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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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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Review: In ‘Spaceman,’ Floating in a Most Peculiar Way by Alexis Soloski

Leegrid Stevens’s play follows an astronaut on her journey to Mars, as she checks her air pressure, fuel levels and mental health.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Family Guide: Kids and Culture? There’s So Much to Talk About by Alexis Soloski, Corinna Da Fonseca-Wollheim and Daniel McDermon

Arts writers for The New York Times share their strategies (snacks) and budget-friendly options (outdoor events) in a discussion about introducing children to the arts.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘The Shadow of a Gunman’ Is a Comedy That Goes Bang by Alexis Soloski

Sean O’Casey’s tragicomic 1923 play has returned to the Irish Repertory Theater, the first production in a season devoted to his work.

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Freestyle Love Supreme review – Lin Manuel Miranda's hip-hop improv by Alexis Soloski

Greenwich House Theater, New YorkThe Hamilton creator’s goofily entertaining show has been around since 2004 and in its new Manhattan home, it’s more fun than everLin-Manuel Miranda, the…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Review: ‘The Light,’ an Unexpected Mix of #MeToo and Rom-Com by Alexis Soloski

Loy A. Webb’s tear-struck thesis play starts with an engagement and swerves into the territory of sexual-assault trauma.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

A Costume Designer With Low Budgets and High Style by Alexis Soloski

Whether he’s capturing David Lee Roth or Bed-Stuy street style, Montana Levi Blanco’s secret: an anthropological attention to detail and “amazing aggressive shopping.”

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Who Needs a Super Bowl Ad? Skittles Ups the Ante With a Broadway Musical by Alexis Soloski

Michael C. Hall, Will Eno and Sarah Benson team up for an unlikely, but very real production of “Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical.”

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Review: In ‘Skin,’ More Than Words and Sometimes Less by Alexis Soloski

The members of Broken Box Mime Theater skip walking against the wind and trapped in a box in favor of pop culture capers and #MeToo inspired riffs.

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True West review – Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano go south in mediocre drama by Alexis Soloski

American Airlines Theatre, New York Sam Shepard’s most popular play hits Broadway yet again but with underwhelming results True West, that drama of Cain-and-Abel family dynamics and mascul…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Backstage, a ‘School of Rock’ Staffer Faces Graduation by Alexis Soloski

Jill Valentine was head guardian for the musical, which closed Sunday, for almost four years, making sure the child actors were fed, watered and rested.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

‘Intelligence’ Review: A Diplomatic Mission That’s All Improv, No Comedy by Alexis Soloski

Negotiators try to role-play their way out of global conflict in this gripping play by Helen Banner. It doesn’t always make sense, but can still thrill.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Choir Boy review – Tarell Alvin McCraney hits high notes on Broadway by Alexis Soloski

Samuel J Friedman TheatreThe Oscar-winning Moonlight writer transfers his musical to a bigger venue and, while there are missteps, the songs bring the house down “Tighten up.” That’s w…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Clintons, Tootsie and Beetlejuice: what to expect on Broadway in 2019 by Alexis Soloski

The stage will see a host of star names over the next 12 months as well as yet more movie musicals and a much-anticipated drama about the ClintonsIf Broadway strides into 2019 without last y…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

At Prototype, a Posthumous Play Revived as Chamber Opera by Alexis Soloski

Sarah Kane’s “4:48 Psychosis” is presented in a way the composer, Philip Venables, hopes will make listeners appreciate joy and love.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

In ‘Grey Rock,’ a Palestinian Playwright Tackles the Ordinary by Alexis Soloski

Occupation is an ancillary concern in Amir Nizar Zuabi’s new play, in which an everyday Palestinian man decides to build a moon rocket in a shed.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

7 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend by Alexis Soloski

Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages — and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Review: Writer of ‘Nassim’ Makes a New Best Friend at Every Show by Alexis Soloski

Nassim Soleimanpour, who remains silent throughout, invites a different actor to join him onstage at each performance and star in his unrehearsed play.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

To Kill a Mockingbird review – Aaron Sorkin spellbinds Broadway by Alexis Soloski

Sam S Shubert Theatre, New YorkThe Oscar-winning writer’s controversial adaptation of the Harper Lee novel hits the stage with a splash and a strong central performance from Jeff DanielsAa…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Clueless: The Musical review – teen movie stage show is a lazy retread by Alexis Soloski

Pershing Square Signature CenterAmy Heckerling has brought her 1995 comedy classic to New York with lively choreography but a disappointing lack of charmThe best thing about Clueless: The Mu…

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Tony Kushner: 'Trump has a sinkhole instead of a soul' by Alexis Soloski

He has spent his life dramatising America’s angels and demons. As his civil rights musical returns to Britain, the playwright reveals all about revamping West Side Story for Spielberg – …

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Cher Show review – Broadway musical is a mixed bag of pop excess by Alexis Soloski

Neil Simon Theatre, New YorkA jukebox ode to the megastar contains some dazzling numbers but suffers from some clumsy storytellingAt The Cher Show, there are three Chers onstage and lots mor…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Review: ‘The Good Swimmer’ Stays Out of the Deep End by Alexis Soloski

Heidi Rodewald and Donna Di Novelli’s song cycle at the Brooklyn Academy of Music is beautifully delivered but frustratingly opaque.

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