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Chris Hewitt

Critic | Theater
Phone: 612-673-4367
Location: Minneapolis
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Theater critic Chris Hewitt previously worked at the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, where he covered movies and then theater. Also, he occasionally gets to write book reviews.

Armed with a degree in the lucrative field of history, Chris has written for publications that vary from a small-town newspaper to a city magazine to national sites. He's probably reading a good book right this minute.
Recent content from Chris Hewitt
Theater Latté Da’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” features cisgender actor Tyler Michaels King as the title character.

With 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' Minneapolis theater sparks dialogue on gender identity and casting

Theater Latté Da knew casting a cisgender actor to star in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" would start a conversation.
Jay O. Sanders as Cyrano and Robert Lenzi as Christian in the Guthrie’s “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

How the Guthrie's romantic 'Cyrano' stacks up against 70-plus years of adaptations

The big-nosed title character looms large, but he's just one in a trio of characters at the Guthrie.
Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) fights to keep Jason (Evan Alex) and Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) safe in “Us.”

'Us,' Jordan Peele's latest chiller, is scarier than 'Get Out'

Review: A vacationing family battles doppelgänger enemies.
Molly Sue McDonald, Joe Nathan Thomas, JC Cutler, Bob Beverage and Chelsie Newhard in “The Cradle Will Rock,” an unironic operetta that makes a pl

Review: Minneapolis returns fondly remembered musical, 'Cradle Will Rock'

Big Business rules in an 80-year-old musical that doesn't feel that old.
John Torturro and Julianne Moore in “Gloria Bell.”

Julianne Moore is a knockout lead in 'Gloria Bell'

Star's gripping performance carries this drama about a lonely woman.
With a cast of mostly first-generation Americans, Jungle Theater’s “School Girls” features actors with Senegalese, Nigerian, Somali, Liberian an

Inspired by Minnesota beauty queen, Jungle Theater's 'School Girls' questions colorism

A Minnesota beauty queen inspired Jocelyn Bioh's play about discrimination according to skin tone.
Writer/director Eric Simonson has made sports-themed shows a specialty, with Broadway’s “Bronx Bombers” and “Lombardi” among his credits. Th

Sports-obsessed director takes swing at 1919 World Series scandal with Minnesota Opera premiere

Writer and director Eric Simonson sees an "uplifting tragedy" in the 1919 World Series scandal.
Gracie Anderson and C. Ryan Shipley star in Old Log Theatre’s “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical.”

Old Log Theatre channels Rosemary Clooney with nostalgic jukebox musical

Old Log Theatre channels a 20th-century legend with a clumsy but tuneful jukebox musical.
Simon Garfield's new book celebrates all things tiny.

REVIEW: 'In Miniature,' by Simon Garfield

NONFICTION: Simon Garfield turns his attention to miniatures — like those tiny Eames chairs — and the results leave you wanting more.
Brie Larson in a scene from "Captain Marvel."

'Captain Marvel' is the humane superhero we need right now

REVIEW: Dandy epic reveals Captain Marvel's real superpower is her humanity.
The Guthrie Theater announced its 2019-20 season on Tuesday.

Guthrie Theater's 2019-20 season travels from Southern 'Steel Magnolias' to British 'Emma'

There's lots of romance and comedy on tap for theater's 2019-20 season.
The title role of “Greta” fits Isabelle Huppert (with Chloë Grace Moretz) like a glove.

Isabelle Huppert gets a meaty role in matriarchal thriller 'Greta'

Review: Isabelle Huppert shines as this thriller's villain.
The cast of the Broadway production of the musical fable “Once on This Island.”

Ordway to kick off musical-packed 2019-20 season with 'Smokey Joe's Cafe'

The 2019-20 lineup also includes three shows new to the Twin Cities.
Alfonso Cuarón, holding his three Oscars for best director, best cinematography and best foreign language film for “Roma,” during the Governors B

How Mexican filmmakers came to rule the Oscars

Thanks to the writers/directors/bros who call themselves the Three Amigos, the only other countries with more overall Oscar success are France and Italy.
Melissa McCarthy walked on stage to present the award for best costume design Sunday at the Oscars.

Analysis: Without a host, the Oscars were a lot less fun for TV viewers

There was no usual acknowledgement of the ridiculousness of all these wealthy people spending three hours together, patting each other on the back.
Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are both nominated for best supporting actress for “The Favourite” despite being co-leads in the film.

Increasingly, Oscars supporting actor categories have been won by slumming leads

You're a lead actor who wants an easier path to an Oscar? No problem. Go supporting.
Real-life married couple Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem play former lovers in “Everybody Knows.”

Spouses Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem team up for a riveting thriller

Riveting Spanish-language thriller stars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
Max Wojtanowicz (Le Beau/Silvius) and Sun Mee Chomet (Phoebe) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of "As You Like It."

Guthrie offers a lusty rom-com 'As You Like It'

Guthrie production sets play in the present — and in a sunnier part of Shakespeare's world.
“Nobody’s Looking At You” by Janet Malcolm

Review: 'Nobody's Looking at You,' by Janet Malcolm

NONFICTION: Janet Malcolm's wide-ranging new collection is a thoughtful delight.
Park Square Theatre’s artistic director, Flordelino Lagundino, will direct two shows in the 2019-20 season, both by Korean-American playwrights.

Park Square Theatre's 2019-20 season accents music and immigrant stories

Park Square Theatre announced its inaugural season under artistic director Lagundino.
Painter Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) is loosely based on German artist Gerhard Richter in “Never Look Away.”

Although based on a true story, German Oscar nominee 'Never Look Away' feels fake

Drama gets to a good place, but takes too long to get there.
Tracey Maloney plays groundbreaking flight attendant Mary Pat Laffey in “Stewardess!” at the History Theatre.

New play depicts 'stewardess' whose Northwest Airlines lawsuit changed the world

History Theatre's "Stewardess!" shows how Mary Pat Laffey gathered co-workers to battle sexism at Minnesota's Northwest Airlines.
Lucy/Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks, and Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, in “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.”

Everything isn't awesome in so-so sequel to 'Lego Movie'

Cluttered movie takes the accent off comedy and puts it on action.
Managing director James Haskins, left, and development director Mollie Alexander Hogan will join the Guthrie Theater in March.

Guthrie Theater rebuilds leadership team after high-profile departures

With two new hires, the theater completes its five-person senior management team.
Sally Wingert, as Desirée Armfeldt, with Mark Benninghofen, as Frederik Egerman, on the set of Theater Latte Da’s “A Little Night Music.”

Meet the 'First Couple' of Twin Cities theater

Sally Wingert and Mark Benninghofen are not a couple, but they play one on stage. A lot.
Isabella Star LaBlanc, Megan Burns and Rosey Lowe return for a second shot at “The Wolves,” a Jungle Theater production.

Jungle Theater's 'Wolves' comes back stronger for second Minneapolis run

Last year's superb production is back, and it's better than ever.
Thornton Wilder, shown in 1931, was born in Madison, Wis. His writing career spanned several decades and included novels, plays and screenplays.

For Twin Cities theater artists, Thornton Wilder's 'Midwestern optimism' is more vital than ever

An upcoming production insists that Thornton Wilder still has important things to say.
Laila Robins, Linda Kelsey and Stephen Yoakam play physicists waiting out a catastrophic event in “The Children,” an apocalyptic drama inspired by

Review: Minneapolis play finds laughs and drama in aftermath of nuclear explosion

Nothing is certain in dazzlingly acted drama as three scientists face an unknown future.
Caissie Levy as Elsa in the New York production of “Frozen.”

Broadway's 'Frozen' coming to Minneapolis, with another 'Hamilton' down the road

Hennepin Theatre will also bring "Hamilton" back to Minneapolis. We just don't know when.
Jeffrey Wright in "Hold the Dark."

Forget the big screen: 12 superb movies you can see only by streaming

Oscar nods for Netflix's "Roma" make this a watershed moment for streaming services.
A workshop last summer helped artists at Winona’s Great River Shakespeare Festival apply principles of intimacy choreography in shows including “S

Twin Cities actors turn to 'intimacy directors' to choreograph sexuality on stage

A new theater movement insists intimacy should be as well orchestrated as violence.
A scene from "Dollhouse."

St. Paul filmmaker hits Slamdance with Britney Spears-inspired satire where 'actors' are dolls

Nicole Brending has won a spot at the Slamdance fest for her outrageous feminist pop-star critique "Dollhouse."
Luca Guadagnino will talk about his movies “Suspiria,” “I Am Love,” “A Bigger Splash” and “Call Me by Your Name” in Minneapolis.

Italian director will talk about his movies – and his terrors ­– in Minneapolis

Director Luca Guadagnino is bringing four films to the Walker for a conversation. Just don't call it a retrospective.
Anne Hathaway

In new thriller, Anne Hathaway plays a femme fatale we actually care about

"Serenity" presents a modern spin on a film noir staple.
Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in “Serenity.” GRAHAM BARTHOLOMEW • Aviron Pictures

Overstuffed Anne Hathaway/Matthew McConaughey movie doesn't quite come together

This thriller isn't entirely successful, but it offers an intriguing update of film noir tropes.
Bruce Willis in M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass."

Latest from M. Night Shyamalan is a clever sequel that flirts with ridiculousness

M. Night Shyamalan's new one is not perfect, but "Unbreakable" fans should welcome it.
Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig in “Cold War.”

Short-listed for the foreign film Oscar, Polish "Cold War" is a doomed love story

Polish actor Joanna Kulig is electrifying in a filmmaker's take on his parents' troubled romance.
Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in “On the Basis of Sex.”

Whether it's Gandhi, Ginsburg or Dick Cheney, Hollywood biopics usually get it wrong

With very few exceptions, trying to cram a famous life into two hours is a losing game.
Karen Thompson Walker Photo by Dan Hawk

Review: 'The Dreamers,' by Karen Thompson Walker

FICTION: Like Karen Thompson Walker's previous stunner, "The Age of Miracles," "The Dreamers" says the world is a frightening place.
Zain Al Rafeea in “Capernaum.”

Spirit of two children powers Lebanese Oscar contender 'Capernaum'

Two young performers highlight the foreign-film Oscar contender from Lebanon.
For the past 2½ years, six soldiers — three from the U.K. and three from Argentina — have performed “Minefield” all over the world.

Out There performers show Minneapolis audiences what's next in the world of theater

Experimental artists from around the world come to Walker Art Center for its annual performance fest.
Sarah Rasmussen backstage at the Jungle Theater.

She made a big splash at a Twin Cities theater this year. Meet our Artist of the Year.

Whether Sarah Rasmussen is directing family at home or top actors at the Jungle, "It is exactly the same skills."
Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in “On the Basis of Sex.”

Mpls. actor excels in RBG biopic, but same can't be said for everything

Dramatized version not as good as this year's documentary portrait.
Christian Bale portrays former Vice President Dick Cheney and Amy Adams is his wife, Lynne, in “Vice.”

Stars great as Dick and Lynne Cheney, but 'Vice' is all over the place

Adam McKay's biographical movie takes on Dick Cheney. It's not a pretty picture.
Paddington, voiced by Ben Whishaw, undertakes a series of adventures in “Paddington 2.”

These 10 movies were the best Hollywood had to offer in 2018

The year's best movie bears repeating.
Tyler Michaels as Lee Harvey Oswald, foreground, in “Assassins” by Theater Latté Da.

'Assassins' and 'Wolves' top the year on Twin Cities stages

1. “Assassins”: Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 28-year-old musical about damaged people’s drastic attempts to deal with a confusing world could not have been more…
Bradley Greenwald is the creator and star of “The Longest Night,” accompanied by Sonja Thompson.

Mpls. actor Bradley Greenwald is having himself a busy little Christmas

Singer/actor is in two holiday shows at two Minneapolis theaters.
Sara Marsh and Luverne Seifert in "Blackbird."

'Blackbird' at Minneapolis' Dark & Stormy theater explores the aftershocks of abuse

Sara Marsh and Luverne Seifert offer incisive takes in this drama that plays out like a duet on a particularly thorny piece of music.
From left, Peni (voiced by Kimiko Glen), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake

Animated 'Spider-Man' movie does whatever a spider can, beautifully

This animated trip through the "Spider-Verse" is funny, beautiful and empowering.
Margot Robbie plays Queen Elizabeth I.

'Mary Queen of Scots' couldn't rule England and won't rule the box office

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are bogged down by stodgy film.
"Animus" at the Southern Theatre in Minneapolis will blend live-on-stage film with theater, featuring Emily Michaels King (above) and Debra Berger.

Comfort and joy? Some Twin Cities theaters go running the opposite way

Amid the onslaught of holiday shows, some Twin Cities theaters march to a different beat.
Emma Stone plays Abigail in “The Favourite.”

Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz fight to be 'The Favourite' in a juicy royal comedy

Two Oscar winners wage an insult-filled fight to be a queen's "Favourite."
Rajané Katurah Brown and Jamecia Bennett in “Marie and Rosetta.”

Sounds of Blackness singer wows in play about music legend

Review: Rajané Katurah Brown and Jamecia Bennett kill it in "Marie and Rosetta."
Sue Perkins, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and Mel Giedroyc in “The Great British Baking Show.”

Walker Art Center's annual award-winning TV ads lead a British pop culture invasion

The annual Arrows Awards at Walker Art Center are just part of a media onslaught on its way from the U.K.
Tyler Michaels returns as Bobby Vee in “Teen Idol.”

Crowd-pleasing, tuneful tribute to Bobby Vee returns to St. Paul's History Theatre

Tyler Michaels dazzles in musical tribute to Fargo singer/songwriter Bobby Vee.
Kurtis Blow in "Hip Hop Nutcracker" Live at Dolby Theatre on November 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Rap legend Kurtis Blow leads 'Hip Hop Nutcracker' in St. Paul: 'I am a Christmas rapper'

Kurtis Blow's dancing, rapping and preaching all come together in "Hip Hop Nutcracker" at the Ordway this week.
Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan, right) squares off against Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu) in “Creed II.”

'Creed II' adds a triumphant new chapter to the Rocky saga

The fighter faces off against Drago's offspring, building upon the franchise's rich fathers-and-sons mythology.
Willem Dafoe stars as Vincent van Gogh.

'Brilliant' Van Gogh film helps us see the world as the painter saw it

Painter/filmmaker Julian Schnabel directs Willem Dafoe in an intense portrait.
Each year Dave and Donna Hanson savor a piece of the wedding cake they first shared in 1961.

Minnetonka couple have made marriage – and cake – last for 57 years

A Minnetonka couple have been happily married for 57 years, and they have the original wedding cake to prove it.
Eddie Redmayne in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”

New 'Fantastic Beasts' film establishes closer connection to Potterverse

Sequel improves on previous "Fantastic Beasts" but more Dumbledore, please, and thanks.
Star Tribune / photo provided by the Ordway CenterDolly Parton's "A Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol" is coming to St. Paul's Ordway Concert Hall Saturd

It'll be a Holly Dolly Christmas in St. Paul as Parton premieres a new holiday musical

Music legend Dolly Parton borrows from Charles Dickens and her childhood for a holiday musical premiering at the Ordway.
Nathaniel Fuller and Charity Jones share the iconic role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Guthrie production of “A Christmas Carol.”

A tale of two Scrooges – one male, one female – in Guthrie Theater's 'A Christmas Carol'

Nathaniel Fuller steps back into a signature role while Charity Jones takes an increased one — both as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Michelle Rodriguez, Viola Davis and Elizabeth Debicki make their plans in”Widows.”

Viola Davis and a team of 'Widows' pull off an entertaining caper

Bereaved robbers team up in this pulpy caper penned by Gillian Flynn.
Three sweet spots in the Guthrie’s Wurtele Thrust Stage: “The slope,” as it’s called, has a steep rake that makes it prime real estate for sho

What you don't know about seating at Guthrie, Ordway and other top Twin Cities theaters

Think all Twin Cities theater seats are created equal? Think again.
Performers in Cirque de Soleil’s production “Corteo” rehearsed on the Cyr wheel. The cast includes 51 acrobats, musicians, and actors from all a

Review: Cirque spectacle brings aerialists, a ladder gymnast and a death-defying singer to Minneapolis

The first act of "Corteo" is jaw-dropping; the second has issues.
Steve Epp and Heidi Bakke rehearse a scene from The 4 Seasons. ] * The Moving Company rehearses their next show, “The 4 Seasons,” at the The Lab T

Minneapolis theater company tries to get a handle on change with '4 Seasons'

The Moving Company draws on Chekhov, Vivaldi and more to reflect on change.
A multiple-exposure portrait of Kate Sutton-Johnson on her set for the door-banging farce “Noises Off,” opening Friday at the Guthrie.

Minneapolis designer's set is the dazzling star of Guthrie Theater's latest show

Her work has dazzled audiences for years. Now set designer Kate Sutton-Johnson gets a big Guthrie welcome.

Minneapolis theater troupe accentuates the bawdy humor in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'

Theatre Coup d'Etat's "The Tempest" is pared down but still stormy.
Sally Field is curious to find out what attendees will be curious about at Talking Volumes. “I’m looking forward to it,” she said.

Sally Field comes to Minn. with new memoir: 'It became my confidante'

As Sally Field pieced together her storied life, a new memoir "became my confidante, my best friend, my companion."
The interactive “Second Skin” offers theatergoers an iPod and earbuds so they can follow audio clues.

There will be blood: Stage is set for Twin Cities Horror Festival

Wanna be embalmed? Experience terror on the Midtown Greenway? Twin Cities Horror Festival is back for more live-action gore and suspense.
Julian McFaul is Everyman, the lone human in “A Prelude to Faust” at Open Eye Figure Theatre. This is the theater’s fourth retelling of the old

Minneapolis theater returns to a signature piece, one last time

With its fourth — and final — "Faust," Open Eye Figure Theatre opens a door to the future. Then it will destroy the show once and for all.
Clashes in the Oval Office take center stage in History Theatre’s “The Great Society,” starring Pearce Bunting as Lyndon Johnson, Andrew Erskine

History Theatre's LBJ play buoyed by 'Great' performances

Pearce Bunting's charismatic LBJ leads a large cast at St. Paul's History Theatre.
Dwight Leslie showed off his finished temporary tattoos for “Last Stop on Market Street” at the Children’s Theatre.

To ink or not to ink? Tattoos have become a thing on the stage

Like a waistcoat or wig or other costuming device, they can be a valuable storytelling tool.
Sasha Andreev and Adelin Phelps star in “Understood.”

Play aims to get 'Reds' and 'Blues' to cross the divide

A Minneapolis theater troupe hopes to bridge the partisan divide with a new play: "If you really understand someone, there's no way you can hate them."
A large crowd lined up to get in to opening night of Hamilton at the Orpheum Theatre.

Twin Cities theaters say 'Hamilton' isn't swiping fans – it may even add some

Local theaters debate the show's impact on their own ticket sales.
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