Chad Jones

Chad Jones’ is the Bay Area’s online source for theater news and reviews and has been since its debut in 2006. The name comes from a joke the playwright Paul Rudnick made during an interview. After making an obscure joke and eliciting a laugh from his interview, Rudnick said: “Thank you for laughing. There are some jokes only theater dogs can hear.”

Theater Dogs aims to report the major stories in Bay Area theater and interview the extraordinary pool of talent that makes theater in this part of the country so incredibly vital. The site also includes an archive of theater reviews – hundreds of them – for productions stretching from Marin in the north to San Jose in the south, Walnut Creek in the east to Mountain View/Palo Alto in the west.

Chad Jones is a San Francisco-based journalist and lifelong theater fan. He has been covering Bay Area theater since 1992. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Marin Independent Journal, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Sacramento Bee, Bay Area Reporter, Nob Hill Gazette, Theatre Bay Area magazine and London-based magazine Plays International.

Jones grew up in Reno, Nevada and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno (including a semester studying theater at the University of London). His first experience on stage was in the Reno Little Theatre production of Kurt Vonnegut’s Happy Birthday, Wanda June. Since becoming a professional theater critic in 1992 he has seen an average of 200 shows a year, for a running career total of 3,600 shows. He is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and served for 10 years on the Will Glickman New Play Award committee.