A north-side native who spent his youth frequenting Wrigley Field and following the gospel according to Del Close, Jake Johnson is Chicago to the core.
Tag: Chicago theater
Plays in a pandemic
By the time this year ends (it is gonna end, right?), Reader critics will, by my count, have reviewed 69 live theater and dance performances. That’s far less than in most years, but a veritable cornucopia after the onstage famine that began in March 2020. But just when we think it’s safe to go back […]
An actor who stayed
Editor’s note: William J. Norris, a veteran Chicago actor whose career included playing Scrooge for the Goodman production of A Christmas Carol for a dozen years and performing with the late Organic Theater in their legendary sci-fi serial, Warp!, died at his home in Iowa on November 30 at age 75. Mark Larson, author of […]
Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss is out
Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss has been dropped after 34 years on the job.
Aziza Barnes’s BLKS needs to take itself more srsly
Steppenwolf’s Girls-like latest scores laughs but pulls its own punches.
How Chicago shaped Hugh Hefner and his Playboy empire, and other news
Also, Governor Rauner signs a bill expanding abortion coverage.
Hacked e-mails show Clinton campaign wanted to move Illinois primary from March to April or May, and other Chicago news
Donald Trump’s honorary street sign is gone.
Cheers Live, Dog Night, The Happiest Place on Earth, and nine more new theater reviews
The latest Chicago stage shows range from the rawly emotional to the enjoyably ridiculous.
Onstage this fall: Race and violence
Chicago’s fall theater season shows a new emphasis on social consciousness.
The Laquan McDonald video effect? Shootings increase, arrests decline, and other Chicago news
Also, Rahm vs. the rats.
How Chicago theater artists are diversifying the city’s stages
Efforts are underway to make Chicago’s theater less uniformly white, thin, able-bodied, and gender-conforming.
Chris Jones wins national honor for drama criticism
The Tribune‘s longtime drama critic wins a prestigious Nathan Award.
A lot of Claudia Cassidy and somewhat less of everyone else
Chris Jones publishes an anthology of Chicago Tribune theater criticism.
The Chicago International Film Festival, and the rest of this week’s movies
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue
The Reader’s Agenda: Fri 11/23
What’s on the Agenda for Friday, November 23, 2012