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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
Claudio Saunt

Review: "Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory," by Claudio Saunt

The "Indian removal" of the 1830s continues to haunt our country.
Joel McCrea and Claudette Colbert are sparring spouses in “The Palm Beach Story.”

It's the perfect time to binge on screwball comedies. Here are our critic's top 7

The fizzy genre had its heyday from the mid-1930s to the early '40s.
From lower left: Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, Rita Moreno and Marcel Ruiz in “One Day at a Time.”

At 88, EGOT winner Rita Moreno is busier than ever

Energetic veteran is busier than ever with two TV sitcoms and the upcoming "West Side Story."
Frances McDormand in “Fargo.”

Ready for a dive into Coen movies? Here are the 7 best

Always meant to catch up with movies you missed from the maddeningly prolific Spike Lee? Recently discovered Bong Joon-ho, because of the Oscar love, and…
“The Glass Hotel” by Emily St. John Mandel

Review: 'The Glass Hotel,' by Emily St. John Mandel

FICTION: The new novel from the author of 'Station Eleven' meanders toward a knockout ending.
The cast of “Girl From the North Country."

Bob Dylan joins the club of rockers making themselves at home on Broadway

Classic rockers are turning Broadway into a cozy home after the hits stop coming.
Dory in "Finding Nemo."

6 great movies to distract the kids while you take that conference call

When you're trying to work from home, and need a distraction for the kids, these movies can't miss.
A sole spectator watches a film in a movie theatre in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Effective from today, cinemas in Hungary are restri

As cinemas shutter in other states, Minnesota movie theaters are still open – for now

Surveys indicate Americans are divided about whether theaters should close.

Critics offer suggestions for entertainment when you have to stay home

Stuck in the house? Here are some shows to binge and movies to take your mind elsewhere.
Sushma Saha and Kai Alexander Judd star in “Interstate” at Mixed Blood Theatre.

World premiere musical in Minneapolis sends two queer performers on a 'bright, poppy' road trip

Joyful, ambitious musical is all about inclusion.
Betty Gilpin in "The Hunt."

Delayed thriller 'The Hunt' lacks the courage of its convictions

Thriller has sharp jokes but tries to please (or displease) everyone.
Kimberly Richardson stars in the wildly inventive one-person show “The Red Shoes” at Open Eye Theatre. CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.c

Minneapolis theater revisits noir fairy-tale 'Red Shoes'

Open Eye Figure Theatre brings back the playful, noirish hit.
Jeannette Bayardelle and the cast of “Girl From the North Country” on Broadway.

Broadway musical 'North Country' is a spectacular reimagining of Bob Dylan songs

"Girl From the North Country" shifts Minnesota native's lyrics to folks in a Duluth boardinghouse.
Greta Oglesby and T. Mychael Rambo in “Thunder Knocking on the Door.”

Blues tunes and powerful voices highlight dance-with-the-devil musical

Powerful songs give a lift to bluesical "Thunder Knocking on the Door."
Isla Fisher, Steve Coogan and Asa Butterfield in the film “Greed.”

Satire 'Greed' about a vile tycoon is (mostly) good

It's overstuffed but a lot of that stuff is wicked fun.
Kit Yan (left) and Melissa Li toured the country as Good Asian Drivers, an experience that inspired their world premiere musical “Interstate,” ope

Art imitates life in world premiere musical about band's rocky tour

"Interstate" collaborators had to get sick of each other to rediscover their friendship.
Carolyn Pool, left, and Shanan Custer will collaborate on “Bad Things, Good Whiskey” at Park Square Theatre.

St. Paul theater attempts to rebound with next season and new arts leaders

This will be Park Square's first season without an artistic director.
Anya Taylor-Joy (right, with Mia Goth) as “Emma.”

New Jane Austen adaptation needs an 'Emma' with more personality

REVIEW: Supporting cast is lively but what's with the dull romantic leads?
Victoria Pyan plays an astronomy pioneer in “Silent Sky,” a Theatre Pro Rata production.

'Silent Sky' heroine helps map the stars in play set in Bell Museum planetarium

Review: Play about pioneering astronomer gains from staging at Bell Museum planetarium.
Adele Haenel and Noemie Merlant in “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.”

French drama 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' is a gloomy, period 'masterpiece'

The slow-burn romance is finally here, and it's fantastic.
Chloe Armao, Bradley Hildebrandt, Audrey Park and Olivia Wilusz in Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s “Significant Other.”

Comedy 'Significant Other' is lots of fun, but conclusion pivots too quickly

Review: If only the main character's story were better developed.
“Spamtown,” a new Children’s Theatre production based on the 1985-86 Hormel strike in Austin, Minn., examines the devisive moment through the ey

Children weathered one of Minnesota's worst labor crises. This play tells the story.

8 things to know about the town at the center of CTC's new play, 'Spamtown USA.'
Serena Zabin

Review: 'The Boston Massacre,' by Serena Zabin

NONFICTION: The importance of women and their work in pre-Revolutionary America.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell in "Downhill," a remake of the Swedish film "Force Majeure."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell are fine, but 'Downhill' goes nowhere fast

Re-imagined "Force Majeure" has moments, but its dilemmas are bunny slope-sized.
Australian actress Nicole Kidman (L) and Scottish actor Ewan McGregor (R) in a scene from the movie "Moulin Rouge" which was nominated for 8 Oscars.

8 movies and plays to get you in the mood for love this Valentine's Day

Whether you're paired up, poly-ed up or single, these plays and movies are a great way to prime an evening of romance.
Bong Joon Ho, right, reacts as he is presented with the award for best picture for "Parasite" from presenter Jane Fonda at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb.

South Korea's 'Parasite' becomes Oscar's first foreign-language best picture

Bong Joon-ho's film won four awards on a night with few other surprises.
Anne De Courcy

Review: 'Chanel's Riviera,' by Anne DeCourcy

NONFICTION: Stories of excess on the French Riviera during the early days of WWII come up a bit short.
“Parasite” is the current favorite, but there’s a lot more great cinema from South Korea.

Oscar just 'discovered' South Korea, which has cranked out great movies for years

If, like Oscar, you're just noticing South Korea's film industry, have we got some movies for you.
Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman), Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis) and Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana) in "Missing Link."

Twin Cities 3-D printing company played big role in Oscar-nominated film

Stratasys created 106,000 "objects" for stop-motion film "Missing Link" in latest collaboration with Annapurna Pictures.
The "Hamilton" national tour returns to the Twin Cities as part of the Hennepin Theatre Trust's 2020-21 season.

'Hamilton' and 'Hadestown' highlight Hennepin Theatre Trust's 2020-21 season

A second tour of duty for historical blockbuster "Hamilton" and a pair of shows that local investors helped launch are on tap for Hennepin Theatre…
Mikell Sapp and Jamecia Bennett in “Skeleton Crew” at the Yellow Tree Theatre.

'Skeleton Crew,' set in a failing factory, makes a plea for compassion

The four actors in the factory-set drama all give employee-of-the-month caliber performances.
"Hair Love"

The 10 animated and live-action short Oscar films are all worth seeing

The five nominees for the animated short prize are especially strong, with three of them directed by women.
Colin Farrell and Charlie Hunnam check out the contents of a trunk in “The Gentlemen.” Spoiler alert: It’s a person.

Guy Ritchie's new gangster movie 'Gentlemen' doesn't feel all that new

Guy Ritchie's violent, profane crime caper boasts a snappy cast with Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant but the same old story.
Flordelino Lagundino

St. Paul's Park Square Theatre cuts job of artistic director

Facing funding shortfalls, the St. Paul theater eliminated a key position.
Christina Baldwin plays the iconic Nora in Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” at Jungle Theater.

Two plays opening this weekend ask what's next for Nora of 'A Doll's House'

Two new plays wonder what happens after Nora walks out on her life in the classic "A Doll's House."
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in "Bad Boys for Life."

Formulaic-but-fun 'Bad Boys' sequel entertains

It's the third go-round for buddy cops Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Spoiler alert: They're still breaking all the rules.

Oscar noms clear room for 'Joker' but not much for women or people of color

Anticipating pushback, the Oscars released a statement that women comprise about one-third of this year's nominees.
“How Quickly She Disappears” by Raymond Fleischmann

Review: 'How Quickly She Disappears,' Raymond Fleischmann

FICTION: Alaska-set thriller hinges on the relationship between a lonely woman and a killer.
Dean-Charles Chapman, left, and George MacKay in "1917," directed by Sam Mendes.

Single-shot look of '1917' is a cinematic marvel

The World War I film is a technical astonishment but keeps the audience at an emotional distance.
Michael B. Jordan, left, and Jamie Foxx in “Just Mercy.”

Subtle performances power courtroom drama 'Just Mercy'

Michael B. Jordan is excellent as a real-life lawyer on a crusade against capital punishment.
Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen and Florence Pugh in "Little Women."

'Little Women' honors classic novel exploring women's struggles in 1860s

Writer/director Greta Gerwig honors and modernizes the classic.
Tom Hanks stars as Mister Rogers in TriStar Pictures' "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." (Lacey Terrell/Sony Pictures Entertainment) ORG XMIT: 141

What were the 10 best movies of 2019?

The year was highlighted by Scorsese, Mr. Rogers and movies about movies.
PBS video crew members prepared the Ritz Theater for a taping of Theater Latté Da’s “All Is Calm.”

Go behind the scenes of the PBS taping of a favorite Minneapolis holiday musical

One of four PBS tapings of the Theater Latté Da musical featured starts and stops, parental greetings and a wedding.
From “Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness,” adapted by Peter Kuper.

Review: Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness,' by Peter Kuper

GRAPHIC NOVEL: This New Yorker artist's adaptation of "Heart of Darkness" highlights the wounds of colonialism.
Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in "Bombshell."

'Bombshell,' about women's uprising at Fox News, is funny, 'spellbinding' and 'inspiring'

Comedy/drama follows Minnesota's Gretchen Carlson and colleague Megyn Kelly as they bring down Roger Ailes.
Daisy Ridley as Rey in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker."

'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker': Diverse, cluttered, exciting ... and a satisfying finale

A heroine is at the center of "Star Wars" trilogy finale, but she gets by with a little help from her friends.
Matthew Dicks

Review: "Twenty-one Truths About Love," by Matthew Dicks

FICTION: This story of a slacker bookseller — told in lists — has much going for it. Let us count the ways.
Jon Hamm and Ian Gomez question Paul Walter Hauser, as the security guard turned bombing suspect in “Richard Jewell.”

Clint Eastwood's take on journalist Kathy Scruggs isn't the only flaw in 'Richard Jewell'

Director Clint Eastwood does great work with actors but the movie falls apart.
Luverne Seifert, left, Jane Froiland and Avi Aharoni in Dark & Stormy’s “The Norwegians.”

'Norwegians' skewers relationships and 'Minnesota Nice'

Review: Characters in Dark & Stormy production go to great lengths to get even with their exes.
“The Band’s Visit,” which won Tonys for best musical and score, comes to the Orpheum Theatre this week.

Tony-winning 'The Band's Visit' is a no-screaming zone

The composer of six movies-turned-musicals goes for something different with "The Band's Visit."
“Six” is the concert-style musical that features the wives of Henry VIII.

'Six' is the latest big musical to play in the Twin Cities with Broadway in its sights

Musical "Six" joins a long line of musicals heading from the Twin Cities to the Great White Way.
Family members – played by Katherine Langford, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Riki Lindhome and Jaeden Martell – o

Playful whodunit 'Knives Out' owes debt to Agatha Christie

The movies hardly ever do whodunits anymore, but writer/director Rian Johnson takes a stab at it.
Mr. Darcy (Paul Rutledge) has a proposal for Lizzy (China Brickey) in “Pride and Prejudice” at Park Square Theatre through Dec. 22. “

St. Paul theater rips apart 'Pride and Prejudice' and reassembles it for today

A modern take on Jane Austen's classic novel invokes Queen and "Psycho."
Tom Hanks (who else?) stars as Fred Rogers.

Give us more Mr. Rogers in 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood'

Tom Hanks is a supporting character in the "Neighborhood." It's too bad he's not the lead.
Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” Niko Tavernise • Netflix

One of Scorsese's best, 'The Irishman,' is a mob epic to catch in theaters

Director Martin Scorsese's latest film boasts a trio of outstanding performances.
Audrey Johnson, left, and Danielle Krivinchuk star in Margaret Atwood’s “The Penelopiad” at Gremlin Theatre.

Inventive St. Paul drama lets Penelope tell her side of ancient myths

You've heard of "The Odyssey"? Here's the rest of the story.
Nearly all of the 2018 cast of "All is Calm" returns for this season's Theater Latté Da show, which will be filmed for PBS.

Minneapolis musical 'All Is Calm,' ready for prime time, is being recorded for PBS

It began in a Minneapolis church. Next year, it will reach millions.
Jody Briskey returns as Judy Garland in the Carnegie Hall concert portions of "Beyond the Rainbow" at St. Paul's History Theatre.

Two plays opening this week add to the legend of Minnesota's own, Judy Garland

Judy Garland is everywhere, including four versions of her at St. Paul's History Theatre.
Andy Greenberg

Review: 'Sandworm,' by Andy Greenberg

NONFICTION: Andy Greenberg's book insists the U.S. is one computer virus away from infrastructure meltdown.
Joaquin Phoenix’s dance down the staircase in “Joker"has become instantly iconic.

9 best movie staircase scenes that aren't from 'Parasite' or 'Joker'

Going all the way back to the silent era, movies have loved to step it up.
This image released by Amazon Studios shows Adam Driver in a scene from "The Report." (Atsushi Nishijima/Amazon Studios via AP)

CIA torture tactics at the center of new thriller starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening

Scott Z. Burns gives his CIA drama the feel of a '70s thriller.
Children’s Theatre Company’s Andi Soehren tightened a corset onto actor Autumn Ness as they got ready in the dressing room for a dress rehearsal f

Spanx of a bygone era: Behold the power of the binding undergarment

The many corsets on Twin Cities stages signify many different things.
Rajané Katurah and Dwight Leslie in "Cinderella" at the Children's Theatre Company.

Children's Theatre Company's modern take on 'Cinderella' has pop hits, holiday carols, a nod to Lizzo

She goes to a ball, and you should be prepared to have one at Children's Theatre Company.
Golden Valley native Scott Z. Burns talks about making the CIA thriller, “The Report,” and how he found its hero (played by Adam Driver). With a t

Golden Valley native wrote two current thrillers, with a 007 movie on the way

Golden Valley native Scott Burns wrote "The Report" and "The Laundromat."
In this sequel to the 1980 film “The Shining,” Ewan McGregor’s Dan Torrance, now aimless and alcoholic, is drawn back into a world he thought he

'The Shining' sequel 'Dr. Sleep': Precisely two-thirds of it is good

Starring Ewan McGregor, the film works, to a point.
Dustin Bronson as Robbie and Gavin Lawrence as Joe in Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of “The Song of Summer.”

Mixed Blood's 'Song of Summer' comedy feels more like autumn

Some songs of summer endure beyond their appointed seasons (such as Drake’s “One Dance”), while others are tired before the leaves fall (Black Eyed Peas’…
Max Wojtanowicz and Elizabeth Hawkinson.

Fizzy musical at Old Log Theatre gets away with 'Murder'

Review: Witty "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" focuses on a charming hero who happens to be a serial killer.
“Trust Exercise.” by Susan Choi.

Bookmark: On 'Trust Exercise' and other books that spur 'mind-blowing' interpretations

If you’re in a book club, you should definitely read “Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi. Be prepared to disagree about it. I’m not talking about…
4130_D002_00630_RCynthia Erivo stars as Harriet Tubman in HARRIET, a Focus Features release.Credit: Glen Wilson / Focus Features

Biopic of Harriet Tubman is flawed, but star Cynthia Erivo is excellent

Cynthia Erivo's forthright performance as Harriet is the movie's biggest asset.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Edward Norton in “Motherless Brooklyn.” GLEN WILSON • Warner Bros.

Edward Norton loosely adapts beloved novel 'Motherless Brooklyn'

Edward Norton's detective character in "Motherless Brooklyn" has a way with words — and with clues.
Owner and stylist Melissa Taylor added color to Natalie Deeble’s hair at the Beauty Lounge in northeast Minneapolis.

The true beauty of the salon: 'People laugh in that chair and cry in that chair'

Babies, jobs, divorces, illnesses and more: As in "Steel Magnolias," Minnesotans share life's joys and sorrows in a "community" of their making.
Park Square Theatre’s artistic director, Flordelino Lagundino.

St. Paul theater cuts two shows, including 'Evita,' to counter budget shortfall

Because of larger casts, as well as musicians, musicals are generally costlier to produce than straight plays.
Benjamin Slye (on cot) and Peter Christian Hansen in Gremlin Theatre’s “Journey’s End.”

Gremlin Theatre puts us in the WWI foxhole with decisionmakers

Fine acting and a handsome set create a powerful mood.
Andrew Blauner

Review: 'The Peanuts Papers,' edited by Andrew Blauner

NONFICTION: Essays reveal Minnesota-born cartoonist Charles M. Schulz's lasting impact on literature.
Williem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in “The Lighthouse.”

Get ready to be creeped out, and puzzled, by latest Robert Pattinson drama

Robert Pattinson makes another offbeat choice with challenging black-and-white drama.