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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
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.
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.
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