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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The House of Cards actor offered outdated Johnny Carson impressions, a Bobby Darin number and a misfiring gag about Hillary Clinton’s emails on a night of occasional shock and unforgivable…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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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Denée Benton, Tony Nominee, Embraces Her Inner Natasha by Alexis Soloski

Ms. Benton, a star of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” talks about proving that women who look like her can play the girl who saves the day.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: Could a Long-Gone Antarctic Explorer Be Mr. Right? by Alexis Soloski

‘Ernest Shackleton Loves Me’ raises a trekker from the dead as a heartthrob in this spunky new musical.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review: A Search for Dad, and the Loch Ness Monster, in ‘Fossils’ by Alexis Soloski

In this collaborative work by the company Bucket Club, a sighting of the mythical monster forces an evolutionary biologist to confront her unhappy past.

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Tony awards 2017: big stars dominate nominations while surprising snubs sting by Alexis Soloski

Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett and Kevin Kline provide some A-list glamour for this year’s nominations, but there’s no love for Amélie and Significant OtherAt the Tony awards this year, a…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Doll’s House, Part 2 review – sophisticated sequel offers vibrancy and wit by Alexis Soloski

Golden Theater, New YorkLaurie Metcalf gives a thrilling performance in a speculative follow-up to Henrik Ibsen’s defining 1879 masterworkThere are sofa plays and dinner table plays. Plays…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: Singing and Dancing the Postwar Blues in ‘Bandstand’ by Alexis Soloski

Laura Osnes and Corey Cott star in a new Broadway musical, set in 1945, about a musician, a singer, trauma and healing.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Shakespeare for the Very Young (Sheep Ears Included) by Alexis Soloski

“In a Pickle,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is “The Winter’s Tale” for 2- through 5-year-olds. More emphasis on the sheep, less on the scary stuff.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Hello, Dolly! review – Bette Midler is irresistible in a riotous delight by Alexis Soloski

Shubert theatre, New York Even if the shtick is predictable, Midler – paired with David Hyde Pierce – shines in an exhaustingly energetic revival of the 1964 musical comedyBefore our ben…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, Swapping Parts in ‘The Little Foxes’ by Alexis Soloski

This nimble revival of Lillian Hellman’s 1939 drama features Ms. Linney and Ms. Nixon in alternating roles of Southern womanhood.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: ‘It Will All Work Out’ Banishes Worry With Razzle-Dazzle by Alexis Soloski

Chris Wells’s chatty, memoirish show at Dixon Place combines outrageous fashion and original songs.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review: Derek DelGaudio Sets Himself Apart From the Abracadabra Crowd by Alexis Soloski

This magician’s “In & Of Itself” is a solo show about how we see ourselves and how others see us.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Review: In ‘Circus 1903,’ a Littler Big Top Still Offers Some Thrills by Alexis Soloski

Daydream yourselves back to the golden age of circus at Madison Square Garden. It hardly matter that the conceit doesn’t always work.

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