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Sunday, June 16, 2024

‘Stereophonic’ Wins the Tony Award for Best New Play by Alexis Soloski

It was the fifth award of the night for the production, a meditation on the joy and torture of creative collaboration.

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Ariana DeBose, Tonys Host, Just Might Be the Busiest Woman on Broadway by Alexis Soloski

Back in New York City after filming a movie, the actress has been racing to shows while also rehearsing for Sunday night’s ceremony.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Public Theater Takes Shakespeare in the Park Out on the Town by Alexis Soloski

The Delacorte Theater is being renovated, so a musical version of “The Comedy of Errors” is touring some of the city’s outdoor spaces.

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Kelli O’Hara’s Ties to Opera, From ‘The Gilded Age’ to the Met Stage by Alexis Soloski

O’Hara is an unusual kind of triple threat: a star of Broadway and television who is appearing at the Metropolitan Opera in a revival of “The Hours.”

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Tony Nominations 2024: Biggest Snubs and Surprises by Jesse Green, Alexis Soloski and Scott Heller

It was a strong year for female directors, a play featuring music and American productions.

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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Review: Jessica Lange Stars in Paula Vogel’s ‘Mother Play’ by Alexis Soloski

Jessica Lange stars as a ferocious matriarch alongside Celia Keenan-Bolger and Jim Parsons in Vogel’s latest family drama.

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Monday, April 22, 2024

How ‘Stereophonic’ Made Musicians Out of Actors by Alexis Soloski

The new Broadway play conjures a group as dazzling as peak Fleetwood Mac. This is how five actors with limited training (one never held a bass) became rock stars.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Christopher Durang, Playwright Who Mixed High Art and Low Humor, Dies at 75 by Alexis Soloski

In a career spanning more than 40 years, he established himself as a hyperliterate jester and an anarchic clown.

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Monday, April 1, 2024

Madonna and Barbra Are Fans. Broadway, Meet Lempicka. by Alexis Soloski

A new musical aims to restore the reputation, in life and art, of the ambitious yet undervalued painter Tamara de Lempicka.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Jacqueline Woodson’s ‘The Other Side and ‘Show Way’ Go to BAM by Alexis Soloski

A dance performance of “The Other Side” and a musical adaptation of “Show Way” head to the Brooklyn stage for young audiences.

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Monday, February 26, 2024

Review: Fiasco Theater’s ‘Pericles,’ the Cruise of a Lifetime by Alexis Soloski

If Fiasco Theater has mixed results in its production of this Shakespearean tragicomedy, it celebrates actors supporting and delighting in one another’s work.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

‘Water for Elephants’ Brings the Circus to Broadway by Alexis Soloski and Peter Fisher

Based on the 2006 novel by Sara Gruen, the musical follows a young man who hops a train and falls in with a ragtag, traveling group of entertainers.

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Tobias Menzies on ‘The Crown’ and His Role in ‘The Hunt’ by Alexis Soloski

The British actor excels at playing reserve, and what roils beneath, on “The Crown.” And now he brings that stoicism to “The Hunt,” onstage in Brooklyn.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

The Vocal Coach Who Keeps Broadway (and Patti LuPone) in Tune by Alexis Soloski

“She saved my career,” Patti LuPone said of this indispensable vocal therapist and coach whose clients include Madonna and Billy Porter.

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Sunday, January 14, 2024

With ‘Mean Girls,’ When Trailers Hit Mute on the Musical by Alexis Soloski

With “Mean Girls,” “Wonka” and “The Color Purple,” why have studios spent much of their marketing budget downplaying and disguising their movie musicals?

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Thursday, January 4, 2024

Edge of the aisle seat: the case of the theatre critic who becomes a sleuth by Alexis Soloski

Countless nights spent reviewing plays informed Here in the Dark, a novel of psychological suspense in which critical faculties are essential to solving a real-life drama My first profession…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

At a Revamped Under the Radar, New York Greets a ‘Global Downtown’ by Alexis Soloski

No longer at the Public, the annual celebration of experimental theater disperses 17 productions across the city. About half are international works that are getting harder to import.

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Friday, December 8, 2023

Mentalist Mayhem in ‘Mind Mangler’ and Other New Magic Shows by Alexis Soloski

There is something for everyone, even the kids, in “Mind Mangler,” “The Magician” and “Mario the Maker Magician.”

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Casey Likes of ‘Back to the Future,’ Is on a Roll by Alexis Soloski

At 21, he already has two Broadway leads under his belt. On Thursdays, he sheds Marty McFly’s signature vest for a bowling shirt.

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Friday, November 24, 2023

‘Manahatta,’ Mary Kathryn Nagle’s Play About the Lenape, Comes Home by Alexis Soloski

The show, which toggles between the 17th century and the early 21st, arrives on the island on which it is largely set.

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Friday, November 17, 2023

Big Apple Circus Review: A Show That Bends Over Backward for You by Alexis Soloski

The extraordinary within the everyday: A holiday season rite returns with aerialists, trapeze acts, funny clowns (really!) and cotton candy too.

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Friday, November 10, 2023

Curtains Down, Bottoms Up: When the Show Ends, the Night’s Just Getting Started by Alexis Soloski

“Dead Letter No. 9,” “Cocktail Magique” and “Hypnotique” are offering theatergoers a taste of nightlife.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

‘Sleep No More’ to Close in January by Alexis Soloski

The Off Broadway production opened at the McKittrick Hotel in 2011, and helped to alter and expand the landscape of immersive theater.

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Friday, November 3, 2023

‘Sabbath’s Theater’ Review: John Turturro Embodies a Life and a Libido by Alexis Soloski

Though a tour de force for its actors, an Off Broadway adaptation of Philip Roth’s willfully obscene 1995 novel is too faithful to its source.

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

‘I’m Still Alive’: Sean Young Takes the Stage in ‘Ode to the Wasp Woman’ by Alexis Soloski

“I walk into a show and everybody’s kind of a little afraid. Then I hear, ‘Oh, but you’re so nice,’” the actress said of her Hollywood baggage.

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Thursday, October 12, 2023

Under the Radar to Return, With New Partners by Alexis Soloski

The festival of experimental work is planning a citywide event at multiple venues in January, after the Public Theater declined to fund the 2024 iteration.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

In Season 3 of ‘Only Murders,’ the Show, and the Deaths, Went On by Alexis Soloski

Tuesday’s finale of “Only Murders in the Building” wrapped a season that was a love letter to Broadway musicals, not least because it was a little silly.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Something for Everyone, Even Cannibals, at the Philadelphia Fringe by Alexis Soloski

The festival presents a violent Shakespearean interaction with fruit, dance for neurodiverse and neurotypical audiences and showers of (play) money.

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Thursday, September 14, 2023

In ‘The Refuge Plays,’ Nicole Ari Parker Comes Home by Alexis Soloski

“What the theater gives me is the feeling that I’m using everything,” the actress said of returning to the stage after a decade away.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Four Theater Artists to Watch This Fall by Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski, Brittani Samuel and Rhoda Feng

We spoke with two actors and two playwrights who will be in the spotlight this season.

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