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Chris Jones is the chief theatre critic for the Chicago Tribune. He has reviewed and commented on culture, the arts, politics, and entertainment for the Chicago Tribune for 15 years.
with being the paper's chief voice on local and national theatrical
productions, he also writes a weekly column on culture and the arts.
Jones also appears each week on the CBS-2 morning news in Chicago.
Prior to joining the staff of the Tribune, Jones served for many years as the touring theater critic for Variety and Daily Variety,
publishing several hundred theatre reviews with a particular emphasis
on pre-Broadway tryouts. He has covered theatre in numerous cities
throughout the United States, including as Variety's Broadway critic.
He serves on the editorial board for the Best Plays annual and has twice served on the drama committee of the Pulitzer Prizes. His arts criticism also has appeared often in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, American Theatre magazine and
numerous other newspapers and magazines. For many years, he has chaired
the American Theatre Critics Association committee that annually
recommends a theater to receive the Tony Award for outstanding regional
much of the 1980s he contributed film reviews, interviews, and reports
for WCBE-FM in Columbus, Ohio, and also served as the long-time film
critic for Columbus Alive newspaper.
He also has reviewed film and theatre for WFMT radio in Chicago and has
contributed chapters to several books. His numerous guest TV
appearances range from E! The True Hollywood Story to Nightline with Ted Koppel. He has also been heard many times on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
spent 10 years teaching at Northern Illinois University, where he
served as both an associate professor and as assistant chair of the
School of Theatre and Dance. He also served as associate dean of The
Theatre School at DePaul University, where he continues to be an adjunct
professor. His honors include the Gold Medallion from the American
College Theatre Festival, for his work with young theatre critics.
A native of Manchester, England, Jones earned a doctorate from the Ohio State University in 1989.
He lives in Evanston with his wife Gillian Darlow and their two boys, Peter and Evan.