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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: In ‘Spill,’ an Oil Disaster Seems Too Big for the Stage by Alexis Soloski

An impassioned and overloaded documentary drama by Leigh Fondakowski explores the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

A Word With: Robert Lepage Discusses His Origins and the ‘Autofiction’ of ‘887’ by Alexis Soloski

Looking backward and working on a smaller scale have helped the Canadian impresario find his place in the world.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Robert Lepage Goes Home Again in ‘887’ by Alexis Soloski

In his one-man show at the BAM Harvey Theater, Mr. Lepage reconstructs his childhood in 1960s Quebec City.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Brothers Joined by Fate and Furniture in ‘The Price’ by Alexis Soloski

This ardently acted revival shows Arthur Miller’s 1968 play as a smaller, more stolid work than it wants to be — still just a little out of style.

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Can Superheroes Sing? The Flash and Supergirl Give It a Whirl by Alexis Soloski

In “Duet,” the March 21 episode of “The Flash,” the two superheroes fall under the sway of a villain, the Music Meister, and fight back with songs.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Joan of Arc: Into the Fire review – David Byrne salutes martyr with rock musical by Alexis Soloski

Public Theater, New YorkDespite handsome sets and a striking performance from Jo Lampert, this take on the tragic French warrior’s life isn’t quite as wild as it should beTheatergoers sh…

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Review: ‘Villa’ Dramatizes a Plot of Chilean Land With a Dark Past by Alexis Soloski

In this play, three women try to figure out a suitable purpose for a site behind a former prison associated with Augusto Pinochet.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Glass Menagerie review – Sally Field returns to Broadway in style by Alexis Soloski

Belasco Theatre, New YorkThe Oscar winner makes an indelible impression in an unusual and effective take on Tennessee Williams’s American classicEntering the Belasco Theatre for the Broadw…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review: ‘The Outer Space’ is the Place, for an Unsettled Couple by Alexis Soloski

This new song cycle by Ethan Lipton (“No Place to Go”) imagines a relocation to a spot across the solar system.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review: ‘Nibbler,’ About the Sweet Horrors of Youth by Alexis Soloski

Ken Urban’s play blends many genres, including science fiction, sex farce and musical, in this Amoralists production about growing up in New Jersey.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: ‘The Penitent,’ a Mamet Hero Battered Like Job by Alexis Soloski

An overlay of defeat hobbles this play about a psychiatrist who refuses to testify on behalf of a patient accused of a crime.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kid Victory review – dark musical exchanges plausibility for daring themes by Alexis Soloski

Vineyard Theater, New YorkJohn Kander and Greg Pierce’s melancholy production about a teenager recovering from kidnapping, abuse and rape is an admirably offbeat effortWhat good is it sitt…

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Review: ‘If I Forget,’ Clashing Currents in Jewish Identity by Alexis Soloski

Steven Levenson’s comedy-drama explores multiple and contradictory dimensions of self-perception through its portrait of a family, the Fischers.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Evening at the Talk House review – Wallace Shawn's dark comedy plays it safe by Alexis Soloski

Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, New YorkDespite a strong performance from a perfectly cast Matthew Broderick, this play about a play doesn’t cut as deep as it shouldWallace Shawn is a pl…

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Review: In ‘A Man of Good Hope,’ a Boy Wonders if America Is His Refuge by Alexis Soloski

Asad is a refugee whose refuge keeps receding, in this music drama, directed by Mark Dornford-May, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

When Gun Violence Takes Center Stage by Alexis Soloski and Erik Piepenburg

Three writers talk about representing gun violence onstage and their own experiences with firearms.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review: A Hairy Visionary Who Has the Ruler’s Ear by Alexis Soloski

“Beardo,” the musical, is a louche, lewd and assertively weird fantasia on the life of Rasputin, now at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brooklyn.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Review: In ‘Fade,’ Outsiders Find Each Other Thanks to a TV Crime Show by Alexis Soloski

This two-character play by Tanya Saracho centers on a Mexican-born woman who comes to Los Angeles to work in TV, and an American-born man who identifies as Mexican.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

‘The Town Hall Affair’ Recreates a Feminist Firestorm by Alexis Soloski

This piece by the Wooster Group was inspired by a 1971 debate that pitted Norman Mailer against some of the most outspoken feminists of the day.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Critic’s Notebook: He Said, She Said: Gender-Bending the Presidential Debates by Alexis Soloski

“Her Opponent,” at the Provincetown Playhouse, reconsiders the 2016 campaign had the candidates’ sexes been flipped.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Streetcar Named Desire review – Gillian Anderson haunts in vital staging by Alexis Soloski

St Ann’s Warehouse, BrooklynBenedict Andrews’ poignant new staging of Tennessee Williams’s play, imported from London, feels utterly contemporaryTennessee Williams’ play has travelle…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Review: Three-Ring Dread in La MaMa’s One-Act Series by Alexis Soloski

Three plays are presented in “Author Directing Author,” by Neil LaBute, Marta Buchaca and Marco Calvani, who direct one another’s works.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: ‘Yours Unfaithfully,’ on an Open Marriage and Its Pitfalls by Alexis Soloski

In this Mint Theater production — written by Miles Malleson in 1933 but only now having its world premiere — a couple weigh the merits of polyamory.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Drama as Protest: ‘Our Complacency Is Dangerous’ by Alexis Soloski

For actors in the American premiere of Wallace Shawn’s 2015 play, much changed after the election.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review: ‘Peer Gynt’ as Punk, With Soundtrack to Match by Alexis Soloski

This updated version of Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 verse drama includes rock and pop songs as it centers on an adventurous Scandinavian lad.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Review: ‘The Oregon Trail’ Traverses Tough Terrain in Two Different Eras by Alexis Soloski

This play by Bekah Brunstetter (“Oohrah!”) follows a teenager in the 1990s through early adulthood, and a pioneer girl in the 1800s. Both are named Jane.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jitney review – August Wilson's playful and poignant drama is a triumph by Alexis Soloski

Samuel J Friedman TheatreExtraordinary performances help to bring the decorated playwright’s 1979 script to life for the first time on BroadwayThe Broadway debut of August Wilson’s Jitne…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Insult Tonya Pinkins? She Got There First. by Alexis Soloski

The actress finds herself the subject of taunts. She knows the culprit.

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Review: ‘Mope’ Examines Porn, Where a Man’s Just the Sum of His Parts by Alexis Soloski

Paul Cameron’s Hardy’s new play at the Ensemble Studio Theater focuses on two actors, one a success in pornography, the other just a journeyman player.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Review: Back in Black, in a White Snowscape, in ‘La Mélancolie des dragons’ by Alexis Soloski

Nothing much happens in this Under the Radar festival play about mellow headbangers by Philippe Quesne. But it’s a wonderful nothing.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Broadway blockbusters: why theater attendance is at an all-time high by Alexis Soloski

Box office records are being broken a theater-goers flock to popular shows – but what’s behind the sudden surge?In early January, just days after the Times Square ball had made its annua…

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