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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Review: ‘Belfast Girls’ Set Sail, but This Isn’t a Pleasure Cruise by Alexis Soloski

A historical drama revisits a 19th-century scheme in which Irish girls of “good character” were encouraged to immigrate to Australia.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

‘Islander’ Review: Two Young Women Lost and Found at Sea by Alexis Soloski

This gentle musical, a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, combines Scottish folklore and live looping technology.

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With the Volt Festival, the Playwright Karen Hartman Comes Home by Alexis Soloski

59E59 Theaters is putting a spotlight on a midcareer artist whose work has seldom been seen locally.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

A 9-Hour Play? Sit, Eat, Drink, Even Fall Asleep to ‘One Night.’ by Alexis Soloski

Target Margin Theater stages an enchanting riff on “One Thousand and One Nights” inside an old Brooklyn garage. Tea and pastries included, blankets welcome.

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With her ‘Dana H.’ nomination, Deirdre O’Connell recalls a ‘spiritual practice.’ by Alexis Soloski

Lucas Hnath’s play brought the invaluable Off Broadway performer her first Tony Award nomination.

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Patti LuPone on ‘Company,’ Sondheim and a Heartbreaking Journey by Alexis Soloski

How did the actress feel after receiving her eighth Tony nomination? “I don’t know. I just woke up. It feels great.”

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Paula Vogel on ‘How I Learned to Drive’ Tony Nominations: ‘I’m Just Thrilled’ by Alexis Soloski

Twenty-five years after it was a hit Off Broadway, the playwright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work debuted on Broadway this season.

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Friday, May 6, 2022

‘Into the Woods’ Review: Some Enchanted Evening by Alexis Soloski

Sara Bareilles and Neil Patrick Harris lead a starry Encores! revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s sweet-sour musical.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Macbeth review – Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga soar but there’s magic missing by Alexis Soloski

Longacre Theater, New York Sam Gold’s inventively staged take on the classic tragedy has its moments but there’s something missing at the centre For tragedy to really tear your heart out…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Break a Leg but Never Whistle: How Stage Superstitions Live On by Alexis Soloski

The return of the Scottish play (that’s “Macbeth” to the rest of you) is a reminder of the idiosyncratic rituals and routines that bring actors comfort.

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Monday, April 25, 2022

‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ Review: A Party for the End of the World by Alexis Soloski

Thornton Wilder’s antic play, from 1942, packs in an ice age, a deluge and midcentury décor. This Lincoln Center production is the maximalist revival it deserves.

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Minutes review – Tracy Letts delivers a biting American allegory by Alexis Soloski

The playwright also stars in his latest Broadway production, a dark-hued drama about a town council meeting Is there anything more American than a town council meeting? It’s apple pie, bas…

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

American Buffalo review – David Mamet returns to Broadway with a thud by Alexis Soloski

Circle on the Square Theatre, New York Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell bring star power to this umpteenth revival but there’s a staleness they struggle to overcome How funny to think t…

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Laurence Fishburne Cools Down With Classic Jazz and Cashmere Blankets by Alexis Soloski

The actor is back on Broadway for a revival of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo.” He discusses his other must-haves, like a chef’s knife, trampolines and crystals.

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Review: In ‘Chasing Andy Warhol,’ Street Theater Goes Pop by Alexis Soloski

From Bated Breath Theater Company, the antics of this show, which winds through the East Village, offer little insight into Andy Warhol or his work.

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Monday, March 28, 2022

Plaza Suite review – Sarah Jessica Parker sells Neil Simon’s marriage comedy by Alexis Soloski

Hudson Theatre, New York Sex and the City star plays well opposite her husband Matthew Broderick in an overlong triptych of bitter relationship tales A junior suite at the Plaza Hotel will r…

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Review: In Stefano Massini’s ‘7 Minutes,’ It’s Make or Break by Alexis Soloski

The author of “The Lehman Trilogy” sets his new work in a fictional textiles factory, where workers debate in real time the new owners’ demands.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Debra Messing Can Age Easily in ‘Birthday Candles.’ It’s Baking That’s Hard. by Alexis Soloski

An actress with an obsessive work ethic, Messing is learning to make a cake onstage in “Birthday Candles” on Broadway.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

For ‘Take Me Out,’ Jesse Williams Trades Scrubs for Cleats by Alexis Soloski

The former “Grey’s Anatomy” star is making his Broadway debut in “Take Me Out.” For that, he said, “I needed to go into a very unknown place.”

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Dominique Morisseau Asks: ‘What Does Freedom Look Like Now?’ by Alexis Soloski

Her new play, “Confederates,” straddles two eras, exploring what liberation means to a present-day academic and an enslaved woman in the 1860s.

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Friday, February 25, 2022

‘Driven by the Potential for Joy’: Comedies Are the Thing This Spring by Alexis Soloski

We spoke to four playwrights — JC Lee, Charly Evon Simpson, Bryna Turner and Ana Nogueira — whose new shows invite audiences to laugh (even if some laughs catch in the throat).

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Daniel Isaac, 'Billions' Actor, Cedes the Spotlight While Quietly Commanding It by Alexis Soloski

Daniel K. Isaac, a theater actor with a steady gig on the series “Billions,” is appearing at the Public in Lloyd Suh’s play “The Chinese Lady.”

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

‘Writing a Trauma Play Makes Me Want to Dry Heave’ by Alexis Soloski

The playwright Sanaz Toossi on her two comedies about Iranian women, both debuting this season: “English” and “Wish You Were Here.”

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Review: A ‘Merchant of Venice’ That Doubles Down on Pain by Alexis Soloski

John Douglas Thompson stars in Arin Arbus’s caustic and assertive new production of the Shakespeare play.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

‘Sleep No More’ Awakens After a Long Hibernation by Alexis Soloski

The pandemic has reshaped aspects of the show, which reopens Feb. 14, but its once and future influence on the theatrical life of the city remains undeniable.

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Friday, January 21, 2022

Review: ‘Addressless’ Is on the Streets and in Your Home by Alexis Soloski

This hybrid of theater and game asks us to consider homelessness empathetically but can’t overcome the friction between education and entertainment.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Review: In ‘Whisper House,’ the Living Are the Pawns of the Dead by Alexis Soloski

A lighthouse keeper, the nephew living with her and a Japanese employee are on alert for U-boats and graver threats in this chamber musical set in 1942.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

Bridget Everett Shows Off Her Softer Side in 'Somebody Somewhere' by Alexis Soloski

“Somebody Somewhere,” a bittersweet comedy on HBO, will likely surprise viewers who know Everett as a self-proclaimed “cabaret wildebeest.”

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Clare Barron on ‘Shhhh’ and How Playwriting Is Her ‘Kink of Exhibitionism’ by Alexis Soloski

The playwright says her semi-autobiographical works, including her new play for Atlantic Theater Company, help to provide a measure of clarity about painful experiences.

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Monday, January 3, 2022

The Virus Is Surging. Avant-Garde Arts Festivals Are Closing. by Alexis Soloski

Under the Radar, Prototype and the Exponential Festival, annual January beacons of experimental work, have canceled their in-person offerings.

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