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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Review: ‘The Moors’ at Red Orchid is a fresh take on a creepy, Brontë-like world by Chris Jones

Along with "Mary Rose" by Black Button Eyes Productions, choose between two interesting, gothic shows now playing in Chicago.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Column: The touring ‘Oklahoma!’ has been controversial in Chicago — its director explains what he was thinking by Chris Jones

Daniel Fish discusses the "Oklahoma!" musical now on tour: "I see everything I do as a new work. You are doing the show on a contemporary night."

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Review: This is not your homespun ‘Oklahoma!’ Come ready for a radical new musical. by Chris Jones

Director Daniel Fish’s radical 2018 Broadway revival arrives in our town at a tough moment for traumatic endings. Fair warning.

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Friday, January 7, 2022

Review: Musical show ‘8-Track’ at Theo Ubique Cabaret offers 1970s balm and dozens of songs by Chris Jones

I’d say that “8-Track” probably delivered as much sustenance to the audience as any production in this company’s history, at least based on what I saw happen to people’s faces.

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Review: In ‘Dishwasher Dreams,’ a first-generation American channels his struggles into stand-up comedy by Chris Jones

Ullah, who is now 53 years old, was one of the first South Asian American comics to get what you might call national recognition.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Goodman Theatre changes season: ‘Outsiders’ musical is postponed; ‘Life After’ takes its place by Chris Jones

The Goodman Theatre said Wednesday that it is postponing its planned world-premiere production of “The Outsiders."

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Monday, January 3, 2022

Theater Top 10 in Chicago: ‘Moulin Rouge!’ to ‘King James,’ these coming shows will chase your winter blues away by Chris Jones

With fingers crossed and hope soaring, here are 10 exciting winter theatrical attractions, from the "Come From Away" tour to “King James” at Steppenwolf.

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

As we enter 2022, adding up the highlights and low points in what was overall a tough year for Chicago theater by Chris Jones

It was supposed to be a year of recovery. But the COVID-19 virus, along with its supporting cast of variants, had other ideas.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Review: New ‘Magic Immersive’ on State Street is a tour through the history of grand illusions by Chris Jones

“Magic Immersive” bills itself as a chance to see so-called “major illusions” in far more intimate circumstances than usual.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Theater Chicagoan of the Year: Namir Smallwood of Steppenwolf has affected audiences from here to Broadway by Chris Jones

From “Pass Over” to "Bug," it's hard to think of another actor in Chicago who managed to do so much in a terrible theatrical year.

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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at the Broadway Playhouse is great fun — there’s a fine art to making a farce this wrong go so right by Chris Jones

This play is a farce that relies on you not knowing, and certainly not anticipating, what might be going right and what might be going wrong. Easier just to say that the night is full of lau…

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Review: ‘Pretty Woman’ musical is back in Chicago, a crowd-pleasing night out starring Adam Pascal by Chris Jones

“Pretty Woman,” which stars Olivia Valli in the role made famous by Julia Roberts, is a guilty pleasure show, a sexy nostalgia trip. On Tuesday, everyone seemed to leave well pleased wit…

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Broadway review: A fascinating ‘Company’ that no longer believes so much in love by Chris Jones

The 1970 musical “Company” ends with Stephen Sondheim’s greatest musical number “Being Alive.”

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‘Downton Abbey’ actor known as Mrs. Patmore to star in Chicago play and Mike Birbiglia will bring a new show to Steppenwolf Theatre by Chris Jones

Penned by Lesley Nicol with original songs by the composer and musician Mark Mueller, the show is titled “How the Hell Did I Get Here?” At Steppenwolf, Birbiglia will perform his new sho…

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Review: Drury Lane has the best ‘Holiday Inn’ yet, the hidden hit of the season by Chris Jones

The new production at Drury Lane is my favorite of the several prior stagings I have seen, including the Broadway bow in 2017.

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Top 10 best theater Chicago in 2021: A Broadway tryout, all-star casts and a few picks you won’t expect by Chris Jones

Producing live theater was such a struggle for everyone over the past 12 months, declaring a Top 10 feels disingenuous. But here we have it.

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Review: ‘When Harry Met Rehab’ tells the funny, gutsy recovery story of ESPN sports personality Harry Teinowitz by Chris Jones

“There were Blackhawk games,” the character of sports radio personality Harry Teinowitz says, “when I had more shots than they did.”

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

REVIEW: ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ on Broadway is a family-friendly gagfest by Chris Jones

Thew new Broadway musical Mrs Doubtfire is a welcome feast of physical comedy.

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Review: ‘Mr. Dickens’ Hat’ premieres at Northlight Theatre, a new holiday show that strives for warmth — but needs to trust its own story by Chris Jones

The all-new holiday attraction at the Northlight Theatre is a play with music penned by Michael Hollinger and directed by David Catlin.

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Micheal Patrick Thornton is stepping down at Gift Theatre by Chris Jones

Gift also said Thursday that it will exit its longtime cozy home inside the 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. storefront.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Review: ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ at the Marriott Theatre is a musical in need of fresh ideas by Chris Jones

“Kiss Me Kate” is a backstage musical about a company performing Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” The sexism of the story needs to be reckoned with.

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Review: In ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Goodman Theatre, Scrooge says ‘welcome back’ and a city gives thanks for this longtime holiday show by Chris Jones

You’ll have to forgive me for seeing a little extra spring in Larry Yando’s step as the reformed Scrooge, rediscovering the world around him and heading out for dinner with family. “We…

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Stephen Sondheim in Chicago: The 10 most memorable productions here by Chris Jones

There have been many productions of his shows here, including a 2003 world premiere. In honor of the late composer and lyricist, a few that stand out the most in memory.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Review: ‘The Snow Queen’ at House Theatre has beautiful moments, now needs a clear story by Chris Jones

House Theatre has a new holiday show with gorgeous puppets and moments. But it's not so easy to follow.

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Review: For this season, lovely ‘Cinderella’ at Paramount Theatre in Aurora is a bright light indeed by Chris Jones

"Cinderella" is a gorgeous retro experience in the guise of a holiday musical. This show is restorative in every sense of the word.

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Review: Disney’s ‘Frozen’ at Cadillac Palace offers just the kind of warm thaw audiences are expecting by Chris Jones

Show reopening these last few weeks often have been emotional experiences on both sides of the stage and “Frozen” was no exception.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Review: ‘Paradise Square’ opens in Chicago on its way to Broadway, spinning a Civil War-era story. But it still has a ways to go. by Chris Jones

The show has a star turn from Joaquina Kalukango that will be formidable competition for anyone and everyone come Tony Awards time.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Review: ‘Diana, the Musical’ on Broadway is tabloid trash but alive, nonetheless by Chris Jones

“Diana, the Musical” offers no meaningful insights (nor even ones lacking in meaning) into a woman who really should be allowed to rest in much-deserved peace. Dramaturgically speaking, …

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Friday, November 12, 2021

Review: With the funny, heartfelt ‘Sister Act,’ Mercury Theater comes blasting back by Chris Jones

The hilarious new production at the Mercury Theater, the work of a first-time director named Reneisha Jenkins, offers a reminder of this musical’s other endearing quality: A big, sloppy he…

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

First Folio Theatre announces it will shut down in 2024 by Chris Jones

First Folio Theatre, a longstanding suburban theater company in Oak Brook, is to cease operations at the end of the 2024 season when executive director David Rice retires.

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Friday, November 5, 2021

Review: In ‘Remember This’ at Chicago Shakes, David Strathairn tells a devastating story of the man who warned the Allies of the Holocaust by Chris Jones

This solo theatrical work is about Polish diplomat Jan Karski, who met with Western leaders in 1943. It's a hard piece to watch.

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All that Chat

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