Category Archives: In the News

Reviews, features, and previews. The full text of most articles are below.

The story behind an American movie classic

The story behind an American movie classic

Herald Times Review | September 8, 2017 "Handley's fruit-guzzling scenes had the audience in peals of laughter."
'Visions of Right' explores options for responding to hate

‘Visions of Right’ explores options for responding to hate

Herald Times Review | May 21, 2017 -- The two best performances are by the leading couple, Abby Lee (as Christina) and Chris J. Handley (as Oz). Both actors are down-to-Earth and easy to relate to, while very moving in the more somber scenes.
Visions of Right: A Response to Hate

Visions of Right: A Response to Hate

WFIU Review | May 19, 2017 -- Chris J Handley has charm with a nice innocence and a real skill with storytelling. ... He also shares with the audience a wry Yiddish-tinged sense of humor. And he, like his wife, is concealing a scar, the memory of a controversial medical decision and action.
Prospect Hill: Three's More Than a Crowd

Prospect Hill: Three’s More Than a Crowd

WFIU Review | March 29, 2017 -- Prospect Hill is a thought provoking, funny and moving play by IU MFA playwright Bruce Walsh. Joshua Robinson, Chris J. Handley and Joshua M. Smith do wonderful service in compelling performances.
'Prospect Hill' ventures off campus, into intriguing performance

‘Prospect Hill’ ventures off campus, into intriguing performance

Herald Times Review | March 26, 2017 -- The actors brilliantly capture this complexity. Chris J. Handley and Joshua Robinson are an ideal pair as Jacob and Rex. Under Valentine’s careful direction, these actors rarely strike a false note.
New play explores the struggle of being a modern day human being

New play explores the struggle of being a modern day human being

Indiana Daily Student Feature | March 24, 2017 -- “I hope people walk out of it feeling less alone with whatever they’re going through,” composer Kimberly Osberg said. “We’re all going through this crazy thing called life together.”
New play “Prospect Hill” by Bruce Walsh, a story of faith, hope, and redemption, comes to IU Theatre

New play “Prospect Hill” by Bruce Walsh, a story of faith, hope, and redemption, comes to IU Theatre

Feb 28, 2017 -- Prospect Hill centers around three men living in the titular neighborhood in Bloomington, Indiana. Jacob (3rd-year M.F.A. actor Chris J. Handley, in his final role at IU), is a recovering alcoholic – as well as a recovering Mennonite.
The Duchess: Integrity O’ Life Is Fortune’s Best Friend

The Duchess: Integrity O’ Life Is Fortune’s Best Friend

WFIU Review | February 9, 2017 -- In a surprising scene, the Duchess actually woos, Antonio, her estate’s accountant. Antonio is a well-spoken Chris Handley, even when they’re married with children remains a bit in awe of his wife.
IU offers stunning production of dark tragedy 'Duchess'

IU offers stunning production of dark tragedy ‘Duchess’

Herald Times Review | February 6, 2017 -- But this is no Halloween spectacle; the play is highly sophisticated, and the actors approach it in an equally sophisticated manner. Chris J. Handley makes for a likeable Antonio.
IU Theatre’s Duchess of Malfi tale of independence, betrayal, bloody REVENGE

IU Theatre’s Duchess of Malfi tale of independence, betrayal, bloody REVENGE

Jan 12, 2017 -- Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance with a boldly realized production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. With an action-packed plot, lyrical language, and compelling characters, Webster’s Jacobean masterpiece is considered one of the greatest tragedies of Renaissance drama.
‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ has local flair

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ has local flair

Messenger Post Preview | July 9, 2016 -- “Starcatcher is really a show for the whole family,” said Bristol Valley Theater Executive Artistic Director Karin Bowersock. “It’s a fun, fast-paced adventure with enough jokes to keep parents laughing right along with the kids.”
10 Things I Loved About IU Theatre’s Production of Macbeth

10 Things I Loved About IU Theatre’s Production of Macbeth

Though the cast as a whole succeeded in communicating the intricacies of the story through the potential barrier of the language, the best instance of illustrated Shakespeare was Chris J. Handley’s rendition of the Porter’s scene.
'Distant present' setting helps IU Theater give 'Macbeth' new life

‘Distant present’ setting helps IU Theater give ‘Macbeth’ new life

Herald Times Review | February 8, 2016 -- The rest of the acting performances vary in quality, but particularly memorable is the comic relief that Chris J. Handley provides as the drunken porter. Handley’s physical comedy chops are an unexpected treat in “Macbeth.”
IU Theatre's "Macbeth" to open Friday

IU Theatre’s “Macbeth” to open Friday

Indiana Daily Student Preview | February 4, 2016 -- Barefoot in rags and corsets, three witches with tangled hair danced across the stage to the sound of thunder, wind and clicking sticks.
Eric Michael Gillett, Karen Akers, Melanie Vaughan Set for I Won't Sing a Sondheim Song... or will I?

Eric Michael Gillett, Karen Akers, Melanie Vaughan Set for I Won’t Sing a Sondheim Song… or will I?

Playbill | April 11, 2011 -- Eric Michael Gillett will be joined on stage by special guests Melanie Vaughan and Tony nominee Karen Akers as well as Chris J. Handley and Kelly McDonald. Musical director/arranger Jeff Cubeta will be featured on piano.
You're Gonna Love Tomorrow Benefit to Feature Karen Akers, Bernard Dotson, Valerie Lemon and More

You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow Benefit to Feature Karen Akers, Bernard Dotson, Valerie Lemon and More

Playbill | Dec 30, 2010 -- You're Gonna Love Tomorrow, a benefit for the Singers Forum's AEA Scholarship Fund, will be held Jan. 3, 2011, at Don't Tell Mama in Manhattan.
Unholy Trinity Revue Celebrates Bentley's 90th Birthday Oct. 6

Unholy Trinity Revue Celebrates Bentley’s 90th Birthday Oct. 6

Playbill | October 6, 2006 -- Neal Radice directs the production, which features scenes and songs by Bentley with music arranged by Maxim Mazumdar. Saul Elkin, Drew Kahn and Chris J. Handley are scheduled to star in the one-night-only event.