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updated: 10/22/2013 12:31 PM

How YOU can be a theater critic

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So, you've always wanted to be a theater critic?

The Daily Herald and Broadway in Chicago are partnering to offer readers a chance to experience what it's like to attend an opening night performance and then tell the world via video your thoughts on the experience. We're calling it "Short and Sweet," and it'll be a series of reviews focusing on shows from the audience's perspective.

It works like this:

Visit and fill out the questionnaire. We will choose one winner for each opening night throughout the year.

If you are selected, you and a guest will attend the performance. The following Thursday at 10 a.m., Broadway in Chicago will tape your segment at TriBeCa Flashpoint Studio, 28 N. Clark St. Nothing to be nervous about; it won't take more than an hour. The video will appear on the Short and Sweet theater page on

The first show in the series is "Wicked." Opening night is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, at the Oriental Theater, 24 W. Randolph St.

Send in your application by Oct. 27, and we will notify you by Oct. 28. If you don't make this round, we will put your name in for future shows. There will be monthly opportunities in 2014.

At the end of the year, we will host a party and name our Short and Sweet Critic of the Year.

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