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Friday, September 18, 2020

Review: Pilsen’s Latinx ‘Destinos’ festival pivots to drive-in with mix of live, virtual performances by Chris Jones

Destinos al Aire offered a drive-in celebration of artistic resilience.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Goodman’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ one of many holiday shows to be streamed, not live this season by Chris Jones

Already Chicago theaters are planning virtual holiday productions in place of their usual cash cows like "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life."

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Column: Big Ten football is suddenly ‘safe’? In the reopening debate for sports and entertainment, that word is a lie. by Chris Jones

The Big Ten is back in business this week, even as theaters remain shut and schooling remains on your screen. That exposes a whole lot of double-thinking.

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Live Goodman play to tour Chicago parks, with E. Faye Butler as activist Fannie Lou Hamer by Chris Jones

In a pandemic-era first, “Fannie Lou Hamer: Speak On It!” brings a story about civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer out to the neighborhoods. Live, with music.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Equity Jeff Award nominations are in for a shortened 2019-20 season, Drury Lane and Paramount lead the list by Chris Jones

Chicago theater’s Jeff Awards on Tuesday announced the nominees for the 52nd annual awards for Equity theaters.

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Column: In Chicago, an artistic fall like no other. Yet, Godot will appear. by Chris Jones

As Samuel Beckett said, we must go on, and as Tony Kushner said, the world spins forward. These two playwrights weren't talking about the current moment, but they might have been. In this mo…

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Hubbard Street Dance’s 2020-21 season begins with a Rena Butler premiere, filmed in Chicago parks by Chris Jones

Its 43rd season will be composed of online presentations, the virtual presentations of new work by five choreographers.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Strawdog Theatre’s 2020-21 season will be 4 virtual plays, beginning soon with ‘The Four’ by Chris Jones

Online shows will also include “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblin,” a holiday favorite.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Review: Richard Nelson wraps up his Apple trilogy on Zoom with ‘Incidental Moments of the Day.’ Aren’t they all? by Chris Jones

“Incidental Moments of the Day: The Apple Family: Life on Zoom" is free to watch, starring Steppenwolf's Sally Murphy in a quiet story worth watching.

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‘Homeland Elegies’: Ayad Akhtar’s critique of the American immigrant experience enters the Trump era by Chris Jones

The core asset of Ayad Akhtar's "Homeland Elegies," his latest deeply moving autobiographical novel, is the complexity of its thinking, its innate understanding that seeing the absurdity of …

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Critic Ben Brantley leaves New York Times: ‘All I ever needed was the show and the chance to write about it' by Chris Jones

The longtime chief theater critic of the New York Times announced Thursday that he is stepping down.

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The Neo-Futurists have created the most successful online shows of the pandemic by Chris Jones

When the pandemic forced all of live Chicago theater onto a screen, the Neos got it done. Next up for the small but thriving North Side company is ”45 Plays for America’s First Ladies.…

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Column: Chicago cannot lose the Palmer House, now locked up and in deep financial trouble by Chris Jones

Chicago's grand old hotel has roots in the Chicago arts that run deep. Now it's in financial trouble. Lose the Palmer and we lose part of Chicago.

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Chicago theater’s Top-10 best bets for fall 2020, both live and on-screen by Chris Jones

My picks for the best bets for Chicago theater are a blend of virtual and live, outdoor experiences.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

MCA Chicago plans virtual performances, included a show with audiences taking part at home by Chris Jones

The stage program at the Museum of Contemporary Art has announced two virtual programs for the fall, one of which involves an audience doing their own at-home performance.

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Steppenwolf Theatre postpones George Clooney project, adds streaming shows by Chris Jones

Chicago's Steppenwolf announces a season of virtual theater, with “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" still on the slate for a live staging in early 2021.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Years ago, Chicago’s young Congo Square Theatre put the young Chadwick Boseman’s work on stage by Chris Jones

His play, "Deep Azure," involved an African-American police officer who panicked and shot a student. It was staged by Congo Square in 2005, with Boseman at the opening.

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Music Theater Works is heading from Evanston to Skokie, where it says it can grow by Chris Jones

The 40-year-old company formerly known as Light Opera Works is known for classic musicals with full orchestras, and hopes to produce "Mamma Mia!" at the North Shore Center next summer.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Column: Looking ahead to fall’s weirdo 2020 Tony Awards, and what they must achieve by Chris Jones

Some early favorites for this year's Tony Awards include "Moulin Rouge" and "Slave Play." But importantly, the virtual ceremony must be about more than competition.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Column: A theater season without dates is the new trend. Here’s why it’s actually a good thing. by Chris Jones

When will a Chicago theater put on that particular show in 2021? It hasn't said because it doesn't know. But this obstacle can actually be a big step forward.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Congo Square Theatre announces 2020-21 season; Steppenwolf plans radio ‘Animal Farm' by Chris Jones

The Chicago theater company will create an online comedy series titled “Hit ‘Em on the Blackside.” Plus Steppenwolf announces radio play cast.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Chicago Shakespeare announces new season, restarting in 2021 by Chris Jones

No opening dates, but show titles, including “As You Like It" with Beatles music. And audiences will be allowed on Navy Pier.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Column: Time is running out for Chicago’s arts to take it outside. Let’s not waste this opportunity. by Chris Jones

In Chicago, where summer is short, time is running out for the kinds of outdoor performances that have worked well in London and cities elsewhere.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Hershey Felder will present ‘Gershwin Alone’ live from Italy as benefit for Porchlight Theatre by Chris Jones

His “George Gershwin Alone" played an extended run at the Royal George in 2005-06, and the live concert will benefit a number of theaters.

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Column: After this awful 2020, it just makes sense to start a theater season in January — this is our chance to change by Chris Jones

This is our chance to reset, everyone! In the wake of the mess left by the pandemic, theaters and other cultural organizations will be forced to follow the calendar year with their seasons. …

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Goodman Theatre announces changed 2021 season, still including pre-Broadway ‘The Outsiders' by Chris Jones

Chicago’s Goodman Theatre has announced plans for an eight-show season that the theater now hopes to complete within the first eight months of 2021.

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Sideshow Theatre announces Regina Victor as new artistic director by Chris Jones

Chicago’s Sideshow Theatre Company changes leaders and founding artistic director Jonathan L. Green will remain with the company.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Column: With ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ live musical theater roars back to life in London, a moment to be cherished by Chris Jones

The opening notes of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical sounded, the actors' masks fell away and an unspeakable moving show began at Regents Park Open Air Theatre in London, the fi…

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Harris Theater appoints current executive as new president and CEO by Chris Jones

Lori Dimun will be the new leader of Chicago's Harris Theater. She was formerly the theater's chief operating officer.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Column: ‘Diana: A New Musical’ hits Netflix before Broadway — and the old walls between screen and theater tumble by Chris Jones

What is theater? What is TV? What does it mean if a new Broadway musical first screens on Netflix before it's seen live by a Broadway audience?

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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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