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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Missing the Theater? Trade Playbills for These Novels by Alexis Soloski and Laura Collins-Hughes

Two theater critics suggest some of their favorite books about the theater, giving us portals to a world that is now forbidden.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Has Your Dystopian Play Come in Handy? by Alexis Soloski

These nine playwrights spent years dreaming up cataclysms and plagues. Did that prepare them for the current crisis? Sometimes.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

At a Murder Mystery Weekend, Whodunit? Everyone by Alexis Soloski

A critic disguised as an actress who is also a suspect in the death of the Great Merlini. Her team didn’t use “Cats” to break the case, though.

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Broadway in a garage: the clumsy pleasures of Rosie O'Donnell's star-studded livestream by Alexis Soloski

A host of big names, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sarah Jessica Parker, took part in a self-congratulatory yet oddly charming YouTube-based revue On Sunday night, Rosie O’Donnell hoste…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

'His songs are like a fabulous steak': an all-star toast to Stephen Sondheim by Interviews By Chris Wiegand and Alexis Soloski

From West Side Story to Company, he revolutionised the musical. As the supreme lyricist and composer turns 90, Jake Gyllenhaal, Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, Nathan Lane and more pay tribute C…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

When a Pandemic Arrives at the Playhouse Door by Alexis Soloski

From the bubonic plague to the AIDS crisis, theater and public health have a long history of shaping each other, our critic writes.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Six review – Henry VIII's wives bring empty pop spectacle to Broadway by Alexis Soloski

Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York A flashy, concert-style musical offers some virtuosic performances but also a rather shallow take on female empowerment The ladies are making it reign. In h…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Girl from the North Country review: Conor McPherson's grim, ravishing Bob Dylan musical by Alexis Soloski

Belasco Theater, New York The acclaimed playwright has used the songbook of Bob Dylan to create an overstuffed yet often transcendent 30s-set Broadway show Overstuffed, often hollow, and for…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Review: In ‘Sideways: The Experience,’ Bros Run Amok in Wine Country by Alexis Soloski

The stage adaptation of Rex Pickett’s novel about two friends on a last-hurrah wine tour preserves the white male wish fulfillment of the original.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

‘All the Natalie Portmans’ Review: An Imaginary Friend With an Oscar by Alexis Soloski

C.A. Johnson’s play stars Kara Young in a full-body, whole-heart, tensed-muscle performance.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Review: In ‘Anatomy of a Suicide,’ Pain in Triplicate by Alexis Soloski

Alice Birch’s cleareyed and comfortless play follows three generations of women tethered to life by the thinnest possible filament.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Review: ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’? Nothing to Be Scared Of by Alexis Soloski

Classic Stage Company is running adaptations of two 19th-century horror classics in repertory. Don’t let that frighten you.

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'The violence should be tangible' – Ivo van Hove on roughing up West Side Story by Alexis Soloski

Songs have been dropped, dance routines booted out and the street-fights look nasty. This is a West Side Story for the Trump era, says the avant-garde superstar director Ivo van Hove likes i…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

‘Fragments’ Review: Guest Lectures from a Famed Professor by Alexis Soloski

Berkeley’s Judith Butler is the star attraction in a stimulating if overlong performance piece by her fellow academic Alexandra Chasin.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Carla Gugino: 'Sexuality is a primal part of who we are but it's been misused' by Alexis Soloski

The star of Jett and Sin City is back on stage in Alice Birch’s raw Anatomy of a Suicide. She talks about the play’s emotional toll, how she unwinds and American puritanism Carla Gugino …

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Review: Chekhov and Tolstoy Reunited in ‘Love Stories’ by Alexis Soloski

The Mint Theater Company pairs stage adaptations of short stories by the 19th-century Russian authors. They mesh like mismatched matryoshka dolls.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Michael Friedman Left Behind a Musical. They’re Finishing It. by Alexis Soloski

“Unknown Soldier,” one of the last projects the beloved composer and lyricist worked on before he died, is coming to New York.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice review – swinging 60s musical avoids revolution by Alexis Soloski

The Pershing Square Signature Center, New York Despite the presence of a sublime Suzanne Vega, a cheery musical adaptation of the 1969 movie about two couples is too unsure of itself Ten tho…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Review: Dan Hoyle’s ‘Border People’ Blurs Lines by Alexis Soloski

This work of documentary theater feels like a master class. But what is it meant to teach?

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Review: In ‘Goodnight Nobody,’ a Getaway Goes Awry by Alexis Soloski

Haunted by Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” Rachel Bonds’s restless and friable play gathers a group of mostly artists at a lakeside retreat.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Mission Impawsible: How Much ‘Cats’ Can a Person Take? by Alexis Soloski

The assignment: Head to Boston to see the touring stage show and the movie musical all in one day. The result: a purr, a yowl or both?

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

‘How to Load a Musket’ Review: A Play About Re-enactors Gets Real by Alexis Soloski

Talene Monahon’s show at 59E59 Theaters feels provocative but unfinished, a pieced quilt of overlapping textures and ideas.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

On TV’s New Musicals, Every Episode Is Opening Night by Alexis Soloski

Television is in love with musical shows, with “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” and “Katy Keene” joining the growing chorus this winter. But they’re not easy to pull off.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

A Séance Relies on Illusion. So Does Theater. by Alexis Soloski

E.S.P. Conjuring the dead. Speaking with them. Shows like “The Thin Place” and “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord” use the occult to put on a show.

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17 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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Broadway in 2020: big stars, big revivals and that Michael Jackson musical by Alexis Soloski

After another smash hit year at the box office, the next 12 months promises more of the same ... with added controversy The lights are bright on Broadway. Blinding even. With 35 plays and mu…

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Simon Stone Faced the Unthinkable. He Thinks You Should Too. by Alexis Soloski

After a family tragedy, the Australian director found a home in the theater, creating harrowing updates of classics. His latest: “Medea” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

4 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, December 18, 2019

Review: ‘The Sorceress’ Casts a Charming Spell in Yiddish by Alexis Soloski

Now playing at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the 19th-century operetta is a fairy tale confection you can feel right down to your kishkes.

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The Show Must Go On, and On, and On by Alexis Soloski

Forget the finale. After the curtain call now comes the megamix, the last dance, the group hymn — whatever it takes to turn an entertainment into an event.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Sing Street review – hit film heads to the stage with something missing by Alexis Soloski

New York Theatre Workshop, New York An adaptation of the 2016 comedy is charming and well-performed but so slight that it fades from the memory fast I left Sing Street, the new musical from …

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