American Theatre: “The Review That Shook Chicago”

I, a theatre journalist, write about a theatre critic who causes some controversy. How’s that for meta?

It’s not every day that a theatre review is so controversial that it embroils not just the critic who wrote it but two newspapers and thousands of theatre artists and companies. But that’s just what happened when Hedy Weiss, critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, wrote a review of Pass Over, a play by Antoinette Nwandu, currently running at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. That review led to a petition calling for Chicago theatres to stop inviting Weiss to their shows. Within 24 hours, the petition had garnered 2,000 signatures (as of presstime, the number is up to 3,645).

Read the rest of the story here.


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