The Dueling Critics
The Dueling Critics are Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman, two theater reviewers who were apparently separated at birth and have been reunited by the grace of listener-supported public radio. Each week they debate the merits of a show at one of the 240-some professional theaters in the Chicago area, often supplementing their discussion with individual recommendations of plays not to be missed. Jonathan, who also reviews for Windy City Times and teaches theater history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been working in and writing about the theater for about 40 years while Kelly boasts 15 years as a critic including a long stint at the Chicago Reader. They merged their talents into the Dueling Critics segment in 2007 and brought the segment to WDCB last year. In addition to their Sunday morning contribution to the Arts Section, their blogged and podcast opinions can be found on DuelingCritics.net.