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Chris Hewitt

Critic | Theater
Phone: 612-673-4367
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

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
Novelist Alice Hoffman is part of Talking Volumes, with her WWII-set “The World That We Knew.” She opens the series Sept. 25 at the Fitzgerald The

'Write my life': A stranger's plea inspired Alice Hoffman's new novel

An encounter years ago led to Alice Hoffman's new Holocaust-inspired novel.
While some people do turn down her offer of a haircut, many others are eager for Katie Steller’s kind outreach and respect.

Stylist takes her Minneapolis salon to the streets — to cut hair for homeless people

Katie Steller is making this world a better place one cut at a time.
Jim Carter as Charles Carson in “Downton Abbey.”

Review: 'Downton Abbey' movie is everything fans of the series could hope for

It probably won't mean much to you if you didn't watch the TV version, since it picks up where the series left off, with no recap.
Carey Cox as Laura Wingfield in “The Glass Menagerie.”

Must disabled characters be played by disabled actors? Guthrie Theater actor says yes

"Glass Menagerie" actor Carey Cox says it should be actors with disabilities.
Director Marielle Heller and Tom Hanks are on the set of TriStar Pictures’ “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

He's been dead 16 years but Mister Rogers remains force for change, director says

Mister Rogers is back in the neighborhood, with Tom Hanks in the role. Director Marielle Heller thinks we need the TV legend more than ever.
Jim Carter in "Downton Abbey."

Tighten up your corset and get ready for the 'Downton' movie

It's been a while, so here's what you need to know about the movie version of the TV series.
Rendell DuBose and China Brickey of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.”

The hits keep coming in Ordway tribute to songwriters Leiber and Stoller

Leiber and Stoller's songs, including "On Broadway," power musical revue.
The cast of the Jungle's macabre musical, "Ride the Cyclone," features (front, from left) Gabrielle Dominique and Shinah Brashears. (middle) Josh Zwic

Minneapolis actor/singer appears in her third Jungle Theater show in six months

Nonspeaking part in her first play at Jungle Theater has led to a big year for Becca Hart.
Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort in “The Goldfinch.” Warner Bros.

Adaptation captures the story but not the feel of bestselling 'Goldfinch'

Movie crams in the plot of the bestseller but forgets everything else.
A friar (Neal Beckman, in black) attempts to wed Hero (Samantha Fairchild) and Claudio (Jacob Hooper). It doesn’t go well.

Double the sets, double the lines: Minneapolis theater puts on two classic plays at once

Witty music and a breezy setting update Shakespeare's classic rom-com.
Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in “It Chapter Two.” Warner Bros.

Stephen King contributes a deft cameo to 'It' sequel, but it's so-so

Bill Hader is great and some scenes have punch, but this sequel is a bumpy ride.
Jim Burke, at the 2019 Oscars.

2019 has brought this Minn. filmmaker big grosses and lifetime award

Producer Jim Burke's movies include "The Descendants," "Cedar Rapids," "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" and "Election."
A play a day: Your guide to Twin Cities theater in September

A play a day: Your guide to Twin Cities theater in September

To help you wrap your brain around these 30 crazy days, we've worked out your all-theater month.
Danielle Troiano, Mikell Sapp, Eric Sharp, Meghan Kreidler and Damian Leverett in “Hot Asian Doctor Husband.”

Minneapolis world premiere plays off 'Crazy Rich Asians,' views rom-coms through a biracial lens

Theater Mu's dark comedy says being biracial makes the dating puzzle even more puzzling.
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” director Richard Linklater.

Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater put a bit of his own family in 'Bernadette'

Filmmaker found himself musing on his own family as he directed Cate Blanchett.
Cate Blanchett as the title character in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

Cate Blanchett's intelligence shines in film adaptation of 'Bernadette'

Story of bohemian missing mom focuses on clarity and connection.
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, from left, Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy in a scene from "The Kitchen." (Al

Review: More blood than laughs in 'The Kitchen,' a new Melissa McCarthy-Tiffany Haddish comedy

Despite Haddish and McCarthy, there's more crime than comedy.
Sue Scott led the second live performance of her “Island of Discarded Women” podcast.

Former 'Prairie Home' performer starts a new chapter with podcast about battling back

Sue Scott chuckles about it now, but her self-esteem took a serious hit when she was told she was let go from the radio show.
Reza Salazer, John Earl Jelks, Dame Jasmine Hughes and Andrew Veenstra in the world premiere of Lynn Nottage’s “Floyd’s” at the Guthrie Theate

World premiere in Minneapolis finds Pulitzer Prize winner in the mood to laugh

Guthrie commission from Lynn Nottage finds humor in a truck-stop kitchen.
“Size,” with Brave New Workshop star Lauren Anderson, tackles the issue of body image in songs, sketches and stories.

Four ways to choose your own Minnesota Fringe Festival adventure

With 142 shows, the Minnesota Fringe Festival offers a daunting smorgasbord.
“42nd Street” highlights the dancing at the expense of the story. RICH RYAN

In St. Paul, musical '42nd Street' plot makes no sense but who cares when the dancing is this much fun?

The plot makes no sense, but who cares when the dancing is this much fun?
Lynn Nottage at All Square in south Minneapolis. Her new play, "Floyd's," will premiere at the Guthrie. “The entire play is about using the imaginat

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner debuts her new comedy in Minneapolis

There are many ideas in the Lynn Nottage's comedy premiering at the Guthrie. Also, many sandwiches.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Al Pacino in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Quentin Tarantino's latest is a throwback to 1969 Hollywood

Brad and Leo and Margot and Quentin team up for a throwback to Tinseltown, 1969.
Foreground from left: Sally Wingert, puppeteer Reed Sigmund with Oscar, John Catron, and puppeteer Megan M. Burns with Evie in “Stinkers” at Jun

Minneapolis world premiere of 'Stinkers' blends laughs with astonishing puppet work

Puppets depict the enormous impact tiny people have on a family in the comedy "Stinkers."
Peter Christian Hansen and Audrey Park in “The Rats,” one of a trio of Agatha Christie mysteries at Park Square Theatre.

Murder mysteries are a comforting summer staple at this St. Paul theater

Every summer, St. Paul's Park Square Theatre brings a murder mystery to the stage.
A scene from “The Lion King.”

Disney remade 'The Lion King' – and they shouldn't have

Pointless remake reminds us that 1994's "Lion King" is an unimprovable gem.
Sarah Rasmussen, director of “Stinkers,” gave feedback to actor Sally Wingert, who plays Joyce, during a rehearsal at the Jungle Theater.

Three Minnesota stars join forces for a world premiere theatrical comedy

Somebody asked somebody to write a comedy. It opens this weekend at the Jungle.
Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani take a fun ride in “Stuber.”

Kumail Nanjiani enlivens otherwise so-so comedy about ride sharing, 'Stuber'

The Uber-set comedy succeeds when it lets Kumail Nanjiani rip.
Jack Reynor and Florence Pugh in “Midsommar.”

Review: 'Midsommar' is so scary you might walk out mid-movie

Horror film is a "Midsommar" nightmare that will either creep you out or drive you out.
Molly Diers raised concerns about inappropriate jokes and behavior in the Guthrie's scene shop.

Board finds Guthrie Theater engaged in 'unfair labor practices' against former employee

Ex-employee said her evaluations were downgraded after she complained about work conditions.
Keanna Wyro, Cordell McLean, Aniya Cook and Aeriyanna Cook played a game as they passed the time waiting for a show to start.

As drive-ins disappear, young people flock to Lake Elmo's Vali-Hi

The drive-in theater has changed a lot, especially if it's been a while since you drove in.
Jennifer Maren stars as Marjorie Caldwell in “Glensheen.”

Based on Duluth murders, 'Glensheen' musical returns to St. Paul for record-breaking run

History Theatre's musical, based on the Duluth murders, has become a fan fave.

Do you finish every book you begin?

Do you continue reading books you don't like? Or do you abandon them to find something better?
M.J. (Zendaya) catches a ride from Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

Newest Spider-Man movie, 'Far From Home,' takes a romantic comedy turn

Review: The new "Spider-Man" works best when it feels like a modern romantic comedy.
The cast of “Guys and Dolls” at the Guthrie Theater.

Guthrie produces can't-miss classic musical, 'Guys and Dolls.' It doesn't miss.

Guthrie production finds all the best stuff in the classic musical, and a few new things, to boot.
A girl wears a hat with a Soviet-era insignia.

Review: 'Disappearing Earth,' by Julia Phillips

FICTION: Two little girls' decisions affect an entire Russian city in a riveting debut.
Daisy Ridley plays the title character in “Ophelia.”

Daisy Ridley's fair 'Ophelia' shows her tough side

A twist on Shakespeare's "Hamlet" reveals something else is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Naomi Watts as Gretchen Carlson in "The Loudest Voice."

Naomi Watts fights the Man in new roles as Gretchen Carlson and Hamlet's mom

With a movie and a TV series coming in the next few days, Naomi Watts says things are looking up for female actors.
Woody, Buzz and Jessie return for more adventures in “Toy Story 4.”

'Toy Story 4' is funny, sweet and a little scary

The fourth "Toy Story" shows that the funny, poignant franchise is far from done.
Kelly Houlehan, Leslie Vincent, Zach Garcia and Ryan London Levin in “The Jefferson County Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant.”

St. Paul musical had a long, surprising trip to its world premiere

It took 14 drafts, dozens of songs and more than two years. But a revised Fringe work is finally ready for its debut.

Do trigger warnings ruin the show? Twin Cities theatermakers weigh in

Theater artists wrestle with warnings that prepare audiences but risk giving away too much.
Naomi Haag, Eva Gemlo and Cassidy Hall battled noisy geese last season at Bayport Marina in Shakespeare on the Point’s “Twelfth Night.”

6 Minnesota theaters welcome visitors (and angry geese) to outdoor shows this summer

In warm weather, these theaters meet you where you want to be: outside.
Emma Thompson is an ill-tempered talk-show host in “Late Night.”

Like Emma Thompson? Then you'll have no problem overlooking rough spots in new comedy

Emma Thompson is the lure in a workplace comedy that only occasionally rises to her level.
Darrick Mosley and Sara Marsh in “Dry Powder.”

Money trumps people for financial overlords in Minneapolis staging of 'Dry Powder'

A new play depicts financial hotshots obsessing over deals. Humanity? Not so much.
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit has a sobering exhibition tracing the African diaspora.

Midwest Traveler: A weekend in Detroit, from Motown Records to museums

On a weekend trip to Detroit, it's best to start at Motown Records and explore from there.
Kayla Dvorak Feld and Nissa Nordland Morgan in Theatre Pro Rata’s “My Sister in This House.”

Theatre Pro Rata kills it with true-crime drama 'My Sister in This House'

Review: This chilling play explores how sibling maids became murderers.
Taron Egerton as 1970s-era Elton John in “Rocketman.”

Elton John musical biopic looks past the facts to capture the feel of his life

Songster's musical biography is weirdly wonderful.
Ben Levi Ross as Evan Hansen and Jessica Phillips as his mom, Heidi, in "Dear Evan Hansen."

'Dear Evan Hansen' reminds us: Musical theater is jam-packed with tyrants, maniacs and creeps

Musical theater giants such as "Dear Evan Hansen" feature liars, robbers and killers — and those are the good guys.
Mark Benninghofen as Sweeney Todd and Matthew Rubbelke as Anthony Hope in Theater Latté Da’s 2015 production of "Sweeney Todd" at the Ritz Theater

19 musical theater protagonists, ranked from nicest to meanest

Ranking musical protagonists, from the nicest to meanest. 1. Jean Valjean, “Les Misérables” — Saves lives, wins wars, raises orphans, unites lovers, steals bread.…
Kenneth Branagh as William Shakespeare in “All Is True.”

Kenneth Branagh directs himself as a late-in-life, grieving William Shakespeare

Bard misses his dead son and ignores his wife and daughters.
Christina Baldwin, Jim Lichtscheidl, Faye M. Price, Eric Sharp, Michael Curran-Dorsano and Becca Hart in “Small Mouth Sounds” at the Jungle Theate

Like eavesdropping on strangers? Catch Jungle Theater's 'Small Mouth Sounds'

Review: Set at a silent retreat, the comedy/drama draws viewers' imaginations into discovering its secrets.
Josh Levin
Photo by J. Seidman

Review: 'The Queen,' by Josh Levin

NONFICTION: The woman who was used as the poster child for welfare fraud in the 1970s had a grim and complicated life story.
A vow of silence doesn’t work out so well for participants at a yoga retreat in “Small Mouth Sounds” at Jungle Theater.

Minneapolis director channels yoga training: 'There are so many shared breaths in this play!'

A trained yoga instructor, Lauren Keating finds parallels between the boards and the mat for "Small Mouth Sounds."
How one Minnesotan's quest to have coffee with 64 people gave her direction

How one Minnesotan's quest to have coffee with 64 people gave her direction

Dorothy Sinha never turns down a cup of coffee, or a chance to make a new friend.
“All is Calm” returns as Theater Latté Da’s holiday offering.

'Chicago,' 'La Bohème' and new 'Twelve Angry Men' musical on tap for Theater Latté Da

The 2019-20 season also features the return of "All Is Calm."
Oleg Ivenko is Rudolf Nureyev in “The White Crow.” Sony Pictures

Drama about the early years of dancer Rudolf Nureyev runs into a few speedbumps

Ballet leaps to new heights, but the lead trips in his acting scenes.
The ensemble cast of “Autonomy” features (from left) Ansa Akyea, Malachi Caballero and Harry Waters Jr.

More than 40 exotic cars set the stage for Mixed Blood Theatre's 'mind-boggling' new play

A lifelong autophile, Mixed Blood Theatre's Jack Reuler deploys dozens of exotic vehicles for the company's biggest project to date.
“Pictures of Longing,” by Sigrid Lien

Reviews: 'Pictures of Longing,' by Sigrid Lien, and 'When Brooklyn Was Queer,' by Hugh Ryan

More than 250 remarkable photos taken mostly by Norwegians show lives of immigrants.
The cast of Alleged Theatre Company’s playfully existential “Foursquare,” from left: Jake Mierva, Abbie Krohn, Alex Church and Cate Jackson.

World premiere 'Foursquare' bounces big questions on the nature of theater

Review: The play's characters are trapped in a playground game or an existential nightmare. Maybe both.
Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen in "Long Shot."

Theron and Rogen's 'Long Shot' isn't great, but, as romcoms go, it's not bad

Despite a gender reversal of the usual roles, there's something painfully retro about the movie.
"Dirty Business" at History Theatre tells the story of Minnesota native Betty Pack and other spies.

Minnesota spy helped change the course of WWII, only to be 'erased' by history

A new musical follows the daring exploits of Betty Pack, a Minnesota native who helped defeat the Nazis.
Actors rehearsed a scene in the pool on the set of “Metamorphoses” at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Guthrie Theater's current production covers stage in 12,500-pound pool of water

A Guthrie newcomer supervised the installation of a 6-ton pool for the Tony Award-winning "Metamorphoses."
Joshua Fry Speed and his wife, Lucy, in an 1887 engraving. Speed was Abraham Lincoln’s roommate in Springfield, Ill.

Review: Louis Bayard's historical novel puts Abraham Lincoln at the apex of a romantic triangle

FICTION: Two suitors compete for the affection of the future president. One may surprise readers.
“Avengers: Endgame”

Marvel's Avengers series concludes with overstuffed but entertaining 'Endgame'

Reminders of earlier Avengers films and a welcome dose of humor make for a good "Endgame."
Identical twin actors star in separate Guthrie Theater shows at the same time

Identical twin actors star in separate Guthrie Theater shows at the same time

Identical twins are finally acting in the same theater.
Myla Goldberg Photo by Myla Goldberg

Review: "Feast Your Eyes," by Myla Goldberg

Fiction: A woman writes about her artist mother, in the form of an exhibition catalog.
Playwright Paula Vogel on the set of her play "Indecent" at the Guthrie in February 2018.

Playwright and teacher Paula Vogel shaped generations of top American theater talent

As a professor, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel shaped generations of top American theater talent.
Katie Consamus and Taous Claire Khazem in “Cry it Out” at Yellow Tree Theatre.

New moms score big laughs with Yellow Tree Theatre's 'Cry It Out'

A new comedy at Yellow Tree Theatre also makes a sharp political point.
Robert Pattinson in “High Life.”

French director Claire Denis explores morality in outer space

Murderers confront moral dilemmas in sci-fi "High Life."
"The Wild Pear Tree"

4 ways to find winning movies at Minnesota's most ambitious film festival

A guide to navigating hundreds of titles at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
When high-flying star Colette Marchant (played by Eva Green) teams up with a baby elephant who can fly, their new act proves a little challenging.

Disney's live-action 'Dumbo' captures original's charms and adds new ones

Tim Burton's "Dumbo" remake adds dimensions to the beloved cartoon.
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.
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