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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Original ‘Hamilton’ star Christopher Jackson is doing a concert for Northlight Theatre. And no, not from his basement. by Chris Jones

The original George Washington in Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" is doing an online concert from New York — that will be "presented by" and benefit Northlight Theatre as well as other non…

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Strawdog and Congo Square Theatres announce leadership changes by Chris Jones

Chicago's Congo Square has a new business manager. And Strawdog's artistic director is departing for Columbus.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Column: Let’s stop calling it the Loop versus Chicago’s ‘neighborhoods,’ for all of our sakes by Chris Jones

The Loop vs. Chicago's "real" neighborhoods was always a false conflict, and gots us no where. With empty sidewalks, absent arts and struggling small businesses, this whole city needs help.

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Column: Theater box seats are poised to become fashionable again during the COVID-19 era by Chris Jones

Ever sit in a box seat during a theater production? Didn't think so. But several Chicago theaters have them and they could become the best seats in the house.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Review: Zanies reopens for COVID-19 comedy and socially-distanced crowd in need of laughs. ‘Get home safe.' by Chris Jones

For the very funny headliner Kellye Howard and other comics, COVID-19 was understandably the topic of the night.

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Responding to conflict, Greenhouse Theater will no longer create shows — though rental stages remain by Chris Jones

In angry letter, Greenhouse co-owner William Spatz cites the online condemnation by the Chicago theater community over reopening the theater to stage of "Judy & Liza."

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Column: Kill off the cardboard and digital fans: Empty seats tell a better MLB story by Chris Jones

The fake fans for televised Major League Baseball games add nothing and, worse, are an intrusion. Better to enjoy a truthful pandemic-era game with empty seats.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Upcoming opening show at the Greenhouse Theater gets some fervent opposition by Chris Jones

Manager quits the North Side venue in protest of "Judy & Liza." No live theater until there's a COVID-19 vaccine, he says.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Eugenics, George Bernard Shaw and the need for a dramatic reckoning by Chris Jones

About a century ago, the racist theories of eugenics could be found in Nazi Germany. They also received the occasional, misguided attentions of some of our greatest authors and playwrights. …

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Here’s your last chance to catch up with Manual Cinema before ‘Candyman’ hype by Chris Jones

The Chicago company with an arts-crowd reputation for shadow puppet live movies is about get a dose of Hollywood fame. With "Retrospectacular" in August, you saw 'em when.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Artistic Chicago is hemorrhaging jobs: ‘We are looking at the decimation of an industry.' by Chris Jones

Artistic Chicago is hemorrhaging jobs -- from Blue Man Group to the Steppenwolf Theatre: ‘We are looking at the decimation of an industry.'

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

A Chicago theater is coming back next weekend — yes, next weekend — with ‘Judy & Liza.' by Chris Jones

A Chicago theater is coming back next weekend --yes, next weekend

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Court theater retools upcoming season with no shows until February by Chris Jones

Court theater retools upcoming season with no shows until February

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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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