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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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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

‘Who’s Your Baghdaddy’ Review: The Iraq War Set to Backpack Rap by Alexis Soloski

A musical satire reframes the origins of the invasion of Iraq as a story of bureaucratic bungles and spy games gone catastrophically wrong.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Escape Rooms in an At-Home Era? Here’s the Key by Alexis Soloski

The immersive games are reinventing for online, at-home play — which is no surprise, an industry expert said: “These folks are deeply creative, and they’re scrappy.”

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Review: ‘Crave’ Is a Timely Ticket for a World on Fire by Alexis Soloski

Sarah Kane’s 1999 play, performed live at the Chichester Festival Theater and available to stream this week, meditates on power and powerlessness, and makes specific devastation feel unive…

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‘Hamilton’ Was Just the Beginning. Hollywood Loves Broadway, Again. by Alexis Soloski

Theaters may be closed, but streamers and studios are flocking to the stage to meet the insatiable demand for content.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Review: ‘What a Carve Up!’ Is Wonderful. But Is It Theater? by Alexis Soloski

Three British companies reimagine a murder mystery for the virtual stage. Except there’s no stage, and no part of it is live.

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

David Henry Hwang’s ‘M. Butterfly’ Followup: ‘M. Turkey’ by Alexis Soloski

The goal: a comedy about mistaken racial identity inspired by protests over “Miss Saigon.” The result: a backstage farce that never got to opening night.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Halloween for Kids: Different This Year, but Still Delightful by Alexis Soloski

In New York, trick-or-treating has been curtailed, and parades called off. But there are plenty of ways to please and spook the little ones.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

‘Temping’ Is a Workplace Drama for One. You’re Hired. by Alexis Soloski

An immersive work at the Wild Project asks the sole audience member to consider the value of life while role playing as an office worker involved in calculating risk of death.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

‘Utopia’ Review: Charles L. Mee’s New Play Is a Frothy Escape by Alexis Soloski

The playwright whips up a virtual ensemble of eccentrics, but his vision feels out of step with the moment.

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The Tonys are finally coming! What do this year's nominations tell us? by Alexis Soloski

A strange year for Broadway, with fewer shows than usual eligible for major awards, has brought up an equally strange, if intriguing, set of nominees “What?” James Monroe Iglehart said. …

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Seeking Pandemic Theater? Your Call Will Be Answered Shortly by Alexis Soloski

Two immersive audio pieces, in the form of an automated phone system and a play told as recordings from a grim future, talk about trying and failing to connect with others.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

A Writer-Director-Star Breaks Through. It Only Took a Lifetime. by Alexis Soloski

Radha Blank spent years trying to impress the theater world. Now, her Sundance hit, “The Forty-Year-Old Version,” is proof that dreams don’t expire.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

10 Monologues That Make Solo Music by Ben Brantley, Laura Collins-Hughes, Jesse Green and Alexis Soloski

In a few minutes or a full show, these performers capture heartbreak, fury and laughs. For the words of Samuel Beckett, a disembodied mouth did the trick.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Review: In ‘The Journey,’ Scott Silven Tours Your Mind by Alexis Soloski

Coronavirus travel restrictions don’t prevent the mentalist from visiting your head in this hourlong online show.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

For These Shows, Take a Hike by Alexis Soloski

If you participate in a sound walk and no one is there to applaud, does it count as theater? Our critic argues that it does. Or at least that it can.

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How to Birth a New American Theater by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Laura Collins-Hughes, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Alexis Soloski

Six months dark. Thousands of artists out of work. Could this disaster have a surprise ending? Five critics on what must change, onstage and off.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

There’ll Be a Theater Season. But How and Where and When? by Alexis Soloski

Announcing stage productions, and timing, has become a matter of wishful thinking, guesswork and experimentation. Case in point: the no-show plan.

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All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre