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Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Blogger at The Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

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Review: “The Lion King” is back in Chicago in top form - Chicago Tribune

Despite being 25 years old on Broadway and outlasting the childhoods of my kids, “The Lion King” still manages to amaze adults and children with its level of spectacle.

Review: 'Almost Famous' is now a sweet Broadway musical - Chicago T...

Its story is now more a fable of a broken family that needs to be put back together, a theme that also was in Cameron Crowe’s film.

Review: "Clue" at Mercury Theater has laughs but not much mystery -...

I have to report, in all fairness, that much of the audience around me was convulsed with laughter throughout the whole affair.

Review: "The Malignant Ampersands" debuts at A Red Orchid - Chicago...

Brett Neveu specializes in plays that perplex the audience and many of them have been staged in his creative home on Wells Street.

At Second City, a new CEO from 'Sesame Street' - Chicago Tribune

“I’m a big fan of the institution. I want to continue scaling the business and see how we can honor the brand.”

Victory Gardens Theater will stop producing its own shows and has d...

The change follows weeks of turmoil at the Tony Award-winning theater.

Executive director Criss Henderson resigning at Chicago Shakes - Ch...

Once its only full-time employee, he has announced he is leaving at the end of December.

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Review: Delicious "Campaigns, Inc." at TimeLine Theatre - Chicago T...

With a savvy sense of the moment, TimeLine has a salacious comedy about the blistering 1934 fight for California’s governorship between Republican Frank Merriam and author Upton Sinclair.

Review: Here's 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' at the Mercury Theat...

There’s too much talent at the Mercury Theater to make everyone sing to a canned backing track in “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.”

Review: 'Jesus Christ Superstar' at the Cadillac Palace belongs on ...

This production, choreographed by Drew McOnie, really should get its shot on Broadway, especially given what Aaron LaVigne is doing.

Review: 'The Kite Runner' on Broadway fails to soar on the winds of...

“The Kite Runner” on Broadway is based on the beloved book, but the story doesn’t work as well on the stage as it does on the page.

Review: 'It Came From Outer Space' at Chicago Shakespeare - Chicago...

Parodies work better with honesty, but this world premiere based on the 1953 science fiction movie is still great fun.

Review: Warm and welcome 'Godspell' by Theo Unique Theatre - Chicag...

This charming musical at Theo Ubique is musical director Jeremy Ramey’s swan song.

Review: 'Paris' is Steep Theatre's can-do reopening play - Chicago ...

After more than two years in the COVID-19 wilderness, Chicago’s Steep Theatre is back in action and with a new theater and free tickets to boot.

Review: "Spring Awakening" by Porchlight Music Theatre - Chicago Tr...

Review: A stunner of a lead performance in 'Spring Awakening' by Porchlight Music Theatre  Chicago Tribune

Review: 'Birthday Candles' on Broadway with Debra Messing - Chicago...

We first meet Ernestine when she is 17 years old, learning one of her family’s most abiding rituals: the baking of a favorite birthday cake

Chicago theater is determined to recover — how will it? - Chicago T...

Has one of the great theater cities on the planet just suffered the kind of blow that may require a recovery time of years?