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Friday, July 16, 2021

Review: Teatro ZinZannni reopens its dinner circus in the Loop. Hail, Caesar, and circus life goes on. by Chris Jones

The first big show to return to Chicago’s Loop, Teatro ZinZanni is, at its core, a continental-style dinner circus with shades of old-school vaudeville.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Michael Halberstam resigns from Writers Theatre in Glencoe by Chris Jones

Writers Theatre said Wednesday that Michael Halberstam, its co-founder and the only artistic director it has known during its decades of growth, was resigning effective immediately.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Mark Kelly, Chicago’s commissioner of cultural affairs and special events, will retire at end of summer by Chris Jones

Mark Kelly, Chicago’s widely admired leader of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), announces he will retire.

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Monday, July 12, 2021

Remy Bumppo Theatre appoints Marti Lyons as new artistic director by Chris Jones

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, a 25-year-old Chicago company specializing in repertory works of literary merit, has announced new artistic leadership, though it is expected to remain dark in t…

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Column: We’re in no mood to celebrate — that’s COVID and ‘the long goodbye’ by Chris Jones

This Fourth of July weekend was fireworks without the fireworks in Chicago, and that's an apt metaphor for our current moment. No one feels like celebrating the end of the pandemic.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

New Rick Bayless theater show with food may be the ‘Recipe’ for Windy City Playhouse by Chris Jones

How to get Chicagoans to come back to the theater? Try a comedy show by chef Rick Bayless, with food, titled "Recipe for Disaster" and opening in the fall.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Column: With Geffen’s $150 million, Yale will offer free classes to drama students. Is this a good thing? by Chris Jones

It's now the David Geffen Yale School of Drama, and free tuition will make life a lot easier for its students and graduates. But how will everyone else keep up?

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Touring musicals are back in the fall: Broadway in Chicago announces ‘Rent,’ ‘Frozen,’ the new ‘Moulin Rouge’ and Chicago world premiere o by Chris Jones

Tickets for some shows are on sale now, but the Loop's Downtown Theatre District won't really be hopping until November and next spring.

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Monday, June 28, 2021

Intermissions are back at Lyric Opera of Chicago by Chris Jones

Intermissions are back at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, which had previously nixed them as a COVID-19 precaution.

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway return was a true spectacle — and badly needed by Chris Jones

Bruce Springsteen returned to Broadway Saturday, and ignored anti-vaccine protesters to put on a great show.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Victory Gardens Theater has new playwrights ensemble by Chris Jones

Victory Gardens, the Tony Award-winning Chicago theater company famous for its close relationship with playwrights, has announced a new group of affiliated writers: Marisa Carr, Keelay Gipso…

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Column: Chicago, we miss our international visitors more than we realize by Chris Jones

What is missing from the streets of Chicago this summer? People from other countries. And that's a problem.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Two years late, Steppenwolf’s ‘The Minutes’ schedules Broadway opening by Chris Jones

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Tracy Letts’ “The Minutes” is to open on Broadway — two years later than previously scheduled.

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Looking for summer theater? Live shows are coming back in Chicago, even a few before Labor Day by Chris Jones

Live Chicago theater you’ve surely heard, will come roaring back in Chicago in the weeks after Labor Day. But summer 2021 also has possibilities.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Column: In giving $5 million to Black Ensemble and $8 million to National Museum of Mexican Art, MacKenzie Scott is good to Chicago and has a message by Chris Jones

The billionaire former wife of Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos picked out smaller Chicago arts organizations for her donations, and asked that the spotlight not be on her.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

With Stephen Colbert, ‘John Oliver’ and others on board, Second City has a new path to late-night TV by Chris Jones

Does Second City have a new pipeline to John Oliver and Stephen Colbert's shows, and what does that actually mean for the comedy theater on Wells Street?

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Blue Man Group to reopen in Chicago but with post-COVID modifications by Chris Jones

Blue Man Group is returning to Chicago. A reopening, but without shared marshmallows.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Stephen Colbert joins new powerhouse Second City board by Chris Jones

Stephen Colbert is now on the board of the famed Chicago comedy theater The Second City. So are other powerful industry players.

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Remember divas and globe-shaking opening nights? Magda Krance makes her operatic exit from Lyric by Chris Jones

Such was the career of Lyric’s director of media relations and really its supremely confident problem solver for some 30 years.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Goodman Theatre announces 2021-22 season, with live performances beginning this summer by Chris Jones

The Goodman Theatre in Chicago has announced a 2021-22 season with many of the productions originally planned before the pandemic closed the theater for more than a year.

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Column: Martha Lavey, sorely missed, will be aptly remembered on the walls of Steppenwolf by Chris Jones

A nw mural at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chris Jones writes, is an apt tribute to the late Martha Lavey.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Harris Theater announces next season of live performances by Chris Jones

The theater in Chicago's Millennium Park has a full slate of live performances planned for 2021-22, including international artists.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Bruce Springsteen plans Broadway return this month — his show will be the first by Chris Jones

Bruce Springsteen will return to Broadway this summer for a limited run of his one-man show “Springsteen on Broadway.”

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Steppenwolf Theatre will add a giant Tony Fitzpatrick mural to its Lincoln Park campus by Chris Jones

The 76-foot artwork off Halsted Street will be Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick’s largest work to date and his first outdoor mural, a tribute to former artistic director Martha Lavey.

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Chicago’s Pre-Broadway ‘Paradise Square’ sets cast by Chris Jones

The Tony nominee Joaquina Kalukango (’Slave Play”) and the Canadian musical-theater star Chilina Kennedy (“Beautiful”) are to star in “Paradise Square,” the Garth Drabinsky music…

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Second City’s e.t.c. space resuming shows by Chris Jones

Second City is bringing back its e.t.c. stage for a June 4 reopening.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Jay Españo named artistic director of PrideArts by Chris Jones

Jay Españo, an actor, singer and director with experience in both film and live performance, has been appointed artistic director of PrideArts, the Chicago theater company formerly known as…

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Column: Steppenwolf-born ‘Pass Over’ is likely the new first show on Broadway by Chris Jones

This play with a complicated past is set to reopen Broadway in August. Let's not forget its heritage at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Column: Naomi Osaka’s protest will succeed — because celebrity is changing fast by Chris Jones

The tennis superstar doesn't want to talk to the press? She'll win in the end because the nature of celebrity is changing with the younger generation.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Review: In ‘Swing Low’ by the Joffrey Ballet, angels arrive to save a dancer by Chris Jones

In just 20 minutes on YouTube, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago sends feathers and angels to save a dancer.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Review: ‘SNL’s’ Chris Redd at Zanies shows he’s fired up and ready for something big by Chris Jones

The “Saturday Night Live” star and former Second City touring company member was at his best when he was improvising, riffing with the crowd in Old Town.

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre