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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: Warming Up to the Frozen North in ‘Alaxsxa / Alaska’ by Alexis Soloski

Ping Chong creates a deceptively warm multimedia production about a very cold place.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Critic’s Notebook: Making Shakespeare Their Own, Serious and Silly by Alexis Soloski

Two productions that draw on the Bard: an “As You Like It” with echoes of the refugee crisis and a goofy musical based on “Measure for Measure.” In this case, fun wins.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

A Eugene O’Neill Marathon: 1 Actor, 1 Script, 5 Hours by Alexis Soloski

David Greenspan has been rehearsing his solo take on the epic “Strange Interlude” for four years. Now it’s show time.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Review: In ‘Clockwork Orange,’ the Future is Dark and Very Fit by Alexis Soloski

This adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s word-drunk fantasy is notable less for its violent themes than for its often-shirtless cast.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: Beckett’s Absurdist House of Horrors, in Hell’s Kitchen by Alexis Soloski

“Beckett in the City: The Women Speak” powerfully articulates a theme of powerlessness in four short plays staged at a secret location near the Irish Arts Center.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Tennis Onstage: Game, Set and Watch by Alexis Soloski

Five plays that transported the drama and comedy of the game from the court to the theater.

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They Can Act. But Can They Serve? by Alexis Soloski

Getting in character for “The Last Match,” the cast gets a tennis lesson from a former pro before taking the stage.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: A Priceless Violin, a Cut-Rate Caper by Alexis Soloski

Loosely inspired by a true story, Dan McCormick’s play “The Violin” follows a lost Stradivarius that falls into greedy hands.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review: In ‘Oh My Sweet Land,’ Dinner Is Served. Don’t Come Hungry. by Alexis Soloski

Set in a real home, an unnamed woman cooks while she relates piercing tales about the horrors in Syria.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: The Beasts Have Arrived, in a Yiddish ‘Rhinoceros’ by Alexis Soloski

The New Yiddish Rep production revisits Ionesco’s absurdist story about ordinary people seduced by fascist overtures.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Word With: Elizabeth McGovern of ‘Downton Abbey’ Plays a Bad Mom This Time by Alexis Soloski

The actress is back to starring as an Edwardian matriarch in “Time and the Conways,” which begins performances on Sept. 14 in New York.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Review: ‘As You Like It’ Creates a Sanctuary City in Central Park by Alexis Soloski

This free production from Public Works includes more than 200 amateur performers and looks as diverse, busy and vital as New York City itself.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Stage fright: the Hollywood stars who bombed on Broadway by Alexis Soloski

As Denzel Washington reveals a return to the stage, which actors are less likely to make a comeback after poor reviews and an underwhelming box office?Earlier this week, producers announced …

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hard Truths or Easy Targets? Confronting the Summer of Trump Onstage by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Alexis Soloski

Theater has quickly taken on the Trump presidency. Whether what’s onstage can change minds or spark action is open to debate.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

A Word With: For Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer, a Last Romance by Alexis Soloski

With “Cymbeline,” the troupe’s founder has now directed the canon.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review: Tina Howe’s New Englanders Thrash in the Shallows of ‘Singing Beach’ by Alexis Soloski

This play toggles between a seaside family in crisis and a 10-year-old girl’s dreams of a nautical adventure with her grandfather.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: In Two Israeli Plays, the Promise of Peace Keeps Receding by Alexis Soloski

“To the End of the Land” and “Yitzhak Rabin: Chronicle of an Assassination,” staged at the Lincoln Center Festival, underscore the elusiveness of concord.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Critic's Notebook: In the Hudson Valley, Shakespeare as Man, Myth and Drinking Buddy by Alexis Soloski

Lauren Gunderson’s “The Book of Will,” making part of its rolling world premiere, finds drama in family relationships and Renaissance publishing.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

‘You Create That Chemistry’: How Actors Fall in Instant Love by Alexis Soloski

The foursome of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” talk trust, lust and the art of stage kissing.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

David Mamet Doesn’t Want to Hear From You. Do Other Playwrights? by Alexis Soloski

Tedious or contentious, the post-show discussion has become part of the theater landscape. Given a choice, would other writers issue a gag order?

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Critic's Notebook: This Podcast Is a Love Story, for Your Ears Only by Alexis Soloski

The new podcast “36 Questions” sets a standard for the future of musical theater.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Review: ‘Death of a Salesman,’ Diluted by Too Many Experiments by Alexis Soloski

It’s almost always a good time to resurrect Willy Loman, Arthur Miller’s desperate Everyman, but Theater Mitu’s staging at BAM Fisher saps the play’s power.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Hamlet review – Oscar Isaac shines in off-beat reimagining … with mud wrestling by Alexis Soloski

Anspacher theater, New YorkDirector Sam Gold finds more theatric bullion with his topsy turvy version of Hamlet that refuses to be hemmed in by tradition or – at times – sartorial tasteA…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Oscar Isaac’s Mom Died. Now He’s Working Out His Grief in ‘Hamlet.’ by Alexis Soloski

Mr. Isaac’s film career is thriving. But this summer, he is starring as Shakespeare’s tortured prince.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: ‘Me the People,’ a Spangled Satire of a President Beyond Parody by Alexis Soloski

This cabaret at the Triad offers broad sendups of President Trump for the two-drink-minimum crowd, but it’s hard to be farcical when real life is so bizarre.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: ‘In a Word’ Grapples With Loss and Language by Alexis Soloski

In Lauren Yee’s play, the disappearance of a child short-circuits language and takes over reality itself. But it can be survived.

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‘Will’ on TNT: A Punk-Rock Shakespeare, Striving and Stage-Diving in the Big City by Alexis Soloski

“Will,” which features the playwright in his formative years, is heavy on the tattoos and piercings.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: ‘(Not) Water’ Offers Too Much to Drink In by Alexis Soloski

This Sheila Callaghan play, intermittently immersive, struggles under the weight of its ambitions.

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Review: ‘Invincible’ Brings Class and Conflict to the Party by Alexis Soloski

This Torben Betts play, a comedy set in northern England, skewers working class narrow-mindedness and liberal condescension.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Critic's Notebook: Groundbreaking TV About Female Desire, Thanks to Playwrights by Alexis Soloski

Annie Baker and Heidi Schreck wrote an episode of Amazon’s “I Love Dick” that our critic calls the best 20 minutes of television she has seen in years.

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Heisenberg review – Mary-Louise Parker charms as romance and physics collide by Alexis Soloski

New York City Center Stage IICan an affair between a middle-aged woman and an older man be explored through science? Simon Stephens springs some surprises, though his play is not entirely cr…

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