the table, within the allowed parameters of closeness," the playwright André Patterson wrote. His play must now wait to be staged.

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Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations are in for 2020 by Chris Jones

The nominations are in for this year’s Non-Equity Jeff Awards, Chicago's theater awards going to productions not covered by a union contract.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

‘Sondheim 90th Birthday’: With songs from Meryl Streep, Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone, who would have expected so much feeling via livestream by Chris Jones

Review: "Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration" on Broadway.com with Broadway stars Neil Patrick Harris, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Platt and others.

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Stratford Fest cancels 2020 summer theater season by Chris Jones

Another unfortunate casualty of the pandemic, the Stratford Fest in Canada has put theater "on hold."

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

‘2020: The Movie’: When we look back at this pandemic, what will we see? What will the stories tell? by Chris Jones

Songs, books and movies all tell stories about moments in history. Wars, the 1960s, times of change. What will the pandemic story be?

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