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Book ReviewsMUST SEEREVIEWSTom Williams

Bigger, Brighter, Louder

But Jones does cover the reign of Richard Christiansen the Tribune’s drama critic from 1979 to 2002. He championed the Steppenwolf Theatre,; loved William L. Petersen; praised a young Robert Falls; helped launch David Mamet; loved Deanna Dunagan; Christiansen loved small fledgling theater companies. He was an admired ‘friend of theatre’ who, Jones states; “When he loved a show, he had a knack of writing in such a way that sent people to the theater.” One of his last contributions to theater was his praise for The Producers in 2001. He also helped the career of director Gary Griffin with his admiration of Pacific Overtures. Richard Christiansen love theatre and he was proud to see even the smallest storefront productions. he was the complete opposite of Claudia Cassidy yet both were terrific writers.

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