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Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: 2 Women in a Cell, Grasping for Sanity in ‘No One Is Forgotten’ by Alexis Soloski

This play, a response to the rise in the deaths of journalists, is a reminder that imprisonment can happen to anyone.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

They Didn’t Speak for Nearly a Decade. Then They Made a Show About It. by Alexis Soloski

After starring together in “The Last Five Years” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott had a “fracture” in their relationship. How do you set that…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

David Cale Has a New Story to Tell: His Own by Alexis Soloski

In his musical memory play at the Public Theater, he’s no longer being indirect about the violence that shaped, and shadowed, his life.

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Review: Criss Angel Goes Broadway, and the Blood and Spiders Follow by Alexis Soloski

What happens when the “Mindfreak” unplugs? A little less gore and a tribute to a magician who came before him. Plus: boob jokes.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Review: In ‘Leap,’ a Quarter-Life Crisis Goes On for a Lifetime by Alexis Soloski

Chana Porter’s absurdist take on “Peer Gynt” finds a young woman trying on new identities but finding that none quite fit.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘Oh! Calcutta!’ at 50: Still Naked After All These Years by Alexis Soloski

John Lennon and Sam Shepard wrote sketches. The cast was unclothed. And it went on to a two-decade Broadway run. An oral history of one of theater’s unlikeliest hits.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Review: In ‘Pathetic,’ a Retelling of Racine, Love Hurts by Alexis Soloski

Julia Jarcho’s new play is a squirmy, sinister meditation on female desire, with a whiff of ancient Greece.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Secret Life of Bees review – sweet, buzzy musical is one to watch by Alexis Soloski

Linda Gross Theater at the Atlantic Theater Company, New York The latest from Spring Awakening’s Duncan Sheik is a lush and emotionally impactful production with a smart book from Pulitzer…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Michelle Wolf: 'My new period joke is for men – and they love it' by Alexis Soloski

The upfront standup took down Trump with a blistering routine at the White House correspondents’ dinner. But she won’t joke about him again Here are some things the comedian Michelle Wol…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Why this year's Tony awards lacked that Broadway magic by Alexis Soloski

With most of the awards landing in predictable hands and a host who failed to add the requisite pizzazz, the annual Broadway love-in felt rather flat The 2019 Tony awards began with James Co…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: ‘Nomad Motel,’ a Play With Vacancies by Alexis Soloski

In this untidy but often poignant drama, Carla Ching brings together the young and the rootless in Southern California.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Bernadette Peters: 'Every role I've played, I've thought – that's me!' by Alexis Soloski

The Broadway powerhouse talks about trusting Sondheim, hearing others sing her songs and waiting to be taken seriously Cafe Luxembourg, the closet-sized New York bistro Bernadette Peters cho…

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Bronx Gothic: one woman shaking oppression to the core by Alexis Soloski

Assaulting the audience with its ‘twerking gone wrong’, Okwui Okpokwasili’s dance-theatre hybrid draws on difficult memories of her childhood Okwui Okpokwasili wants to shake you. Up a…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Review: In ‘Lunch Bunch,’ You Are What Eats You by Alexis Soloski

Sarah Einspanier’s play centers on beleaguered public defenders trying to find ways to nourish themselves and maybe one another.

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3 Days in a Van With a Shakespeare Troupe. Daggers and Dunkin’ Donuts. by Alexis Soloski

The intrepid young actors from Shakespeare & Company perform on a four month tour, not unlike the traveling players from Elizabethan times.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

How Annette Bening Puts It All Onstage. But Keeps Something for Herself. by Alexis Soloski

The film star is nominated for a Tony for “All My Sons,” a play with which she has a personal connection.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: A Rollicking Trek ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ by Alexis Soloski

Laura Eason’s adaptation of the Jules Verne novel is a reminder of how to make stage magic from simple elements.

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Review: In ‘Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real and Imagined,’ No Happily Ever After by Alexis Soloski

The Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s production synthesizes dramatic narrative with chamber music and some fantastic puppetry.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

What Inspired a New Musical? Conspiracy Theories. And Yodeling. by Alexis Soloski

Dave Malloy, the “Great Comet” composer, unpacks three songs from “Octet,” his (yes) a cappella musical about digital addiction.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Beetlejuice review – fun, freaky Tim Burton adaptation haunts Broadway by Alexis Soloski

The Winter Garden, New York A stage transfer for the spirited 80s comedy struggles to produce any memorable songs but provides an enjoyably silly night out nonetheless A specter is haunting …

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tootsie review – Broadway adaptation is a giddy night out by Alexis Soloski

The Marquis Theatre, New York Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Santino Fontana gives a charming performance as a man dressing up as a woman to get ahead What if all that stood between you and succes…

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Monday, April 22, 2019

All My Sons review – Annette Bening and Tracy Letts power sturdy revival by Alexis Soloski

The American Airlines Theatre, New York Thrilling, note perfect performances elevate yet another staging of Arthur Miller’s transgressive tragedy A play about the rancid heart of the Ameri…

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Gary review – Taylor Mac's Titus sequel is a bloody mess by Alexis Soloski

The Booth Theatre, New York An inspired idea, a comedic follow-up to Shakespeare’s brutal tragedy, is sadly not enough to sustain a disappointingly thin show Nine onstage deaths, three sev…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Ben Platt: 'Beyoncé gave me flowers. I'm afraid to touch them' by Alexis Soloski

He played ‘anxious weirdo nerds’ in Pitch Perfect and Dear Evan Hansen, but on his soul-baring new album Ben Platt has a new role ... himself ‘I really like playing people who aren’t…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Hillary and Clinton review – Laurie Metcalf on winning form in solid drama by Alexis Soloski

The Golden Theatre, New York The Tony award winner dominates as the politician in a 2008-set work of speculative stage drama with John Lithgow as her supportive husband Remember when Hillar…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

In John Cameron Mitchell’s Podcast, a Rock Musical That’s All in Your Head by Alexis Soloski

“Anthem: Homunculus” is a six-hour, 10-episode epic about a man and his teratoma. The tumor sings. As do Glenn Close, Patti LuPone and Cynthia Erivo.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Burn This review – Adam Driver ignites patchy Broadway revival by Alexis Soloski

Hudson Theatre, New York A standout performance from the brooding actor is the main selling point of an 80s-set comedy drama that fails to match him A small play about big words – sex, dea…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Critic’s Notebook: The Playboy Club in 2019: Show Tunes and an Identity Crisis by Alexis Soloski

Entertainment for all: On Mondays the club hosts Playboy Live!, a showcase for Broadway talent.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

‘Fosse/Verdon’ Is Full of Broadway Legends. Here’s Who’s Who by Alexis Soloski

This series, which debuts Tuesday on FX, includes many midcentury Broadway and film personalities and their works. Here’s a cheat sheet.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Let It Bleed: The Perverse Influence of ‘Titus Andronicus’ by Alexis Soloski

With Taylor Mac’s “sequel” about to open on Broadway, we look at how Shakespeare’s goriest play has seeped into pop culture.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘The White Devil,’ Pick Your Poison by Alexis Soloski

Turns out that a Jacobean tragedy with a bleak worldview and an extensive body count can still be a lot of fun.

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