(Jones’s article appeared in The Chicago Tribune, 12/14.)
The year 2014 in Chicago theater could perhaps best be described in the words of Samuel Beckett: "I can't go on, I'll go on."For many of the creative professionals whose work fuels the Chicago theater, 2014 was a year marked by unspeakable personal and professional losses, given the abnormally high number of deaths of so many essential artists, many taken in the prime of their Chicago-based careers. So it's perhaps not surprising that 2014 also was an excellent year for serious work by ensembles. Even in happier years, the main strength of the Chicago theater has been the power of its acting ensembles.