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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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Friday, August 21, 2020

Direct from Edinburgh: Theaters Are Closed, but a ‘Zoo’ Is Open by Jesse Green, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Among the performances you can catch online are a one-woman show about sexual assault and riffs on “Heart of Darkness” and “Rocky.”

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

How I Got My Kids Into Theater: Online Shows That Put Them to Work (and Play) by Alexis Soloski

Immersive productions — from a wizardly treasure hunt to tall tales by phone or email — keep a young audience both entertained and active.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

In These Immersive Shows, the Jury Is In (Your Home) by Alexis Soloski

Sifting evidence and debating whodunit with strangers turns out to be an especially successful way for theater to be enjoyed from a laptop.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Singing, Dancing, Knife Fighting by Alexis Soloski

When actor training migrated online, our reporter gave herself two weeks to learn as many theater skills — and knife skills — as she could.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Missing Theater Under the Stars (Even the Bugs and the Rain) by Nancy Coleman, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Alexis Soloski

Shakespeare in the Park and other outdoor venues are shut. But for performers and directors, open-air memories are as sharp as the bite of a mosquito.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Line review – moving drama pays tribute to pandemic first responders by Alexis Soloski

Available online The Public’s emotive and effective hour-long play uses actors, including Lorraine Toussaint and Alison Pill, to share powerful testimonials In mid-March, when New York Cit…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Theater’s Next Act? A Show That’s All in Your Head by Alexis Soloski

Immersive theater, timed and ticketed, has arrived in virtual reality. Is this a brave new pixelated world for live performance? Or just another app?

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

‘P-Valley’ Dances to a Different Tune by Alexis Soloski

This new Starz drama is set in a strip club but “pulses with the female gaze,” said the creator, Katori Hall. Its premise is that sex work is as worthy of exploration as any other kind o…

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Review: ‘Les Blancs’ Is an Anguished Play for an Anguished Moment by Alexis Soloski

This Lorraine Hansberry play, set in the 1960s in a fictional African country, speaks incisively to the American present.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

For the Actors of ‘Take Me Out,’ a Coming-Out Party Is Postponed by Alexis Soloski

Five were slated to make their Broadway debuts. Now? They’re bunking with family, grappling with unemployment and fighting injustice.

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