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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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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 9 Ways to Honor His Legacy by Alexis Soloski

Marches and parades are on pause this year. But streamed events and exhibitions are still commemorating King’s achievements.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Songs of Separation, and Lessons in Persian Cooking by Alexis Soloski

The Under the Radar Festival entries “Capsule” and “Disclaimer” explore intimacy, isolation and identity. Bring your own fenugreek.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

How the Spectacle of British Pantomime Looks From Across the Pond by Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Thanks to streaming, two American critics got to binge a bunch of the holiday extravaganzas. So how does this silly British tradition translate?

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

An Online Show that Runs and Runs (and Runs) by Alexis Soloski

“Stars in the House,” a variety show and fund-raiser, started just after the Broadway shutdown. Some 250 episodes later, its creators won’t quit.

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Holiday Theater to Stream by Alexis Soloski

Stream productions of reimagined fairy tales and Christmas standards like ‘A Christmas Carol’ being staged at theaters around the world.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

With These Experiences for Kids, All the Living Room’s a Stage by Alexis Soloski

Theatermakers are devising new, immersive ways to engage children, with a few sending boxes of props and set pieces to your home.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Best Theater of 2020 by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Maya Phillips, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

It wasn’t the year for celebration. But watching innovation flourish inspired our chief critic, while other writers found the joys of the stage in other media.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Depending on the Kindness of Sound Engineers by Alexis Soloski

Williamstown Theater Festival’s summer season is now a winter experiment, all on audio. That includes “A Streetcar Named Desire,” recorded in actor’s closets.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Review: Open Chat Windows and Closed Cases in ‘Citizen Detective’ by Alexis Soloski

With its latest show, the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles has cornered the American market on long-running, agreeable online theater.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

‘Between the World and Me’: From Page to Stage to Screen by Alexis Soloski

An all-star cast came together, remotely and in socially distanced shoots, to turn Ta-Nehisi Coates’s memoir into a vivid amalgam of art, music and performance for HBO.

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

When the Critic Is Also the Star. And the Audience. by Laura Collins-Hughes and Alexis Soloski

Connection or isolation? Intensity or escape? This spate of shows that put the watcher to work are rewarding, but often in contrasting ways.

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