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Chris Jones

‘If/Then’ review when? Reviewing previews isn’t in our purview.

“There are competing influences,” notes Chris Jones, theater critic for the Chicago Tribune. “It’s the interest of producers to delay local press as long as possible when they have major project in very early stage of development. And the local critic has a moral duty to tell people ...

Musicals’ leads ill at ease

My friend Chris Jones, critic for the Chicago Tribune, took issue with my charge, in that column about “Big Fish,” that out-of-town critics seem to be pulling their punches when it comes to Broadway tryouts. “Re your dastardly allegations of going soft today. This New York meme of higher ...

NYC critics give 'Hardbody' a hand Page 1 of 2

" From Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune: "Auto dealers have known for years that cars can be sold as objects of desire — or fulfillers of dreams or even repairers of self-esteem. And when 'Hands on a Hardbody,' which has the advantage of being unlikely fodder for a musical, is probing ...

Chicago Tribune Sponsors Panel Discussion About Creative Professionals

Panelists include Chicago Tribune editorial page editor Bruce Dold and critic Chris Jones as moderators, among with celebrity chef Rick Bayless, Chicago's cultural commissioner Michelle Boone, artist and playwright Tony Fitzpatrick and renowned architect Jeanne Gang. While organizations ...

Around The U.S., Holiday Theater With Local Flair : NPR

Even though he's seen the show over a dozen times, Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones remains charmed by its local heart. "It's the only Christmas show in Chicago that is really a Midwestern story," he says. "It's driven by the Great Lakes and Lake Michigan, which we see every ...

Critical opinion divided on Broadway's Betrayal with Daniel Craig

For Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune : "it is Spall who runs off with the show at its crucial junctures". Our editors' picks for the day's top news and commentary delivered to your inbox each morning...

Kinky Boots- A Shiny Fit at the Bank of America Theatre Chicago

In a special evening last week at the Music Box Theatre, the Chicago Tribune presented "Press Pass All Access Series," featuring a q&a, conducted by the Tribune's highly acclaimed theatre critic, dubbed, "an oasis of theatre," Chris Jones. In quite an intimate setting, on an evening ...

The Addams Family Makes Its Seattle Premiere at The 5th Avenue Theatre for Halloween

Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune described the production as “classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!” and John Simon of Bloomberg News called it “Uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.” The North American ...

'We Will Rock You' opens in Minneapolis

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review praised the cast’s “terrific, powerful voices.” But Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune needed a drink after seeing the show, which he called “incoherent.” Twin Cities audiences will get to judge for themselves on Tuesday...

Tony winner Jerry Zaks turns troubled 'Addams Family' into a hit

But theater critic Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune wasn't impressed, saying the show "needs to be funnier and more visually spontaneous. " Producer Stuart Oken agreed. He brought in Broadway veteran Jerry Zaks, winner of four Tony Awards, to help Broadway neophytes Phelim McDermott ...

Mixed 'Accounts' for Katie Holmes' Bway play

" Writing in the Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones allows that "'Dead Accounts' holds one's attention, not least because it allows the hyperkinetic Butz to energize the piece. " But none of the actors "can help the lack of credibility of some of the play's central devices. " For more takes on ...

Theater Preview 14 Milwaukee-area performing arts events worth checking in October

Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones called it a "gritty and emotionally resonant police yarn - much in the storytelling style of 'The Wire' or 'Homicide' or 'Boss. ' " 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26, 4:30 and 8 p.m. Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Oct. 28. Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St. Tickets: ...

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" reviews: Well, at least the critics liked the cat

Chris Jones struck a softer note in his review in the Chicago Tribune, though he did label the show "disappointing. " He said the supporting cast, which includes "Cheers" star George Wendt, was strong but could not rescue the lack of chemistry between Clarke and her co-star Cory Michael ...

'Big Fish' on Broadway: What did the critics think?

At the time, Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones called it a "worthy, seriously ambitious new tuner" but said it needed some creative fine-tuning before transferring to New York. The story follows the elder Bloom as he spins fantastical stories of dubious veracity, taking viewers on a ...

'Invasion of Skokie' to Perform at JCC

" Receiving rave reviews during its initial run at Chicago Dramatists in 2010 including a three-star review from Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune, “Peterson's play offers a nuanced, warm and sympathetic portrait of a postwar, newly suburban generation … Skokie - singular, complex and ...

Annual Magic Show Features Chicago’s Best Magicians

One of the competition judges was Chris Jones, chief theater critic for the Chicago Tribune, who declared, “Bravo! With formidable skills, charm and warmth, Tim really is amazing.” Closing out the show will be Tim and Robin Balster. The Balsters’ act features an awesome array of magic...

Work to fix heat at Uptown Theatre to begin Monday

Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones is joined by reporters Nina Metz and Marko Caro on this week's 'Culture Lunch' to discuss how nothing seems to get any better for the historic Uptown Theatre in Chicago, even with new ownership. Work to fix the Uptown Theatre’s heating system is ...

Cirque Dreams Entertainment Brand Celebrates 20 Years Of Global Growth &...

Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune says Cirque Dreams has "mastered an artform that the more famous French Canadians have yet to conquer. " The New York Daily News hails, "There have only been a handful of shows that have generated an exclamation point as assertive as the ones created ...

Roger Ebert to cut back on film critic duties as cancer returns

" After further surgeries failed to restore Ebert's jaw and voice, the writer cooperated for an in-depth Esquire magazine profile by Chris Jones (no relation to the Tribune theater critic) that featured a large, startling photo of the critic. "When I turned to it in the magazine, I got a ...

THEATER REVIEW: Mike Daisey: American Utopias at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2.5 stars)...

By Chris Jones

A view of Occupy Wall Street, Disney and the desert through eyes of Mike Daisey Mike Daisey is a keen cultural observer with a ruthless streak. In "American Utopias," the neo-Spalding Gray's latest monologue, Daisey even takes on the "It's a Small World" ride at Walt Disney World. "It looks ...

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