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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: At the Big Apple Circus, Discs Fly and So Do People by Alexis Soloski

The Big Apple Circus returns with oversize airborne cranberries, a steamy aerial ballet and a prancing pig.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

King Kong review – Broadway kills the beast in monstrously bad musical by Alexis Soloski

Broadway Theatre, New YorkDespite the spectacle of a 2,400lb puppet, a shambolic production doesn’t know what to do with him and any magic quickly evaporatesKing Kong arrives fashionably l…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

American Son review – excruciatingly relevant race drama by Alexis Soloski

The Booth Theater, New YorkKerry Washington plays a mother whose son goes missing in a tough, timely play about the dangers of being young and black in AmericaWhen the lights rise on Christo…

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Hadestown: how Anaïs Mitchell's lo-fi hit became a sensational musical by Alexis Soloski

It started as a show that toured Vermont in a school bus. Now it’s hitting the National Theatre and is bound for Broadway. We track the long, winding road of HadestownHadestown, the Orphic…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Review: Like Life, ‘Catch as Catch Can’ Throws Curveballs by Alexis Soloski

Mia Chung’s play, presented at the New Ohio Theater by Page 73, lays bare the theatricality of family life with actors who cross genders and ages.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review: In ‘When We Went Electronic,’ Hell Is Available in Spandex by Alexis Soloski

Caitlin Saylor Stephens’s play, directed by Meghan Finn for the Tank, is like a fun house ride that’s just a pile of distorting mirrors.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Review: ‘Renascence’ Introduces a Thoroughly Modern Millay by Alexis Soloski

The music soars but the creative process is flattened in a biomusical devoted to the poet’s early adulthood.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Waverly Gallery review – Elaine May dazzles in devastating dementia drama by Alexis Soloski

The John Golden Theatre, New YorkKenneth Lonergan’s personal play about a gallery owner losing her memory is a beautifully acted, quietly crushing tragedyThe Waverly Gallery, now revived o…

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It’s Alive! Well, the Puppeteers Are by Alexis Soloski

Manual Cinema’s “Frankenstein” is a film-theater hybrid that fuses Mary Shelley’s novel with her biography, emphasizing themes of desire, birth and loss.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Exit Interview: Lauren Ambrose Says Goodbye to Eliza but Hopes to Keep the Boots by Alexis Soloski

Sharing stories of a professionally thrilling Broadway role in “My Fair Lady” that coincided with personal loss.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Lifespan of a Fact review – Daniel Radcliffe's patchy return to Broadway by Alexis Soloski

Studio 54, New YorkAn intriguing premise and a confident assemblage of ideas fall apart onstage despite a trio of strong performancesFact: Lifespan of a Fact is one of the three best new pla…

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

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: O, for a Muse of Fire, or a Comptroller, to Save ‘Popcorn Falls’ by Alexis Soloski

Armed with money for a theater (which doesn’t exist) to save his town, a mayor tries his hand at playwriting in this two-actor, multicharacter comedy.

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Encounters: Mercedes Ruehl Takes Weekly Strolls With Her Acting Students by Alexis Soloski

The actress, who stars in the Broadway revival of “Torch Song,” is an acting teacher and mentor.

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She’s 17, Sardonic and Ready to Sing in ‘Beetlejuice’ by Alexis Soloski

Condescend at your own risk to Sophia Anne Caruso, the go-to girl for adventurous stage roles. “Even from a young age,” she says, “I had very finicky taste.”

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Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘Rags Parkland’ Plays the Interplanetary Homesick Blues by Alexis Soloski

A folk concert provides the scaffolding for this stealthily moving sci-fi musical.

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Tom Stoppard, Always Tackling ‘The Hard Problem’ by Alexis Soloski

Can a drama about the nature of consciousness be emotional, too? For its latest production, he’s tinkered with the script to firmly answer yes.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Review: In This Entertaining ‘Bacchae,’ Dionysus Is a Nasty Woman by Alexis Soloski

Anne Bogart directs a flashy production that puts ancient anxieties about women and power front and center.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

The First Annual Trump Family Special review – outrageous musical can't outdo Donald by Alexis Soloski

Triad theater, New YorkThis musical parody stars Gina Gershon as Melania and is stuffed with unsubtle humour, but no parody is as shocking as the president himselfDemocracy in shambles? Why …

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Friday, September 14, 2018

A Word With: Why William Jackson Harper of ‘The Good Place’ Can’t Quit the Theater by Alexis Soloski

Mr. Harper, best known for his sitcom role, is making his debut as a playwright.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Review: In ‘The Naturalists,’ a Farm and a Family Evolve by Alexis Soloski

Fine performances elevate Jaki McCarrick’s slow-paced Irish drama, which owes a big debt to Chekhov and O’Casey.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Review: Nature and Song Bring Electricity to ‘Gospel at Colonus’ by Alexis Soloski

With its focus on exiles finding protection and outcasts earning redemption, this revival of the 1983 production feels more timely than ever.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Review: In ‘Private Peaceful,’ a Night of Memories and a Death at Dawn by Alexis Soloski

A solo show about a World War I soldier counting down the hours to his execution for cowardice.

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

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Their Latest Risk: Household Objects Playing Shakespeare by Alexis Soloski

For more than 30 years, the British troupe Forced Entertainment has been challenging audiences to imagine bigger. And sit longer.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

socializing with: George Salazar, a ‘Be More Chill’ Star, Heats Up Online by Alexis Soloski

How did an Off Broadway actor wrangle so many followers on Instagram? He hid in the bathroom.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

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

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pretty Woman review – Broadway romcom transfer is a tasteless disaster by Alexis Soloski

Nederlander Theater, New YorkThe dated gender politics of the Julia Roberts hit fail to receive an upgrade in a shallow musical that falls apart on stageTuneful, schlocky, and deeply offensi…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

He Used to Move Pianos. Now He Moves Audiences. by Alexis Soloski

Stephen Payne, a longtime understudy, gets his first Broadway starring role in “Straight White Men.”

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Review: Whimsy, Horror and Missing Bones in ‘Hunter John and Jane’ by Alexis Soloski

Two lost souls (one literally back from the afterlife) meet in a gritty city park in Amina Henry’s overstuffed but empathetic play.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Learning Lines. And Crossing Them. by Alexis Soloski

A brief (recent) history of plays, films and TV shows exploring the fraught, sometimes predatory relationship between directors and their charges.

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