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the 1st known Chicago Tribune theater evaluation seemed on March 25, 1853. An nameless detect, it shared the web page with different announcements—one a few pair of thousand-pound hogs set to be slaughtered and one other trumpeting the biggest load of lumber ever to depart Chicago. “And therefore Chicago’s priorities have been starkly laid out correct there on that page,” starts Chris Jones within the advent to this eyewitness cultural historical past. “Hog butcher for the realm and windy self-promoter, focusing on commerce-driven superlatives. the humanities got here a negative 3rd. Critics, and the artists they coated, may rail opposed to that perceived set of civic priorities for years.”

The Chicago of at the present time, nevertheless, is considered one of many world’s ultimate towns for theater, and nobody has had a extra constant front-row seat to its ascendance than the Chicago Tribune theater critics. Bigger, Brighter, Louder weaves jointly greater than a hundred and fifty years of Tribune reviews right into a compelling narrative, pairing complete reports with statement and historical past. With a pointy eye for telling info and a willing experience of historic context, Jones, longtime chief Tribune theater critic, takes readers via a long time of highs and lows, successes and failures.

The publication showcases interesting early experiences of actors and exhibits that might cross directly to in attaining exceptional luck, together with a tryout of A Raisin within the Sun with newcomer Sidney Poitier and the 1st significant evaluation of The Producers.  It additionally delves into the infrequent and the weird, resembling a formerly unpublished Tennessee Williams interview and a protracted dialog with Edward Albee’s mom. With reports from Claudia Cassidy, Peregine Pickle, William Leonard, and extra, many by no means gathered earlier than, Bigger, Brighter, Louder deals a distinct lasting checklist of an ephemeral paintings and a riveting examine the background at the back of Chicago’s upward push to theatrical greatness.


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