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  The Columnist at Stage 773

The Columnist

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave Chicago

From the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning author of Proof comes a drama about power, the press, sex and betrayal. At the height of the Cold War, Joe Alsop is the nation's most influential journalist, beloved, feared and courted by the Washington world. But as the 60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political dramas Joe is embroiled in become deeply personal as well.

Thru - Apr 1, 2017

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Thu, Mar 2: 7:30pm
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Thu, Mar 9: 7:30pm
Fri, Mar 10: 7:30pm
Sat, Mar 11: 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Sun, Mar 12: 2:30pm
Thu, Mar 16: 7:30pm
Fri, Mar 17: 7:30pm
Sat, Mar 18: 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Sun, Mar 19: 2:30pm
Thu, Mar 23: 7:30pm
Fri, Mar 24: 7:30pm
Sat, Mar 25: 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Sun, Mar 26: 2:30pm
Wed, Mar 29: 2:30pm
Thu, Mar 30: 7:30pm
Fri, Mar 31: 7:30pm
Sat, Apr 1: 3:00pm

Price: $19 - $49

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-327-5252

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  The Columnist Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...The American Blues production, which is deftly cast and ably directed by Keira Fromm, hews relatively closely to the original Broadway staging, albeit with greater intimacy and laudably more emphasis on the private costs paid not just by those who choose to live their lives in public, but by those who love them. Thus the best scenes are between Philip Earl Johnson, who plays the title role, and the columnist's wife, Susan Mary, with the actress Kymberly Mellen (where has she been?) unlocking all kinds of layers of complicated pain. Similarly fine is the work of Coburn Goss, who plays Joe's brother (and fellow journalist) Stewart Alsop, the Horatio of this story and a man who loves his brother even as he is appalled by the extent of his scheming ambition."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...Director Keira Fromm has cast the show impeccably and overseen just the right chemistry among its characters. But she canít quite disguise the way Auburn has drawn the 1960s with the broadest of elementary textbook strokes, or how the playís final scene (which should not be divulged here) feels too much like pure invention in the service of a dramatic full-circle ending."
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Hedy Weiss

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...The Columnist, persuasively shaped by Keira Fromm, is a cautionary screed. This valuable drama powerfully conflates lying about love with prosecuting the wrong war. Ironically, Alsop was protected by another nasty closet case, J. Edgar Hoover (who saved his righteous wrath for real freedom fighters like Martin Luther King). It takes one to know one. Cohn, Hoover and Alsop-there's a real axis of evil."
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Lawrence Bommer

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...The Columnist is rich in history, in strong characters and with a glimpse into the folks who influenced a change-filled period in our history. Once you see The Columnist, youíll remember Joseph Alsop thanks due to Johnsonís performance and Auburnís characterization."
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Tom Williams

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Leave it to American Blues Theater to do their first production in their new home at Stage 773, that will create a true stir. The play, "The Columnist" in its Chicago premiere is David Auburn's story about power od the press with a dash of sex and betrayal thrown in. It is the story of Joe Alsop, one of our nation's most important and influential journalists. His column is watched closely by all of the nations politicos and this writer is feared by many courted by others and of the greatest import, has great influence on those who have similar positions with other papers. Many of you are not "newspaper" people, since our lives rely on the internet today. But back in time, the mid-1950's thru the late 1960's, daily newspapers and their columnists were important to the sales of the daily newspapers."
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...David Auburn's "The Columnist," a 2012 biographical play on Joe Alsop, formidable journalist and erstwhile friend to senators and presidents of the forties and fifties, is thus a curious play for these times-a reminder of a moment not so long ago when news was not in the purview of anyone with a smartphone and a Twitter account but composed and interpreted by a social and intellectual elite. Harvard-educated Joe Alsop along with his Yale-educated brother Stewart, relations of Eleanor Roosevelt and friends of JFK, were notorious in their day for their widely syndicated column, "Matter of Fact.""
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Irene Hsiao

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...David Auburnís drama, which is more informative than entertaining, depicts the later life of Joseph Alsop. Itís more character-driven than plot-oriented. We see him as a conservative journalist whose private life concealed something unspoken. This secret, which eventually became common knowledge to those who knew him, haunts this arrogant, verbose columnist to the very end. We meet in Alsop an egotist who shut down everyone who ever reached out to him. Had director Keira Fromm infused her production with a tad more energy this play would really sail. As it is, the acting is quite good, and character development is flawless. Staged on Joe Schermolyís simple, tasteful unit set, this play, which focuses on a handful of real life people, illuminates a period in history in which the power of the press was paramount. It could actually make or break a man, and it did. Much like today."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Recommended

"...Keira Frommís directing starts at a leisure pace but she raises the dramatic temperature the second act, turning what had been a casual talky show into a real attention grabber. Joe Schermolyís scenic design effectively relies on the movement of a few props (designed by Alec Long) to change locations. Christopher Nevilleís costume design nicely reflects the 1960ís. Jared Gooding designed the lighting and Christopher Kriz the sound plan."
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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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