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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: A Stranger, Sexier Version of ‘Peter Pan’? It’s Leonard Bernstein’s. by Alexis Soloski

In this production of J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play, Bernstein’s neglected score brings out the characters’ melancholic desires.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

12 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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Review: ‘Gone Missing,’ Now a Poignant Reminder of a Career Cut Short by Alexis Soloski

The death of the show’s composer, Michael Friedman, makes this musical about loss an accidental and indispensable elegy.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review: Mummenschanz Offers Wonder, and a Grumpy Trash Bag by Alexis Soloski

This Swiss mime troupe’s show “you & me” is like the Muppets, but heavily influenced by French surrealism and a few psychotropics.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

In This Play About Race, ‘People Need to Be Uncomfortable’ by Alexis Soloski

There have been complaints that “Fairview,” currently at Soho Rep, goes too far and complaints that it doesn’t go far enough.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

10 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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Monday, July 2, 2018

Review: ‘Conflict’ Reaches Across the Decades and the Aisle by Alexis Soloski

A play from 1925 that argues, as one character says, “for giving the best in human nature a chance.”

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

7 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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Fun Home review – Alison Bechdel's childhood trauma revisited with songs by Alexis Soloski

Circle in the Square Theater, New YorkBased on a graphic novel memoir about growing up gay in a funeral home, this smart, sophisticated Broadway musical includes one astonishing performanceF…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Sleights of Hand With Cards, Coins and a Colander by Alexis Soloski

The magicians Joshua Jay and Vitaly Beckman, both in one-man shows in Manhattan, are exploring uses of enchantment. And kitchen supplies.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Review: In ‘American Weather,’ the Heart is a Lonely Voter by Alexis Soloski

If Chris Green’s puppet theater piece is a work of political theater, it is abstract and unemotional in a time that seems anything but.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

For ‘Mary Page Marlowe,’ Six Actresses Share One Role by Alexis Soloski

They portray the title character in this play by Tracy Letts. In a conversation, they talked about their work and the production.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Review: ‘Sugar in Our Wounds’ May Make You Cry About the Past, and the Present by Alexis Soloski

This Manhattan Theater Club production, written by Donja R. Love and directed by Saheem Ali, is set in the antebellum South.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: In ‘Red Hills,’ a Guided Tour of Atrocities by Alexis Soloski

Revisiting Rwanda 20 years after the brutal genocide there, two men meet again and fact and fiction are sorted out.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

A rallying cry for acceptance: how the Tony awards brought the house down by Alexis Soloski

After last year saw Kevin Spacey making a litany of bad jokes, this year’s celebration of Broadway was a kinder affair with a theme of inclusivity throughoutHas it really only been a year …

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Review: ‘This Was the End,’ a Spectral Riff on Chekhov by Alexis Soloski

Mallory Catlett’s play, a multimedia meditation on memory and decay, imagines the characters of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” 30 or 40 years later.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Review: In ‘This Is Modern Art,’ Say It and Spray It by Alexis Soloski

This didactic play is based on actual events in Chicago, where graffiti artists tagged a major museum.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

When the ‘Mean Girls’ Were Teen Girls by Alexis Soloski

Three stars of the hit Tina Fey musical talk about their real-life high school years: the highs, the lows, the bullies and the bell bottoms.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

the 25 best american plays: The Ones We Left Behind by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Majority rule (mostly). One play per playwright. How we put together the 25 Plays list, and a bid to remember notable writers and favorite works that missed the cut.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Boys in the Band review – Broadway revival of landmark gay show is a winner by Alexis Soloski

Booth Theater, New YorkA starry cast delights in a glossy new version of the 1968 play that balances sharp wit with uncomfortable observationsSticks and stones will break your bones. Words w…

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13 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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Encounters: This Harry Potter Uses a Bow and Arrow. Not a Wand. by Alexis Soloski

Jamie Parker, who portrays the grown-up wizard in Broadway’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” repairs to the archery range on his day off.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

14 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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Review: In ‘Ding Dong It’s the Ocean,’ Seas Rise and a Party Crashes by Alexis Soloski

The play, created by Rady & Bloom, follows a celebration that goes nowhere, with nothing going according to plan.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ivanov – review by Alexis Soloski

Classic Stage Company, New YorkLast summer, at least three different Uncle Vanyas bestrode New York stages. Recent years have also witnessed fields of cherry orchards, a small flock of seagu…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: In Centuries-Spanning ‘Bump,’ It’s Always Labor Day by Alexis Soloski

Pregnancy and child birth get laughs in Chiara Atik’s sketch-comedy-inspired play.

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11 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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Monday, May 14, 2018

Review: With Help From a Gun, a ‘Twelfth Night’ Goes Dark by Alexis Soloski

The Acting Company’s production, which runs through May 27 at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, nods to violence and hits the play’s grimmer notes.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

9 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, May 9, 2018

‘Harry Potter’ Director’s 5 Influences: Kate Bush, Tennessee Williams and More by Alexis Soloski

John Tiffany regularly makes magic on stage, never more than in the Tony-nominated show. But what made him?

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Chekhov on Film: A Playwright Who’s Always Ready for His Close-Up by Alexis Soloski

When his work is adapted for the big screen, you’re liable to see everything from kangaroos in love to cutting French cheekbones.

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