Category Archives: In the News
Reviews, features, and previews. The full text of most articles are below.
Herald Times Review | September 8, 2017 "Handley's fruit-guzzling scenes had the audience in peals of laughter."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.