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Monday, July 13, 2020

Prominent artistic staffers — including Young Audiences director — are part of extensive Steppenwolf layoffs by Chris Jones

Prominent artistic staffers -- including Young Audiences director -- are part of Steppenwolf layoffs

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Friday, July 3, 2020
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Column: How do you convince people they’re safe inside? In the 1920s, the Uptown Theatre had some cool ideas. by Chris Jones

How do you convince people they’re safe inside? The Uptown Theatre had some cool ideas

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Are the Blue Men ever coming back? Chicago’s commercial theaters are in serious trouble by Chris Jones

Chicago's Mercury Theater and iO are closing. Blue Man Group is in trouble. It's the for-profit theaters that are in the most danger at the moment.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Review: ‘Hamilton’ on Disney Plus is breathtaking, the best video you’ll ever see of a Broadway show by Chris Jones

This streaming "Hamilton," released July 3, is a filmed production of the full Broadway show in New York — captured by cameras in 2016 and much, much better than most videos of live shows.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

10 essential things to know know about ‘Hamilton’ before Disney Plus movie debuts July 3 by Chris Jones

On July 3, the Disney Plus streaming service will release a filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” timed for the Independence Day holiday weekend. Here’s what you need to…

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Column: ‘Hamilton’ on Disney Plus is dropping into a very different America. How will it land? by Chris Jones

Hamilton on Disney Plus - Will our new political landscape change how people will regard it?

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Porchlight Music Theatre moves entire 2020-21 season back a year by Chris Jones

Porchlight Music Theatre moves entire 2020-21 season back a year

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Commentary: Why did the Mercury Theater — one of Chicago’s great, intimate stages — close? by Chris Jones

Why did the Mercury Theatre -- one of Chicago’s great, intimate stages -- close?

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Steppenwolf adjusts season, now plans to resume in December by Chris Jones

Steppenwolf Theatre has rebooted its 2020-21 season, delaying its restart but still wanting to be a "beacon of hope."

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Monday, June 22, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Chicago’s iO Theater is hit by accusations of racism and a petition demanding change by Chris Jones

A petition posted on change.org has charged the Chicago comedy venue iO Theater with racism. Co-founder and owner Charna Halpern has responded.

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Netflix and other streaming services are making millions. Should they come to the aid of the reeling American theater? by Chris Jones

Netflix pocketed $709 million in early 2020, this as theater from Chicago storefronts to Broadway have gone dark. Time for streaming services to pay?

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Following protests, Erica Daniels to exit Victory Gardens Theater by Chris Jones

The executive director of Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater said Monday that she was leaving after protests about her also assuming the artistic director role.

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Open letter to Second City calls for investigation of racial discrimination, sexual assault by Chris Jones

Open letter to Second City calls for investigation of discrimination

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With streaming version of 'Infinite Wrench,’ the nimble Neo-Futurists respond fast to a week like no other by Chris Jones

A review of this week's streaming show "The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral," a rapid response with a handful of plays responding to George Floyd events.

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Anthony LeBlanc named interim executive producer at Second City by Chris Jones

Anthony LeBlanc named interim executive producer at Second City

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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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