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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hard Truths or Easy Targets? Confronting the Summer of Trump Onstage by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Alexis Soloski

Theater has quickly taken on the Trump presidency. Whether what’s onstage can change minds or spark action is open to debate.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

A Word With: For Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer, a Last Romance by Alexis Soloski

With “Cymbeline,” the troupe’s founder has now directed the canon.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review: Tina Howe’s New Englanders Thrash in the Shallows of ‘Singing Beach’ by Alexis Soloski

This play toggles between a seaside family in crisis and a 10-year-old girl’s dreams of a nautical adventure with her grandfather.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: In Two Israeli Plays, the Promise of Peace Keeps Receding by Alexis Soloski

“To the End of the Land” and “Yitzhak Rabin: Chronicle of an Assassination,” staged at the Lincoln Center Festival, underscore the elusiveness of concord.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Critic's Notebook: In the Hudson Valley, Shakespeare as Man, Myth and Drinking Buddy by Alexis Soloski

Lauren Gunderson’s “The Book of Will,” making part of its rolling world premiere, finds drama in family relationships and Renaissance publishing.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

‘You Create That Chemistry’: How Actors Fall in Instant Love by Alexis Soloski

The foursome of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” talk trust, lust and the art of stage kissing.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

David Mamet Doesn’t Want to Hear From You. Do Other Playwrights? by Alexis Soloski

Tedious or contentious, the post-show discussion has become part of the theater landscape. Given a choice, would other writers issue a gag order?

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Critic's Notebook: This Podcast Is a Love Story, for Your Ears Only by Alexis Soloski

The new podcast “36 Questions” sets a standard for the future of musical theater.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Review: ‘Death of a Salesman,’ Diluted by Too Many Experiments by Alexis Soloski

It’s almost always a good time to resurrect Willy Loman, Arthur Miller’s desperate Everyman, but Theater Mitu’s staging at BAM Fisher saps the play’s power.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Hamlet review – Oscar Isaac shines in off-beat reimagining … with mud wrestling by Alexis Soloski

Anspacher theater, New YorkDirector Sam Gold finds more theatric bullion with his topsy turvy version of Hamlet that refuses to be hemmed in by tradition or – at times – sartorial tasteA…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Oscar Isaac’s Mom Died. Now He’s Working Out His Grief in ‘Hamlet.’ by Alexis Soloski

Mr. Isaac’s film career is thriving. But this summer, he is starring as Shakespeare’s tortured prince.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: ‘Me the People,’ a Spangled Satire of a President Beyond Parody by Alexis Soloski

This cabaret at the Triad offers broad sendups of President Trump for the two-drink-minimum crowd, but it’s hard to be farcical when real life is so bizarre.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: ‘In a Word’ Grapples With Loss and Language by Alexis Soloski

In Lauren Yee’s play, the disappearance of a child short-circuits language and takes over reality itself. But it can be survived.

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‘Will’ on TNT: A Punk-Rock Shakespeare, Striving and Stage-Diving in the Big City by Alexis Soloski

“Will,” which features the playwright in his formative years, is heavy on the tattoos and piercings.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: ‘(Not) Water’ Offers Too Much to Drink In by Alexis Soloski

This Sheila Callaghan play, intermittently immersive, struggles under the weight of its ambitions.

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Review: ‘Invincible’ Brings Class and Conflict to the Party by Alexis Soloski

This Torben Betts play, a comedy set in northern England, skewers working class narrow-mindedness and liberal condescension.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Critic's Notebook: Groundbreaking TV About Female Desire, Thanks to Playwrights by Alexis Soloski

Annie Baker and Heidi Schreck wrote an episode of Amazon’s “I Love Dick” that our critic calls the best 20 minutes of television she has seen in years.

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Heisenberg review – Mary-Louise Parker charms as romance and physics collide by Alexis Soloski

New York City Center Stage IICan an affair between a middle-aged woman and an older man be explored through science? Simon Stephens springs some surprises, though his play is not entirely cr…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

House of bad jokes: Kevin Spacey wins the Tony award for worst host by Alexis Soloski

The House of Cards actor offered outdated Johnny Carson impressions, a Bobby Darin number and a misfiring gag about Hillary Clinton’s emails on a night of occasional shock and unforgivable…

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Dear Evan Hansen review – sentimental high-school musical that should go viral by Alexis Soloski

Second Stage TheatrePop score and outcast protagonist hit all the right notes as Benj Pasek and Justin Paul production explores intense issues – and critiques internet culture Can a perfor…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: ‘Somebody’s Daughter,’ High-Achieving but Hungry for Guidance by Alexis Soloski

Chisa Hutchinson’s portrait of a Chinese-American girl and her college admissions counselor is energetic but overstuffed.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review: ‘Maps for a War Tourist,’ Rewritten by a Real Tragedy by Alexis Soloski

The experimental troupe Sister Sylvester reworked its script after the subject of this play, a young Turkish woman, was killed in Syria.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Holler if Ya Hear Me review – all eyez on the exit by Alexis Soloski

This Broadway musical inspired by Tupac has some exhilarating dance numbers. If only we could care about the charactersPour one out for Holler if Ya Hear Me, the dead-on-arrival Broadway juk…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Review: Rom-Com as Ritual in ‘The Art of Luv (Part 5)’ by Alexis Soloski

Video clips, incense and guided meditation are mashed up in Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble’s offbeat exploration of courtship in the age of the app.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rebecca Hall and Morgan Spector: Together, Onstage and Off by Alexis Soloski

They met while cast in the same play, married, and now appear together again, in “Animal,” which opens at Atlantic Stage 2.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Diversity on stage: who's afraid of color-blind casting? by Alexis Soloski

The decision of Edward Albee’s estate to deny production rights over the casting choice of a black actor has reignited a debate over theater’s relationship with raceLast week, a casting …

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Recalling an Electric New York in ‘Radicals in Miniature’ by Alexis Soloski

Ain Gordon’s messy, heartbreaking show is both eulogy and autobiography, capturing the exciting and ungentrified city he knew in the 1970s.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Derren Brown: Secret review – illusionist's US debut bamboozles and baffles by Alexis Soloski

Atlantic Theater, New YorkA show filled with masterful mind-reading and nifty tricks successfully announces the celebrated mentalist’s stateside arrival off-BroadwayDon’t lie to Derren B…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: ‘She’ Brings Stories of Sexual Violence to the Stage by Alexis Soloski

In this work written and choreographed by Jinah Parker, women detail their harrowing stories as female dancers swirl around them.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Critic's Notebook: ‘All the President’s Men?’ Is a Starry C-Span Supercut with Bite by Alexis Soloski

A staged reading at Town Hall revisited confirmation hearings for President Trump’s cabinet nominees, with charismatic stars as the politicians.

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Why are traditional plays struggling to attract crowds on Broadway? by Alexis Soloski

As musicals continue to break records, straight plays are struggling – with Sally Field-starring The Glass Menagerie the latest casualty of the seasonTom, the narrator of Tennessee William…

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