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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Behind the 'Boo!': How Haunted House Actors Scare Guests by Alexis Soloski and Erik Tanner

What does it take to scare the candy corn out of someone? Performers at two of New York’s hallowed haunted attractions explain the secrets behind the shocks.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

‘Letters of Suresh’ Review: Returning to the Fold by Alexis Soloski

Rajiv Joseph’s new drama revisits the protagonist, and the metaphoric possibilities of origami, of his earlier play “Animals Out of Paper.”

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Forty days a slave: Suzan-Lori Parks on her incendiary new play White Noise by Alexis Soloski

In a drama that taps straight into these angry, anguished times, a Black artist responds to a police beating by becoming his white friend’s ‘enslaved person’. Pulitzer-winner Parks exp…

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Onstage, ‘Designing Women’ Sheds the Shoulder Pads, Not Its Politics by Alexis Soloski

The hit sitcom, which ended in 1993, is back as play, premiering in Arkansas. But how do its laughs land in our more pointed political landscape?

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Max Harwood Steps Up in 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' by Alexis Soloski

Max Harwood, making his professional debut with the movie musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” has “this kind of magic about him.”

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Review: In ‘Return the Moon,’ Theater Between Phases by Alexis Soloski

While insubstantial, this immersive online performance gathers people virtually until they can get together more safely in person.

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Edie Falco, Blair Brown and Marin Ireland Discuss 'Morning Sun' by Alexis Soloski

Edie Falco, Blair Brown and Marin Ireland portray three generations of women sharing the same Greenwich Village walk-up in Simon Stephens’s new play.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

‘This is still here’: Bess Wohl’s story of seduction in a Nazi summer camp by Alexis Soloski

The US playwright’s new drama, at the Old Vic in London, is a tragicomic romance amid swastika-shaped flowerbeds. She talks about finding a dark past on a trip to Long Island In May 2020, …

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Review: In ‘Islander,’ the Puck Stops Here by Alexis Soloski

This verbatim hockey drama, at Here Arts Center, considers issues of masculinity and the peculiar ownership that fans feel toward a team and its players.

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Monday, August 16, 2021

‘Walden’ Review: Getting Away From It All by Alexis Soloski

Amy Berryman’s three-character drama, set in a one-room cabin as crises rage outside, asks how much we owe to ourselves and our world.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Velvet, Organza and Vipers: Stage Costumes Dazzle by Alexis Soloski

An exhibition offers a close-up look at “Hamilton,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” and more. Here are 10 highlights.

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Review: In Carl Hancock Rux’s ‘Vs.,’ the Jury Is Out by Alexis Soloski

Where justice is virtual, crimes have no names and audience members step up to the dock to examine anonymous witnesses.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Review: ‘Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings)’ Is a Mangled Love Letter by Alexis Soloski

There’s great pleasure in seeing the actress Jackie Hoffman take center stage, even if the play, by E. Dale Smith, doesn’t quite deliver.

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Theater Is in the Streets of New York, if You Listen by Alexis Soloski

Recent audio and walking tours provide a gentle return to spectatorship while also revealing overlooked corners of the city.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Hot Vax Summer? Falstaff and Shakespeare in the Park Are Ready. by Alexis Soloski

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is reopening with a Harlem-set version of Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Pulitzer winner Katori Hall: ‘I think of theatre as a church. It’s a sanctuary’ by Alexis Soloski

Her Tina Turner musical is a smash, her stripper TV show P-Valley sizzles –and now The Hot Wing King, inspired by her gay brother, has earned her one of the world’s top gongs One afterno…

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Father and Son Return to the Stage, Together. Again. No Regrets. by Alexis Soloski

Reed and Ephraim Birney are in the Berkshires, reprising their roles in “Chester Bailey.” They discuss what it’s like to play off — and fight — each other.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

‘Worlds Fair Inn’ Review: You Can Check Out Anytime You Like by Alexis Soloski

A lurid story about the serial killer H.H. Holmes gets an absurdist spin at the Axis Theater Company.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Review: Connection, Interrupted, in ‘Communion’ by Alexis Soloski

Christopher Chen’s new play is big on concept and cleverness, but withholds the intimacy that theater-lovers have craved during the pandemic.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

A ‘Hamilton’ Star Discovers Lunatic Comedy With ‘Girls5eva’ by Alexis Soloski

Renée Elise Goldsberry plays a delusional diva reuniting a girl group in a music biz satire executive produced by Tina Fey. It’s her midcareer moment.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

When Covid Dropped the Curtain on Broadway Actors, TV Kept the Lights On by Alexis Soloski

New and returning TV series like “The Gilded Age” and “The Good Fight” have been a lifeline for celebrated theater actors during the pandemic. Will TV, or theater, ever look the same?

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Monday, May 3, 2021

The Play Is Coming From Inside the House by Alexis Soloski

Three new virtual productions, set in haunted homes and an interactive hotel, give you the excitement of exploring spaces that are off limits.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Put Down Your Book. It’s Time to Act Out. by Alexis Soloski

With playhouses closed, theater fans have taken drama into their own hands and mouths, forming play reading groups online and off.

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Review: Mean Streets ‘Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles’ by Alexis Soloski

This interactive play gives voice to marginalized people, while also asking its audience to mistrust them.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Cristin Milioti Is No One’s Accessory by Alexis Soloski

In HBO Max’s “Made for Love,” the “Palm Springs” actress again dismantles romantic clichés. “I didn’t get into this to be a handbag to a man’s story,” she said.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Can You Autograph a Playbill Through Your Screen? by Alexis Soloski

When Broadway shut, stage doors found a new way to open — on digital platforms that offer private lessons, birthday videos and meet and greets with stars.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Go or No? An Indoor Theater Invitation (at Last!) Needs an R.S.V.P. by Laura Collins-Hughes and Alexis Soloski

Two critics, hungry for live performance, weigh whether they’re ready to take a health risk for “Blindness,” which opens in New York next month.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Review: Living the ‘Dream,’ on Your Laptop or Phone by Alexis Soloski

Gorgeous but thin, this half-hour experiment from the Royal Shakespeare Company turns Puck into an avatar and “theatergoers” into fireflies.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Working in TV, Jen Silverman Wrote a Novel. About Theater. by Alexis Soloski

“We Play Ourselves” finds a struggling playwright exiled to Los Angeles and obsessing over New York. Then she meets the manipulative filmmaker next door.

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To Love, Honor and Co-Star: Making Room for Two on Zoom by Alexis Soloski

Hiring couples to act together allows us to see two people in one virtual space. For the couples themselves, though, it can feel like “there’s no escape.”

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

All the World’s a Screen? They’re Used to It by Alexis Soloski

Is theater even theater when you watch it on your laptop? Ask the artists who’ve blurred the boundaries between live and filmed performance for years.

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre