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John Malkovich in The Music Critic at Orpheum Theater

Why see John Malkovich in The Music Critic?

A critical hit

Never one to shy away from the meta, John Malkovich once again gets deep into this highly intriguing new show. Written by musician Aleksey Igudesman, Malkovich is the titular 'Music Critic', a nebulous, evil character created of some of the most savage criticism of the past few hundred years. 

As he spews initial reactions to some of classical music's most iconic pieces, including reductive opinions of Schuman ('a composer'), Brahms ('a giftless bastard') and Debussy ('just ugly'), he is battled by his subjects of scorn, leading to a turning of tables worthy of even the most bombastic Beethoven finales.

Expect Malkovichian flights of imagination alongside performances of some of the greatest works in the classical canon as John Malkovich becomes The Music Critic.

Key Information

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You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.


Finished Oct 20, 2023


Customer reviews

1 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

Gabrielle C

The Music Critic

Malkovich is a genius! A must see performance. I immensely enjoyed the music and the acting of the musicians . Very grateful for being able to see it at the Chicago theater, last night. I highly recommend it! Enjoy it yoo! ... Read more


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