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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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Friday, June 19, 2020

Juilliard’s Secret Weapon Keeps Actors on Their Toes by Alexis Soloski

Moni Yakim has taught movement at Juilliard since 1968. A new film captures his impact on scores of actors. “He’s not a coddler,” says Jessica Chastain.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

No Tony Awards Show? Make Your Own With These Great Moments. by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Michael Paulson, Alexis Soloski, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Eric Grode

Miranda’s rap. Rylance’s poems. Jackman’s pelvis. And a brassy reunion for Bea Arthur and Angela Lansbury. Now set your clock for “Turkey Lurkey Time.”

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Is the Hand Quicker Than the Zoom Window? by Alexis Soloski

With theaters and nightclubs closed, magicians have pivoted to remote performance. Can your screen be a place of enchantment?

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Is This a Livestream I See Before Me? by Alexis Soloski

All the world with an internet connection has suddenly become a stage. A lot of those stages have programmed Shakespeare.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

For Your Ears Only: Broadway’s New Stage Is a Mic by Alexis Soloski

With theaters shuttered, a host of audio dramas and musicals have popped up, and actors are honing a skill: creating characters with just their voices.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

A Cast Album I Love: ‘The Secret Garden’ by Alexis Soloski

We continue our cast album series with more recommendations for wonderful musicals to listen to at home.

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Broadway Adjourns, but the ‘Sing Street’ Band Plays On by Alexis Soloski

How does a two-and-a-half-hour show become a half-hour online event? Deliberately, haltingly, and with a few technical glitches.

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Apple Family’s Checking In on Zoom. You’re Invited, Too. by Alexis Soloski

Richard Nelson’s new play, “What Do We Need to Talk About?” will be performed online, but live, restoring some of theater’s ephemerality.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

'This moment is all about adapting': what happens when your play gets cancelled by Alexis Soloski

Hillary Bettis’s immigration drama 72 Miles to Go … was one of many off-Broadway shows that didn’t make it to the stage after the Covid-19 outbreak, leaving the playwright ‘heartbrok…

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

There’s No Place Like Home (Theater) by Alexis Soloski

With real theaters closed, our critic unlocked handcuffs, tried to land a plane and accidentally scalded herself, all while attempting immersive performances from her Brooklyn apartment.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Little Did I Know: how a Broadway-aiming musical became a hit podcast by Alexis Soloski

An accomplished group of creatives have turned a musical into a new podcast at a time when theater fans need it the most “Nothing can replace the thrill of a great musical live on stage,…

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Watch the Stage Version of ‘Fleabag’ on Amazon Video by Alexis Soloski

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s solo stage show comes to Amazon to raise money for the arts and health care charities.

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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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