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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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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Catherine Was Great. But Was She a Girl Boss? by Alexis Soloski

In seeking to turn historical women into yassified contemporary heroines, pop culture creators are narrowing what female success can look like.

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Friday, December 24, 2021

On Broadway, Newly Vital Understudies Step Into the Spotlight by Alexis Soloski

As Omicron spreads, shows are relying on replacement actors more than ever. And productions without enough of them have had to cancel performances.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Revisiting Childhood Wonder With Winnie the Pooh and Emmet Otter by Alexis Soloski

Our critic takes in two puppet-driven musicals in Manhattan. But with the Omicron variant on the rise, maybe kid-friendly theater is best consumed at home right now.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Review: Still Magical on Broadway by Alexis Soloski

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” returned to Broadway, now in one part instead of two. It may feel smaller, but is no less dazzling.

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Monday, December 6, 2021

‘Selling Kabul’ Review: Trapped in a War, and an Apartment by Alexis Soloski

In Sylvia Khoury’s suspenseful new play, the characters sometimes feel too much like wheels in a machine, but it’s a tense thrill to watch it work.

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Best Theater of 2021 by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Digital innovation continued this year, but experiencing plays in isolation grew tiring. Then came an in-person season as exciting as a child’s first fireworks.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Kiki and Herb Will Be Back Where They Belong for Christmas by Alexis Soloski

Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman have resurrected their Christmas act for “a big, old chosen family reunion.”

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Stream These 7 Productions That Celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s Work by Alexis Soloski

Here’s a guide to films, documentaries and other productions that provide insight into the composer-lyricist’s sly wit and melodic acumen.

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Monday, November 15, 2021

Review: ‘Morning’s at Seven’ Awakens Again, Only to Hit Snooze by Alexis Soloski

Paul Osborn’s 1930s play is revived, with its thin psychology, predictable structure and somewhat bitter slice of small town life intact.

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Friday, November 12, 2021

‘I Don’t Know What a Carrie Is’: Candace Bushnell Works It Out Onstage by Alexis Soloski

The writer maps her life in a one-woman show, “Is There Still Sex in the City?,” beginning previews this weekend at the Daryl Roth Theater.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Review: ‘Tammany Hall’ Votes the Party Line by Alexis Soloski

An immersive show at the SoHo Playhouse takes theatergoers back to a speakeasy in 1929, when New York was also in a mayoral race.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Behind the 'Boo!': How Haunted House Actors Scare Guests by Alexis Soloski and Erik Tanner

What does it take to scare the candy corn out of someone? Performers at two of New York’s hallowed haunted attractions explain the secrets behind the shocks.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

‘Letters of Suresh’ Review: Returning to the Fold by Alexis Soloski

Rajiv Joseph’s new drama revisits the protagonist, and the metaphoric possibilities of origami, of his earlier play “Animals Out of Paper.”

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Forty days a slave: Suzan-Lori Parks on her incendiary new play White Noise by Alexis Soloski

In a drama that taps straight into these angry, anguished times, a Black artist responds to a police beating by becoming his white friend’s ‘enslaved person’. Pulitzer-winner Parks exp…

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Onstage, ‘Designing Women’ Sheds the Shoulder Pads, Not Its Politics by Alexis Soloski

The hit sitcom, which ended in 1993, is back as play, premiering in Arkansas. But how do its laughs land in our more pointed political landscape?

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Max Harwood Steps Up in 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' by Alexis Soloski

Max Harwood, making his professional debut with the movie musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” has “this kind of magic about him.”

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Review: In ‘Return the Moon,’ Theater Between Phases by Alexis Soloski

While insubstantial, this immersive online performance gathers people virtually until they can get together more safely in person.

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Edie Falco, Blair Brown and Marin Ireland Discuss 'Morning Sun' by Alexis Soloski

Edie Falco, Blair Brown and Marin Ireland portray three generations of women sharing the same Greenwich Village walk-up in Simon Stephens’s new play.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

‘This is still here’: Bess Wohl’s story of seduction in a Nazi summer camp by Alexis Soloski

The US playwright’s new drama, at the Old Vic in London, is a tragicomic romance amid swastika-shaped flowerbeds. She talks about finding a dark past on a trip to Long Island In May 2020, …

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Review: In ‘Islander,’ the Puck Stops Here by Alexis Soloski

This verbatim hockey drama, at Here Arts Center, considers issues of masculinity and the peculiar ownership that fans feel toward a team and its players.

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Monday, August 16, 2021

‘Walden’ Review: Getting Away From It All by Alexis Soloski

Amy Berryman’s three-character drama, set in a one-room cabin as crises rage outside, asks how much we owe to ourselves and our world.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Velvet, Organza and Vipers: Stage Costumes Dazzle by Alexis Soloski

An exhibition offers a close-up look at “Hamilton,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” and more. Here are 10 highlights.

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Review: In Carl Hancock Rux’s ‘Vs.,’ the Jury Is Out by Alexis Soloski

Where justice is virtual, crimes have no names and audience members step up to the dock to examine anonymous witnesses.

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