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Monday, October 21, 2019

American Utopia review: David Byrne starts making sense by Alexis Soloski

Hudson Theatre, New York The country is far from perfect, a Broadway audience will not chant the names of black Americans killed by police. The singer presses on More than a concert and less…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Little Shop of Horrors review – gory musical blooms again off-Broadway by Alexis Soloski

Westside Theatre, New York Killer performances from Jonathan Groff and Tammy Blanchard bring a revival of the 1982 tale of a bloodthirsty plant to vibrant life The musical comedy our climate…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Rose Tattoo review – Marisa Tomei is wasted in Broadway farce by Alexis Soloski

The American Airlines Theatre, New York A delightful turn from the Oscar winner isn’t enough to save this garbled and tiresome Tennessee Williams adaptation The Rose Tattoo, now co-starri…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Review: In ‘Georgia Mertching Is Dead,’ a Road Trip Takes Detours by Alexis Soloski

Catya McMullen’s work is a memory play, a friendship play, a delayed coming-of-age drama and briefly a romantic comedy.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Ten Years Later, Adam Gwon Is Looking to Kill by Alexis Soloski

The composer broke out with his touching musical “Ordinary Days.” He’s back with his biggest show yet, the ’70s-set tale of a treacherous burger cook with more than a resemblance to …

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

'Our sexuality is wild' – Clare Barron, the dramatist pushing flesh to its limits by Alexis Soloski

Her plays are full of big, soulful, sexually charged parts for women. As Dirty Crusty hits Britain, the writer talks about binge-dating and casting off the shame she learned growing up Clare…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Review: In ‘Invention of Tragedy,’ Wordplay Over Plotlines by Alexis Soloski

Mac Wellman’s ode to theater does away with character and basic grammar. Here, language baffles and delights.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Sunday review – Jack Thorne's book group drama is an empty misfire by Alexis Soloski

The Linda Gross Theater and the Atlantic Theater Company, New York The Tony-winning writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stumbles with a navel-gazing show about an unconvincing group …

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

All hail Tina Fey: the funniest comic of the 21st century by Alexis Soloski

From skewering Sarah Palin to handing us Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, here are 10 of the SNL legend’s most hilarious moments The 50 best comedians A nice girl with an anarchic bent and a tongue …

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century by Michael Billington, Alexis Soloski, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

A hip-hop history lesson, a dizzy Dahl musical and a continent-hopping barbershop … we pick the finest new works of theatre since 2000 Jez Butterworth: the sage behind our No1 Continue rea…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Theatrical Moles Put Out Their Paws for a Visit by Alexis Soloski

Washington Square Park has certainly seen its share of eccentrics. But a parade of fur-clad, claw-footed Frenchmen turned a head or two.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

‘You Oughta Know’: The Road to Making a ’90s Anthem a Broadway Hit by Alexis Soloski

In the new musical “Jagged Little Pill,” Alanis Morissette’s song about romantic betrayal has become a showstopper.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Singing Meat Loaf in His Underwear? He’d Do Anything for That by Alexis Soloski

Bradley Dean blasted the producers of “Bat Out of Hell: The Musical” when they canceled the tour. But that didn’t keep him from the rock-god thrill of his career in the New York run.

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Can Derren Brown Be Fooled? Yes. Often. by Alexis Soloski

As one of the world’s best magicians he’ll fool you, too, even though magic isn’t really his thing.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Review: In ‘Bad News!,’ an Evening of Show and Tell by Alexis Soloski

JoAnne Akalaitis’s show at N.Y.U. Skirball assembles messenger speeches from Ancient Greek drama, with a nod to the present.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Review: ‘Kids in the Hall,’ Rehashed for Adults in a Theater by Alexis Soloski

Kevin McDonald, once part of the Canadian comedy troupe, plays for audience nostalgia in ‘Kevin McDonald: Alive on 42nd Street.’

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Woke up Broadway: the difficulty of updating stories for the stage by Alexis Soloski

The uptick in hauling older scripts, from Tootsie to Moulin Rouge, to the stage has left playwrights with many hurdles Here is a question from Tootsie, the Broadway musical about an out-of-w…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Wild oversharing comic Phoebe Robinson: 'I do dumb things. That's who I am!' by Alexis Soloski

Is the fringe ready for the brash standup who used to get paid in nachos and chicken wings? We meet one half of 2 Dope Queens as she fills her shoes with sweat What does Phoebe Robinson want…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review: In ‘Bat Out of Hell,’ Paradise by the LED Light by Alexis Soloski

A post-apocalyptic Peter Pan story with book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman is a masterpiece of overstatement. But try not to sing along.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

‘Native Son’ Review: A Big Story Made Smaller by Alexis Soloski

This fluid and nonlinear adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel is brisk, but its theatrics upstage its implications.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Review: In 3 Short Plays, the Art of Making Up and Breaking Up by Alexis Soloski

The second program of “Summer Shorts 2019,” at 59E59 Theaters, is a patchy evening including a contribution by Neil LaBute.

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At These High-End Dinner Theaters, Classics Come With Crudités by Alexis Soloski

An adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” makes a picnic of pentameter, and decadent dining accompanies William Blake in “The Devouring.”

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Men Who Aren’t Afraid of Tears by Alexis Soloski

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge grapple with love, grief and vulnerability in “Sea Wall/A Life,” paired one-act plays on Broadway.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Review: In ‘Get on Your Knees,’ a Comedian Goes There by Alexis Soloski

Jacqueline Novak’s show, a stand-up comedy set that inclines toward theater, offers a personal and intellectual history of oral sex.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

From Russia, With Despair, Self-Loathing and Love by Alexis Soloski

What do two contemporary playwrights have in common with Anton Chekhov? A bunch.

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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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