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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Review: ‘The World Goes ‘Round’ opens at Marriott Theatre with songs from Kander and Ebb — and a musical world we’ve long missed by Chris Jones

I miss the music: After 18 months of closure, the Marriott Theatre returns with a COVID adaptation of a Kander and Ebb revue.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Review: A fine, spooky ‘Macbeth’ at Lyric Opera fights deliciously with our current recovery narrative by Chris Jones

A creepy ‘Macbeth’ in Chicago fights deliciously with the recovery narrative so common in the arts. Here you had a night of healing togetherness followed by an opera in which the heavens…

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls is stepping down by Chris Jones

Falls has been the most influential figure of Chicago theater of his generation and his departure is a milestone in the Chicago arts.

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Exclusive: Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls is stepping down by Chris Jones

Falls has been the most influential figure of Chicago theater of his generation and his departure is a milestone in the Chicago arts.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

With ‘Chicago LIVE Again,’ Navy Pier will celebrate Chicago arts with free shows and fireworks by Chris Jones

Navy Pier will host a series of outdoor performances Sept. 24-25. Dubbed “Chicago LIVE Again,” the two-day festival will have performances produced by Broadway in Chicago, Chicago Childr…

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Review: ‘Mr. Burns, a post electric play’ reopens Theater Wit with a return to this show about dystopias. Too soon? by Chris Jones

Theater Wit’s decision to return (sooner than most) to live off-Loop performance with a reprise of its 2015 production of Anne Washburn’s hit is clearly designed to get its audience thin…

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Theater and opera in Chicago for fall 2021: With our Top 10, a cautious return to drama by Chris Jones

Here, in the return of a September tradition, are 10 shows that should help you remember why Chicago theater is such a crucial part of this city. Plus one more for the holidays.

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Monday, August 30, 2021

On a warm August night, the Lyric Opera of Chicago comes back to life with ‘Rising Stars’ by Chris Jones

The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new musical director, Enrique Mazzola, gave his first major public performance in Millennium Park. There was excitement in the air.

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Review: Two years in the fitting, a joyous ‘Kinky Boots’ kicks off dust at Paramount Theatre by Chris Jones

After a two-year delay, "Kinky Boots" opens at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. You can feel the emotions bursting out of the hearts of the cast.

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Review: Blue Man Group is back in a strange new world by Chris Jones

Blue Man Group returns to Chicago's Briar Street Theatre after a COVID-19 pandemic pause. Critic Chris Jones reviews the latest iteration.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Review: ‘School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play’ at Goodman Theatre is the story of a beauty pageant, and a welcome return to live theater by Chris Jones

The Goodman's first show back is an exuberant production from the director Lili-Anne Brown that is an excellent match for the moment.

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Monday, August 2, 2021

Studebaker Theater inside Chicago’s Fine Arts Building will get a major renovation by Chris Jones

Chicago’s venerable Studebaker Theater, opened in 1898 and located inside the Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan Ave., has both a new artistic director, Jacob Harvey, and a hefty renova…

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces and updates plans for 2021-22 season by Chris Jones

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announced its new indoor fall season, blending postponed productions from last season with new attractions.

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Over 20 years of covering Jackie Mason, a few practices became time-honored traditions by Chris Jones

I covered Jackie Mason’s live shows in and around Chicago for 20 years. This involved a variety of unchanging rituals and mutually assured deceptions.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Steppenwolf Theatre names two new artistic directors by Chris Jones

Glenn Davis, 40, and Audrey Francis, 42, will succeed Anna D. Shapiro, who announced her departure in May, effective at the end of August, and after six years in the high-visibility and inev…

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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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