About CHRIS SILK
Chris Silk joined the Daily News in January 1999. He graduated summa cum laude from the honors program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a degree in Journalism and minors in Spanish and History.
Chris interned at the Daily News through the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Online Editing program in the summer of 1998 before returning to Naples full-time to work on the Web desk. He remembers when there were only two lanes headed over the Gordon River on U.S. 41 and you could see cows along Interstate 75 in Bonita Springs.Chris began reviewing local theater performances for the Daily News during the fall of 2007. His first review was of Queen Latifah's slamming performance at the Philharmonic, while his favorite so far has been "Eagle Fruit," British playwright Terry Johnson's scream-and-leap blast of performance art for the spiritually deprived from the Laboratory Theater of Florida in December 2009.
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Artis-Naples name change controversial, but future looks promising
Published 04/19/2014 at 5 p.m.
When Van Bergen announced the name change for the arts venue seemingly overnight, the town was aflame. Everyone had an opinion.
Review: Find great big laughs at BIG ARTS in "The Big Bang"
Published 04/13/2014 at 1 p.m.
In the waning days of season, as the hot sun beats down and the snowbirds flee the heat, a comedy unlike few others opens on Sanibel with a great "Big Bang." True story: I laughed so hard during the opening ...
Review: Laughs, love as CFABS offers gal pal version of "The Odd Couple"
Updated 04/10/2014 at 12:16 p.m.
Well, girls and boys, here's a Neil Simon play I can get behind. It's an odd one - "The Odd Couple (Female Version)." Catch it tonight, Friday and Sunday at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. Combine one messy ...
In The 239: Nothing like a dame! Broadway stars share all in new book
Published 04/06/2014 at 3 p.m.
Eddie Shapiro knows there is nothing like a dame. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote a song about it. Shapiro wrote an entire 364-page book. He interviewed 20 of the Great White Way’s biggest, boldest, brassiest women for “Nothing Like ...
Review: FGCU explores birth, death of love and creation in "Bloody Poetry"
Published 04/05/2014 at 6 p.m.
Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" was born on a beach in Switzerland, didn't you know? "Bloody Poetry," playing through next Sunday at Florida Gulf Coast University, tells you so. If you haven't heard phrase "spraying the baby's head" before, you have now. ...
Review: Take another lap with Broadway Palm's "Dixie Swim Club"
Published 04/02/2014 at 3:30 p.m.
"The Dixie Swim Club" takes another dip into the Off-Broadway Palm pool this spring. Director Paul Bernier coaches his cast into perfect comedic form. Don't be fooled; "Dixie" might seem as shallow as a kiddie pool, but those laughs betray ...
Review: Lab Theater seduces audiences in "The Graduate"
Published 04/02/2014 at 2:30 p.m.
"Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?" Oh, I think she's trying to do a lot more than that. And truth be told, Mrs. Robinson shows A LOT MORE THAN THAT in "The Graduate." Full frontal female nudity hits ...
Review: Breathtaking "Evita" tangos into Artis–Naples on wings of song
Published 04/02/2014 at 9:19 a.m.
The national tour of "Evita" tangoed into Artis–Naples Tuesday. Eva Duarte has never looked so lovely, so lonely, so power-hungry, so fragile. This isn't Madonna's "Evita," nor even Patti LuPone's. This "Evita" belongs to Caroline Bowman.
Review: Naples Players find dose of relevant drama in 'Distracted'
Published 04/01/2014 at 5:27 p.m.
There's your sanity, your peace of mind, your relations with the teachers and the school. And then there's your son. That's the premise of "Distracted."
Review: Florida Rep makes audiences laugh, think in smart "Clybourne Park"
Published 04/01/2014 at 9:35 a.m.
"Clybourne Park" is about a lot of things. Director Robert Cacioppo makes it about one: "who owns the neighborhood?" Then, he picks up the sledgehammer of racism and wields it like a surgeon's scalpel, for only when we confront the ...
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