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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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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Review: ‘London Assurance’ Minds Its Manners by Alexis Soloski

A 19th-century comedy from Dion Boucicault, at the Irish Repertory Theater, showcases some delicious characters in an imperfect vehicle.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Four 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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‘One November Yankee’ Review: TV Stars on a Bumpy Flight by Alexis Soloski

Harry Hamlin and Stefanie Powers bring a measure of glamour to a patchy two-hander about three sibling pairs and one downed airplane.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Reeve Carney’s Week: Pedal Boards and Peloton Ads by Alexis Soloski

The star of “Hadestown” shares what he watched, read and listened to last weekend.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: In ‘42 FT,’ a Circus Shrunk to Fit by Alexis Soloski

At the new Cirque Mechanics show, the revolving ring, rotating ladders and spinning swings might not thrill, but the performers do.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

‘Keep’ Review: Daniel Kitson Takes Inventory by Alexis Soloski

An excursion into the Theater of Lists at St. Ann’s Warehouse proves to be both original and exasperating.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Holiday Magic: Fooled and Fooled and Fooled Again by Alexis Soloski

In its sixth year on Broadway, “The Illusionists” serves up familiar routines, but two smaller shows deliver egghead charm and brainy sleight-of-hand.

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Jagged Little Pill review – Alanis musical hits Broadway with a bang by Alexis Soloski

Broadhurst Theatre, New York Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody has brought Alanis Morissette’s music to the stage with a contrived yet hugely entertaining show When Alanis Morissette …

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Broadway in 2019: a flashy, fractured year of confused highs and lows by Alexis Soloski

There were big musicals, thoughtful political statements and big star disappointments in a disordered year of theater Broadway went to Paris this year. And to New Haven, north London, the Gu…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Best Theater of 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Shows that defied categorization offered a stark choice: Escape an angry world, or face up to its travails. Beyond Broadway, writers explored race, inequality and addiction.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Samuel D. Hunter’s Own Private Idaho by Alexis Soloski

The playwright left his home state 20 years ago. While rehearsing his new play, “Greater Clements,” he drove through the lonesome landscapes that still inspire his work.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Christmas Carol review – Dickens on Broadway is a festive tearjerker by Alexis Soloski

Lyceum Theatre, New York Jack Thorne’s Broadway transfer of the Christmas classic is sentimental but moving and boasts a host of surprises Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol has always …

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review: In ‘Love in Hate Nation,’ the Revolution Will Not Be Scrutinized by Alexis Soloski

Joe Iconis’s new musical celebrates women’s prison flicks and girl group harmonies. But his teen rebels could use a cause.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Get Ready for the Masterwork No One Has Seen by Alexis Soloski

“Fefu and Her Friends,” perhaps the finest work of the Cuban-American director and playwright María Irene Fornés, is finally getting a New York revival.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Cyrano review – Peter Dinklage sings through patchy musical update by Alexis Soloski

Daryl Roth Theatre, New York A new take on the romantic comedy boasts music from the National and a stellar turn from Glee’s Blake Jenner but there are stumbles throughout Before Peter Din…

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Review: The Big Apple Circus Still Delivers by Alexis Soloski

Sure, there’s some awkward innuendo. But that doesn’t spoil the annual thrill of seeing a troupe so effortlessly diverse, international and adept.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Review: ‘A Woman of the World’ Dwells in Possibility by Alexis Soloski

Rebecca Gilman’s one-woman show stars Kathleen Chalfant as Mabel Loomis Todd, who burnished herself with Emily Dickinson’s celebrity.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Review: In ‘Monsoon Season,’ a Marital Squall Turns Ugly by Alexis Soloski

Bad things happen to bad people in Lizzie Vieh’s comedy, set in Arizona, about a couple who break up, crack up and make up.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

‘What If They Went to Moscow?’ Review: Chekhov, Sliced and Spliced by Alexis Soloski

Christiane Jatahy’s surgical adaptation of “Three Sisters” takes the audience from stage to screen.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Think He’s a Jerk? Then He’s Doing His Job by Alexis Soloski

As the self-involved, self-lacerating womanizer in the play “Linda Vista,” Ian Barford aims to offer the audience just enough reasons not to give up on him.

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