Chris Jones

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Reviews (184)
Chicago Tribune

"All the ensemble performers here — are superb. And while this is no traditional Broadway attraction, with all the attendant risks for the producers, the production values for the show are inventive and strikingly well realized." Full Review

New York Daily News

"A cautionary tale for families with young kids: Christmas Eve nightmares may be caused...Nothing wrong with a good shudder at the holidays. Gets you in practice for the new year." Full Review

New York Daily News

"Fully competent and coherent, 'Almost Famous' has a lively book, a rich score, many skilled and engaging performers and a nicely droll visual pallet from the designers." Full Review

New York Daily News

"All in all, this is really a show about how much we all need love, and to be loved. By our family, our friends and our country." Full Review

New York Daily News

"The actors, working under the direction of Jo Bonney, are honest and solid; Mozgala is a veritable forcefield of signals and manipulations." Full Review

POTUS
Midtown W
New York Daily News

"Like a lot of farces, this one runs out of steam before the end, partly because the mostly unseen antagonist (we do get his legs) becomes sufficiently incapacitated that he can no longer do much to roll the events to a climax and partly because the play doesn’t quite know what to do with an underwritten reporter who does not seem to want to report. And the craziness dial is so far to the right, so early in the show, the play doesn’t really save enough of itself for a full-on Act Two build." Full Review

Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Chicago Tribune

"McDonagh, who has had enough success not to have to answer to anybody, is having fun saying things few in the theater even dare to whisper these days, of course, and that will delight those who don’t look for moral earnestness or a neatly tied thematic bow to accompany their precious nights out on Broadway." Full Review

New York Daily News

"It’s an unsettling experience, of course, now produced at an unsettling moment when most of our attention has been placed elsewhere. As such, it dislocates and worries in a way that I don’t think was true in 1997. You deserve to be appraised of that. As we all know, the world only spins forward and yet the habits and predilections of some always seem to find a way to adapt." Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"The play’s three characters roar at each other in sparse patriarchal metaphor, demanding verbal submission and claiming victory, even though nothing they are actually saying or doing or achieving matters a jot in the grand scheme of things. These are small-time hustlers, masters of a universe of nothing." Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"But those really are minor quibbles in a truly must-see show that is fully successful when it comes to everything that really matters. Messing didn’t pick some revival or obvious showcase for her comedic chops: she strives mightily and beautifully to find her way through a wise and sad drama, just like the character she plays." Full Review

New York Daily News

"A good time for all ages, despite our beloved, battered Broadway, is exactly what the audience-friendly, warm-centered, modestly scaled “Mrs. Doubtfire” delivers. In other seasons, this show might have looked like more of the same. Fair enough. It’s retro. It’s old-school musical comedy. It’s no font of formative innovation. But this year, the breadth of its target demographic stands out. Certainly, it’s the best current choice for families visiting the city and looking for a fresh show to s... Full Review

New York Daily News

for a previous production "‘Girl from the North Country’ is a genuinely soulful and cathartic experience" Full Review

New York Daily News

"‘A Soldier’s Play’ is as powerful as ever after nearly 40 years" Full Review

New York Daily News

for a previous production "Overstuffed, simplistic Alanis Morissette musical ‘Jagged Little Pill’ is hard to swallow" Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"'GoT’ star Peter Dinklage is a gruff, edgy ‘Cyrano’ off-Broadway" Full Review

New York Daily News

for a previous production "In optimistic ‘American Utopia,’ David Byrne offers up reasons to be cheerful" Full Review

New York Daily News

"You get the sense here that the scale of the production comes with utter intentionality — an honoring of great material more than a quest for profit. And, therefore, that feeling of determined mission permeates everything that’s happening. You’ll get all the feels you need." Full Review

The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Chicago Tribune

"Marisa Tomei is passionate and terrific in 'Rose Tattoo’ on Broadway" Full Review

Chicago Tribune

for a previous production "‘Slave Play’ on Broadway mixes race and sex and is as challenging as you’ve heard" Full Review

The Great Society
Upper W Side
New York Daily News

"‘The Great Society’ has lots of history, not enough bite in play about LBJ’s last years as president" Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"Meat Loaf-inspired musical ‘Bat Out of Hell’ arrives off-Broadway, and far from paradise." Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"The age of the work sometimes shows; its devices and its rhetoric are throwbacks. But with a lot of help from McDonald and a deceptively expressionistic set from Riccardo Hernandez, the director Arin Arbus effectively operates on the levels of the then and the now. In the best moments of the piece, you think about the different terms of relationships in the 1980s and also how so much and yet so little has changed." Full Review

Ink
Midtown W
New York Daily News

“For today’s battered journos assaulted by newsroom cutbacks...’Ink’ is gloriously nostalgic catnip for a vanished era of newsprint and reckless behavior...Much of the appeal of ‘Ink’, directed with palpable if unsubtle joy by Gould on a cheerily chaotic Bunny Christie setting, centers on that evocation of circa 1970, and on the colorful, boozy characters then found in tabloid newsrooms...Yet in the end, ‘Ink’ is a bit of a morality play.” Full Review

All My Sons
Midtown W
New York Daily News

"With Letts smoldering away, the whole decency thing is a sham — an affectation, a role Joe has learned how to play. And Annette Bening is not far behind: She elicits relatively little sympathy as Kate...Letts’ performance likely will strike some as odd or disconnected — I find it perfectly in tune with the moment, and there is much to like about Bening’s work, too...Had Letts been given some raging players to match his own buried ferocity, we'd likely have seen even more of his teeth." Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"Most dramas of presidential politics are portentous epics. By those standards, 'Hillary and Clinton' is like an absurdist soupçon, an extended 'SNL' sketch, a whimsical look at one of the most crucial moments in the political life of Hillary Rodham Clinton..Just because Hnath’s genre is different doesn’t mean his work is less substantial...I’ve liked this play since I first saw its premiere in Chicago — and, in Metcalf and Lithgow, it now has two in-sync old pros." Full Review

KPOP (Broadway)
Midtown W
New York Daily News

“ 'KPOP' felt like it was struggling to fulfill all the complex expectations it was facing, ironically a manifestation of its own internal themes." Full Review

New York Daily News

"It’s a great truth that acting is not so much about people but people in motion...As is the case with Tesori’s roiling score, their work here is kinetic." Full Review

New York Daily News

“ 'Walking with Ghosts,' directed by Lonny Price, has some quirks. It’s only loosely staged with minimal visual accoutrements and it hews too closely to the memoir." Full Review

New York Daily News

"Truly, it’s a rich and moving star performance and the reason to see the show." Full Review

New York Daily News

"I think I’ll remember this show the most for how it uses a family album...variously fascinated by various new photographic technologies as a tool for remembering." Full Review

New York Daily News

"'Mr. Saturday Night' feels more like a play with music: its focus is on the price paid to be funny, a fee not just exacted from the comedian, but also a family. In an ideal world, all of the comedic energy in those routines would flow directly into the songs, making them an organic part of the comedy-pain axis on which this show turns as it probes Buddy’s shifting but perpetually destructive psyche." Full Review

New York Daily News

"How is this revival? Moving, for anyone fond of the play, partly because the director and choreographer, Camille A. Brown, has sought to expand the scope of the work, allowing to encompass gender fluidity and deafness. In other words, more people now get to sing its song, which is heartening and affirmative. It makes the audience feel like the text is alive and breathing." Full Review

New York Daily News

"'Take Me Out' now feels like a period piece, with no comment on transgender issues, queerness or any of the other political hot potatoes today. The same is true of the racial dynamic...'Take Me Out' is a very smart play, a cleverly structured piece that uses sport — and, yes, nudity — to explore salient questions well worth a couple of hours in the theater. It’s also a gentle and humanistic piece of work...The production is, for sure, broad and embracing of an exuberant kind of theatricality... Full Review

Harmony
Financial
New York Daily News

"'Harmony' has such gorgeous harmonics as to accommodate more dissonance. And pain. Manilow and Sussman’s inherent optimism as songwriters gives the show that freedom. It should grab it and find its way to Midtown." Full Review

New York Daily News

"Clarified, intensified and inestimably improved since its less-cohesive Chicago tryout...All of the writerly comings and goings can be felt at times as Allen Moyer’s turntable set spins, although far less than in Chicago, thanks to the unifying efforts of Howland’s growing suite of music, which is rich, earnest and emotionally potent...The show genuinely wants to be entertaining, of course, and much of the time it succeeds. It movingly celebrates the power of love and of families we make for... Full Review

Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
New York Daily News

"The beaten-down, formerly incarcerated staffers, all of whom have had major struggles in life, are forever in fear of the manager, the kind of toxic personality who will get right up in your face on a daily basis and, on occasion, will bruise both your psyche and your physical body. And yet, “Clyde’s” is a dark Broadway comedy, replete with a terrifyingly funny performance from Uzo Aduba (”Orange is the New Black”) as the titular boss from hell. And, to my mind, this is a very clever, mul... Full Review

New York Daily News

"‘West Side Story’ gets a whole new look on Broadway from director Ivo Van Hove" Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"In ‘My Name is Lucy Barton’ on Broadway, Laura Linney shines in a complex solo play set in fictional Illinois" Full Review

The Inheritance
Midtown W
New York Daily News

"Epic 7-hour play ‘The Inheritance' is richly-layered, moving AIDS drama" Full Review

New York Daily News

for a previous production "Jukebox musical 'The Tina Turner Story' keeps on rollin’ thanks to ‘phenomenal’ Adrienne Warren in title role" Full Review

New York Daily News

"Mary-Louise Parker shines in Adam Rapp’s exquisitely dark drama ‘The Sound Inside’" Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"'The Lightning Thief’ opens on Broadway, all just flash and fun." Full Review

Linda Vista
Midtown W
Chicago Tribune

"‘Linda Vista’ is Steppenwolf back on Broadway, but out of step" Full Review

New York Daily News

"Surprise guest stars each night help make ’freestyle love supreme’ a manic mix of improv and hip-hop" Full Review

New York Daily News

"Tom Hiddleston is perfectly cast in riveting revival of Harold Pinter’s 'Betrayal' on Broadway" Full Review

New York Daily News

"Broadway’s ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ is dazzling, decadent live translation of 2001 movie." Full Review

New York Daily News

for a previous production "One of those what-were-they-thinking shows that crop up on Broadway and spend tens of millions of dollars mostly to reveal an eye-popping tonal disconnect...The problems with this show — which does, at least, feature a cool set design from David Korins, witty costumes from William Ivey Long and a genuinely funny shrunken head — are fundamentally structural...Truly, this is most cacophonous and ill-conceived musical of the season — in fact, for several seasons." Full Review

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
New York Daily News

“There really is much to like about ‘Tootsie’. Horn’s book is chock-a-block with digressive one-liners...The kinetic Yazbek score — jazzy, brassy and evocative of the ’80s in a gently satiric way — is also great fun, which is no slight...But ‘Tootsie’ struggles mightily to get past one problem...It needs to punish Michael for his ruse...And yet, the show well knows that everyone has come to see Dorothy Michaels...The show wants both to deconstruct 'Tootsie', and snag its nostalgic fans." Full Review

New York Daily News

"The weird new play from Mac that, depending on your tolerance for the comedically scatological, circuitous, and nihilistic, will either transfix you or drive you screaming from the theater hoping never again to encounter so many corpses with flatulence...Lane is quite spectacularly good here…‘Gary’ is unlike anything you’ve ever seen and, through its very presence on Broadway, an act of clear desperation and an important meditation on the role of the comic in a geopolitical hellhole." Full Review

New York Daily News

“The thrillingly alarmist new Broadway musical with the score that feels like it comes from somewhere deep in the American gut...An eye-popping, mythological blend of steampunk...’Hadestown’ feels like the most relevant and resistant musical in town, but it never comes off as shrill or moving in some kind of dull lockstep with all the other self-aware plays and musicals lamenting Trump’s America by playing tritely to the choir, critics and all.” Full Review