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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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What the Constitution Means to Me review – a five star Broadway triumph by Alexis Soloski

Hayes Theater, New York Heidi Schreck’s funny, impactful and breathlessly exciting ode to the constitution is one of the year’s best shows Shattering, galvanizing and very funny, Heidi S…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

‘Fosse/Verdon’ Has Magic to Do. And Undo. by Alexis Soloski

A limited FX series revives two Broadway legends, Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. Will the show razzle dazzle us? Or will it find a new way to tell the story of artists who behave badly?

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Review: In ‘The Tragedy of Julius Caesar,’ the Political Thrill Is Gone by Alexis Soloski

Shana Cooper’s revival at Theater for a New Audience is so deep in conversation with itself and its dance battles that it nearly forgets to speak to us today.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Review: A Séance (With Leaf Blowers) in ‘Variations on the Main’ by Alexis Soloski

The final show at Jack’s current location is weird and difficult to parse. But it’s nice to know there’s a place for theater like this in New York.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ain't Too Proud review – thrilling music but shallow drama in Temptations musical by Alexis Soloski

Imperial Theatre, New York Broadway’s latest jukebox music is electrified by fantastic singing and dancing but let down by some inert storytelling There’s a chilly irony at the shrink-wr…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

White Noise review – Suzan-Lori Parks provokes and disturbs by Alexis Soloski

The Public Theater, New York The Pulitzer prize-winning playwright has created an absurdist, challenging drama about the fallout from a racially motivated attack by police Slavery ended in 1…

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He’s the Star of ‘Tootsie’ on Broadway. Wearing Heels Is the Easy Part. by Alexis Soloski

Santino Fontana’s turn as a man in a wig comes at a time when Broadway has been reckoning with the idea that musical comedies need to offer fully realized female characters.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Review: Matt Williams’s Queasy Comedy Serves Up Crudités and Crudity by Alexis Soloski

“Actually, We’re ______” follows four millennials dealing with love and infidelity, but it’s an unfunny play that would rather be a sitcom.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Review: A Political Stage Drama Gartered and Stockinged as a Relationship Comedy by Alexis Soloski

In ‘Hate___,’ the main characters argue over what it means to be Muslim, but mostly they want to get tangled in the sheets.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

The Mother review – Isabelle Huppert shines in otherwise stale play by Alexis Soloski

Linda Gross Theater, New York The prolific Oscar nominee has fun playing a woman unmoored by the absence of her husband and son in a dark farce with questionable politics Fatuous and skimpy,…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fleabag review – Phoebe Waller-Bridge triumphs off-Broadway by Alexis Soloski

Soho Playhouse, New York The witty, filthy, tragic one-woman show arrives stateside, with all its jagged edges still intact “I’m not obsessed with sex,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge says, with…

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Adam Driver and Keri Russell Share a Stage and Then, Maybe, Lightsabers by Alexis Soloski

Before the force is with them, Keri Russell and Adam Driver, who will both appear in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” bring an unruly love story to Broadway.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Thirty Years Later, Heidi Schreck Has Some Amendments by Alexis Soloski

The playwright and star of “What the Constitution Means to Me” visits the Founding Fathers and talks about breaking up with their creation.

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