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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Review: ‘Sweeney Todd’ by Kokandy Productions reminds us of what Chicago’s off-Loop theaters can do by Chris Jones

Remarkable things happen in the cramped basement of the Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park. What a thrilling Chicago-style musical!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Review: Northlight Theatre’s ‘Garbologists’ tries to show us we’re not that different. But the show moves at half speed. by Chris Jones

Lindsay Joelle’s two-person show “The Garbologists” is courageous enough to probe the intersection of race and class.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

‘Good Night, Oscar’ with Sean Hayes is headed to Broadway by Chris Jones

The hit Goodman Theatre production of “Good Night, Oscar” is headed to Broadway in the spring.

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Review: This stunning ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Lyric Opera is steeped in tradition — and transcends it. Don’t miss it. by Chris Jones

Director Barrie Kosky’s breathtaking production brings this title newly to life without ever straying far from why it's such a favorite in the first place.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Review: Finally, a delayed, heartwarming ‘Dolly’ says ‘hi’ at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire by Chris Jones

The always remarkable Heidi Kettenring imagines a character whose sociability clearly is something of a cover for a widow’s loneliness.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Review: Remember ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’? It’s back at Court Theatre, with a talented cast to freshen things up by Chris Jones

Best remembered now as the movie starring Cary Grant, “Arsenic and Old Lace” was a Broadway hit in the '40s. But in 2022, it’s a rarity.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

League of Chicago Theatres has new executive director by Chris Jones

Marissa Lynne Ford takes over for Deb Clapp, who left her position at the end of last month.

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Review: Paramount Theatre’s new ‘Dreamgirls’ is a gutsy, spectacular show by Chris Jones

If you’re a fan of "Dreamgirls," a schlep to Aurora is very much worth the effort to see the new production at the Paramount Theatre.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

At Second City, a new CEO from ‘Sesame Street’ by Chris Jones

“I’m a big fan of the institution. I want to continue scaling the business and see how we can honor the brand.”

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Review: The humor will be up to you at ‘The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington’ at Steppenwolf Theatre by Chris Jones

The Steppenwolf season opener begins with historical truth that George Washington’s 1799 will and testament emancipated their estate after the death of his wife.

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Review: The walls close in on passion in Verdi’s ‘Ernani’ at Lyric Opera by Chris Jones

Opening night for Lyric's new season brought a rich swirl of roaring Verdi melody.

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Victory Gardens Theater will stop producing its own shows, and has dismissed its staff by Chris Jones

The change follows weeks of turmoil at the Tony Award-winning theater.

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Review: An ambitious ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ has Larry Yando as a soul-searching Poirot by Chris Jones

This is, overall, a very ambitious production from director Jessica Fisch, attempting far more than your usual suburban thriller.

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Column: As fall arrives, the arts offer a chance to come back together in our shared Chicago home by Chris Jones

We do not do as well when we sit alone. We need peers, togetherness and new ideas. And that’s exactly what the performing arts in Chicago have to offer.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Review: Rhapsody Theatre’s ‘Zabrecky Hour’ is 60 creepy minutes of magic by Chris Jones

Rob Zabrecky brings a distinctive brand and a love of pushing things right to the edge and then maybe a little further.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Theater for fall 2022: Our top 10 includes ‘Dreamgirls,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘The Notebook’ by Chris Jones

What looks promising on Chicago stages this fall? We pick 10 shows with local artists, put on by Chicago theaters.

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Review: ‘Chagall in School’ is a rich piece of work, about both the great Jewish artist and the American theater by Chris Jones

It sure reads to me like the playwright is using Chagall as a vessel here to argue that theaters should beat back demands for ideological purity.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Review: ‘Great Altercations’ on the Second City e.t.c. Stage finds its best moments in its biggest risks by Chris Jones

Second City’s e.t.c. Stage was founded as a place to take risks and the current revue thrives best when it takes that mission to heart.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Executive director Criss Henderson to exit Chicago Shakespeare Theater after 33 years by Chris Jones

Once its only full-time employee, he has announced he is leaving at the end of December.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

2022 Equity Jeff Awards: ‘Kinky Boots,’ Drury Lane and Goodman Theatre lead the nominations by Chris Jones

Nominations are in for this year's theater awards for Chicago's largest theaters, with an especially competitive new play category.

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Friday, August 12, 2022

Review: ‘Fun Home’ at the Paramount shows the full depths of this coming of age musical by Chris Jones

If you don’t know this beautiful memoir musical, it's based on a graphic novel by the cartoonist Alison Bechdel, growing up in the 1970s in a small Pennsylvania town.

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Review: In ‘Campaigns, Inc.’ at TimeLine Theatre, witness the origin story of sleazy politics by Chris Jones

With a savvy sense of the moment, TimeLine has a salacious comedy about the blistering 1934 fight for California's governorship between Republican Frank Merriam and author Upton Sinclair.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Heaven and hell at the 2022 Stratford Festival of Canada, with ‘Chicago,’ ‘Richard III’ and ‘Hamlet’ by Chris Jones

As heavenly as the return to strength of Canada’s Stratford Festival feels, hell is very much a thing in the Ontario farmland this year.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Review: ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ musical opens in Chicago, not yet ready for its runway spotlight by Chris Jones

The reason Lauren Weisberger’s memoir became famous was not just because of the juicy movie with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. It’s because Weisberger could see that the thirst for po…

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Myrna Salazar, a bright cultural force and co-founder of the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance, dies at 75 by Chris Jones

Salazar died at her Chicago home Aug. 3. She is remembered as “an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, super arts activist.”

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Column: Chicago theater has a crisis of leadership — and it has to stop eating its own by Chris Jones

The names aren’t included here and don’t matter a jot for the point I am making. Chicago theater needs to be a community again.

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Review: Here’s ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ at the Mercury Theater Chicago. But where’s the band, mates? by Chris Jones

There’s too much talent at the Mercury Theater to make everyone sing to a canned backing track in "Priscilla Queen of the Desert."

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at the Cadillac Palace belongs on Broadway. It’s been a decade. by Chris Jones

This production, choreographed by Drew McOnie, really should get its shot on Broadway, especially given what Aaron LaVigne is doing.

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Susan Booth returns to Goodman Theatre as its new artistic director: ‘This is a time of seismic change’ by Chris Jones

Susan Booth is to take the artistic helm at the Goodman Theatre, replacing Robert Falls, who is stepping down after 35 years.

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Friday, July 22, 2022

Review: ‘The Kite Runner’ on Broadway fails to soar on the winds of truth by Chris Jones

"The Kite Runner" on Broadway is based on the beloved book, but the story doesn't work as well on the stage as it does on the page.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

How Elton John plans to make ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ fit this fashion moment — the new musical opens soon in Chicago by Chris Jones

The movie comes from the early aughts, when the world was a different place. “A lot has changed," Elton John says. The musical "Devil Wears Prada" opens first in Chicago, with Broadway nex…

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