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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
"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.
The Minnesota Transportation Museum, housed in a railroad roundhouse in St. Paul, is the setting for Frank Theatre’s “The Visit,” starring Kathe

Flour mill? Grocery store? All the world's a stage for Minnesota theaters

Staging plays outside of conventional spaces can be challenging. And thrilling.
Sally Field

There's a good reason Sally Field called memoir 'In Pieces'

NONFICTION: Memoir by actress never comes together, but it's not like she didn't warn us.
Maija García will lead internship and fellowship programs.

She worked with Spike Lee and Bill T. Jones and now she's a Guthrie staffer

The Guthrie Theater has hired a former Spike Lee and Bill T. Jones collaborator as its new director of professional training.Maija García, the Cuban-American…
Chaos erupts backstage during Artistry's "Noises Off," all of which takes place during performances of a doomed farce.

6 moments on Twin Cities stages that will give you goosebumps

From stirring songs to projectile vomiting, these are the moments you'll remember.
Leslie Odom Jr., who won a Tony for his portrayal of Aaron Burr, in “Hamilton.”

What turns a magical moment onstage into a true showstopper?

Those goosebumpy theatrical moments can be spectacular, of course — but also simple and subtle.
Shawn Hamilton as MLK and Pearce Bunting as LBJ in “The Great Society” at History Theatre.

Twin Cities' 10 can't-miss theater productions of the fall

Shows offer food for thought and fodder for laughs.
Harry Waters Jr. and Austene Van in “West of Central.”

Minneapolis play asks: What if 'The Thin Man' detective were a black woman?

The classic hard-boiled detective story gets gender- and race-flipped in a new play.
Bill Cunningham

Review: 'Fashion Climbing: A Memoir With Photographs,' by Bill Cunningham

NONFICTION: In a recently found memoir, Bill Cunningham reveals a lot about the millinery world, but little about himself.
Linus Vlatkovich with one of his favorite props, a 1925 Rolls-Royce created for the Guthrie’s 2006 staging of “The Great Gatsby.”

Guthrie Theater's retiring 'Prop God' has made everything from sofas to a Rolls-Royce

Guthrie props maker Linus Vlatkovich is putting away his tools after 46 years of crafting desks, sofas and Rolls-Royces.
Elliot Reed

Review: 'A Key to Treehouse Living,' by Elliot Reed

FICTION: This assured, elliptical debut novel describes the life of an unwanted child who learned to raise himself.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, foreground, with the cast during a performance of "Hamilton," in New York.

From Beyoncé to Harry Potter to Sondheim, here's the DNA that drives 'Hamilton'

You don't need 23andMe to explore the roots of the musical opening here Wednesday. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda laid it all out for us.
Joseph Morales, center, stars in the touring company of “Hamilton” that begins a six-week stand at the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday.

What's it like to be in 'Hamilton'? Mpls. crew: it's a 'once in a generation' thing

What's it like to be part of the blockbuster musical? The cast gets a tsunami of fan art and Instagram followers, for starters.
Members of Mixed Precipitation (Jackson Calhoun, Alex Adams-Leytes, Naomi Karstad, Leif Hove, Akiko Ostlund and Maya Avila) performed “Dr. Falstaff

Food, gardens, music: Picnic Operetta might be the perfect summer event

This weekend kicks off the 10th season of singing and snacking in the garden.
Joseph Haj: “It’s humbling in the extreme to recognize you haven’t done as much as you set out to do.”

After a tumultuous three years, Guthrie stays the course with director Haj

The artistic director reflects on the successes and "missteps" of his tenure so far.
Joshua Mattson Photo by Sundus Al-Bayati

Review: 'A Short Film About Disappointment,' by Joshua Mattson

FICTION: In the near future, a young man's film critiques reveal the sad details of his life.
Arcane Kitchen’s Lucas Ballweber searched for an open parking spot one recent morning near the food-truck mecca of 6th Street and 2nd Avenue S. in d

Minneapolis food trucks fight it out for prime parking: 'It can get crazy'

For food trucks frantically vying for a prime parking spot, it all comes down to five minutes.
Emma Healey Photo by Emily Gray Photography

Review: 'Whistle in the Dark' by Emma Healey

FICTION: Emma Healey's thriller uses a teenager's disappearance to explore family relationships and mental health.
Riley O’Toole and “Tyrone” in “Hand to God” at the Jungle Theater.

In the bawdy comedy 'Hand to God,' Twin Cities director goes mano a mano with puppets

Christina Baldwin knows her way around actors, but in "Hand to God" she directs puppets for the first time.
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7 reasons why Minnesotans hate mosquitoes

Does anyone not loathe our unofficial state bird? Here's why they're so awful.
Kirk Johnson, vector ecologist for the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, set up traps in Lauderdale.

Intrepid Minnesota mosquito fighter gets bitten so you don't have to

Kirk Johnson loathes skeeters, but he also is fascinated by them. And he knows where they live.
Production director David Stewart said resigning “is more bitter than sweet.”

Guthrie Theater's 'dream team' continues to splinter as production director heads for Disney

David Stewart is the third to resign; he's headed to work on shows for Disney.
Mohamed Malim: “Refugees are the hardest working people on this planet. … The word always reminds me of who I am.”

Recent St. Thomas grad helps clear a path for fellow refugees

Mohamed Malim co-founded an online business that sells bracelets made from recycled life jackets that were worn by refugees. Half the profits go to charity.
President Donald Trump made a joke about his hair earlier this year.

Minneapolis hairstylist realizes he's giving his client a Trump. But is it a trend?

You, too, can have the Donald Trump hairdo, but you'd better stock up on hair spray.
Minnesota police on Twitter: Come for the laughs, stay for the public safety warnings

Minnesota police on Twitter: Come for the laughs, stay for the public safety warnings

Some Minnesota police are using social media — and humor — to give people an inside look at what they do and who they are.
Elizabeth Scott, center, of Minneapolis gets a kick out of puns about the band Abba.

At new Twin Cities pun contest, word nerds have groan to love it

At a monthly pun competition, the audience's "awwwws" can rival the wordplay on stage.
Guthrie managing director Jennifer Bielstein, second from right, with artistic director Joseph Haj (center) and the rest of theater’s leadership tea

Guthrie Theater loses top female leader as managing director heads to Bay Area

Jennifer Bielstein becomes the second woman to leave the leadership team in a month.
Ahmed Ismail Yusuf, author of "The Lion's Binding Oath and Other Stories."

Review: 'The Lion's Binding Oath' by Ahmed Ismail Yusuf: Minnesota writer ends Somalia-set collection with a bang

FICTION: Minneapolis writer saves the best for last.
Mixed Blood Theatre has been a trailblazer for diversity with such shows as “Mermaid Hour: ReMixed,” a musical about a transgender child (Azoralla

At Twin Cities theaters, diversity is still waiting in the wings

The theater union Actors Equity is trying to live up to its name. But a study points to obstacles keeping diversity off the stage.
Kim Dean and Ron Palmer, at a spot on the second floor of St. Agnes School where Kim used to wait to catch a glimpse of Ron coming down the stairs fro

St. Paul friends made pact to marry at 50 if still single — and now they're doing it

Marriage is no joke, but it began as one for a St. Paul couple who met in 1981 and will be wed Friday.
Twin Cities Steel second baseman Matt Hawkins tagged out a Dallas TMC Octane baserunner during the 2017 North Star Classic.

3 big gay national sports tournaments coming to the Twin Cities this weekend

Organizers emphasize that the sports events are about inclusion.
Rob Lowe: “In this day and age, I think an audience would rather be laughing than not.”

Rob Lowe brings one-man show to Minneapolis: 'I'm playing the deep cuts'

"I'm nervous right now, talking about it, and that is why I do it," says Rob Lowe of the one-man show he's bringing to Minneapolis.
Mark Benninghofen plays a con man who nearly starts a war with Canada in the Chan Poling-Jeffrey Hatcher musical “Lord Gordon Gordon.”

For first act at least, new musical 'Lord Gordon Gordon' is fun fun

But the rest of this new musical could use some serious work.
U.S. skater Mirai Nagasu competed in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Skating in St. Paul or dancing on TV, Mirai Nagasu has 'Star' power to burn

Before dancing on TV, Mirai Nagasu performs on ice Sunday in St. Paul.
TU Dance and Bon Iver at the Palace Theater.

Dancers and musicians amplify each other in Bon Iver/TU Dance premiere in St. Paul

With powerful force, "Come Through" seems to explore themes of freedom, justice, equality and hope.
The Lorax — with puppeteers Meghan Kreidler, Rick Miller and H. Adam Harris — faces off against the Once-ler (Steven Epp) in “Dr. Seuss’s The

How Children's Theatre adapts little books like Dr. Seuss' 'Lorax' into big shows

Writers are thrilled when Children's Theatre wants to turn storybooks into plays. Then reality sets in.
Michelle de Joya (#11) and her teammates in “The Wolves” at Jungle Theater.

Jungle Theater drama about girls' soccer team is original and exhilarating

The Jungle's new play about young women features a bunch of actors you've never seen, and it's extraordinary.
Tyler Michaels will return to History Theatre as the title character in a reworked “Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story.”

Despite McNally Smith closing, History Theatre plans at least one more season in its St. Paul venue

Its lease was affected by McNally Smith bankruptcy. But it'll stay through at least the 2018-19 season.
Robert Lepage with a replica of his childhood apartment building.

Famed theatermaker brings his house of memories to Minneapolis in solo show '887'

Famed theatermaker Robert Lepage explores his childhood address in solo work "887" at the Walker.
Team photo: The Jungle Theater is presenting Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer finalist “The Wolves” with a cast of nine women making their Jungle debuts

Team of women powers Jungle Theater's smash play about soccer: 'It is a sea change'

We convened a roundtable with the 10 women who will be onstage and more than a dozen others working behind the scenes when the Pulitzer Prize finalist "The Wolves" opens Friday night.
Matt Wall in Theatre Pro Rata’s “Rocket Man.”

After a strong liftoff, Theatre Pro Rata's 'Rocket Man' veers off course

Review: After a fine launch, Theatre Pro Rata production of this Steven Dietz drama falters.
Mike Daisey: "I'm always sort of an unusual figure in the American theater."

Storyteller Mike Daisey in Minneapolis to turn 'A People's History' into theater

Part teacher, part theatermaker, he's tackling Howard Zinn's alternative history of the U.S.
Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage, whose new play “Floyd’s” will premiere at the Guthrie next year.

Guthrie books four female playwrights for 2018-19 season

The eight-show season includes a new play by Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage, "Metamorphoses" by Mary Zimmerman, a revival of "Guys and Dolls" and a Shakespeare-sized question mark.
Is he pondering the quickest route to the restroom? Tyler Michaels in “Assassins” at Theater Latté Da.

Take a break before you enjoy these intermission-free plays in the Twin Cities

You're in good company, with fewer intermissions during shows.
Jay Owen Eisenberg and Maren Ward in “Constance in the Darkness.”

Open Eye's trippy new musical is tuneful but unwieldy

Theater review: But Open Eye's trippy show has bright spots – especially the inventive Maren Ward.
Hugh Kennedy and Miriam Schwartz put on a touching performance in “Indecent” at the Guthrie Theater.

Guthrie Theater's 'Indecent' a stunning comedy/drama

Surviving a half-decade of legal challenges, censorship and war, a play lives to tell its tale.
Playwright Paula Vogel on the set of her play "Indecent" at the Guthrie.

Pulitzer winner finally gets a play on the Guthrie stage: 'This is huge for me'

Pulitzer winner Paula Vogel finally gets a work on the Guthrie stage: "This is huge for me."
Dieter Bierbrauer as John Wilkes Booth

Theater Latté Da hits the bull's-eye with 'Assassins' musical

Stephen Sondheim musical is moving and surprisingly funny.
A dedicated run
Veteran Guthrie actor JC Cutler has worked with the Animal Humane Society for nine years, putting in about 100 hours a year.

Minnesota stage star JC 'Scrooge' Cutler helps prepare dogs for new homes at Humane Society

There’s no acting involved when veteran performer JC Cutler snuggles a dog at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley. When Cutler — whose credits…
Chaos erupts backstage during Artistry’s “Noises Off,” all of which takes place during performances of a doomed farce.

Playwrights can't resist writing plays about plays

Sooner or later, most playwrights explore subject matter they know well — the theater.
From left, Richard Thomas, Therese Plaehn, Pamela Reed, Lauren Klein, Daisy Eagan and Luis Vega in “The Humans.”

Laughs, and scares, come regularly in 'The Humans'

"The Humans" are trying to survive in Stephen Karam's blistering comedy.
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