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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Review: In ‘Anatomy of a Suicide,’ Pain in Triplicate by Alexis Soloski

Alice Birch’s cleareyed and comfortless play follows three generations of women tethered to life by the thinnest possible filament.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Review: ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’? Nothing to Be Scared Of by Alexis Soloski

Classic Stage Company is running adaptations of two 19th-century horror classics in repertory. Don’t let that frighten you.

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'The violence should be tangible' – Ivo van Hove on roughing up West Side Story by Alexis Soloski

Songs have been dropped, dance routines booted out and the street-fights look nasty. This is a West Side Story for the Trump era, says the avant-garde superstar director Ivo van Hove likes i…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

‘Fragments’ Review: Guest Lectures from a Famed Professor by Alexis Soloski

Berkeley’s Judith Butler is the star attraction in a stimulating if overlong performance piece by her fellow academic Alexandra Chasin.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Carla Gugino: 'Sexuality is a primal part of who we are but it's been misused' by Alexis Soloski

The star of Jett and Sin City is back on stage in Alice Birch’s raw Anatomy of a Suicide. She talks about the play’s emotional toll, how she unwinds and American puritanism Carla Gugino …

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Review: Chekhov and Tolstoy Reunited in ‘Love Stories’ by Alexis Soloski

The Mint Theater Company pairs stage adaptations of short stories by the 19th-century Russian authors. They mesh like mismatched matryoshka dolls.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Michael Friedman Left Behind a Musical. They’re Finishing It. by Alexis Soloski

“Unknown Soldier,” one of the last projects the beloved composer and lyricist worked on before he died, is coming to New York.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice review – swinging 60s musical avoids revolution by Alexis Soloski

The Pershing Square Signature Center, New York Despite the presence of a sublime Suzanne Vega, a cheery musical adaptation of the 1969 movie about two couples is too unsure of itself Ten tho…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Review: Dan Hoyle’s ‘Border People’ Blurs Lines by Alexis Soloski

This work of documentary theater feels like a master class. But what is it meant to teach?

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Review: In ‘Goodnight Nobody,’ a Getaway Goes Awry by Alexis Soloski

Haunted by Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” Rachel Bonds’s restless and friable play gathers a group of mostly artists at a lakeside retreat.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Mission Impawsible: How Much ‘Cats’ Can a Person Take? by Alexis Soloski

The assignment: Head to Boston to see the touring stage show and the movie musical all in one day. The result: a purr, a yowl or both?

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

‘How to Load a Musket’ Review: A Play About Re-enactors Gets Real by Alexis Soloski

Talene Monahon’s show at 59E59 Theaters feels provocative but unfinished, a pieced quilt of overlapping textures and ideas.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

On TV’s New Musicals, Every Episode Is Opening Night by Alexis Soloski

Television is in love with musical shows, with “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” and “Katy Keene” joining the growing chorus this winter. But they’re not easy to pull off.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

A Séance Relies on Illusion. So Does Theater. by Alexis Soloski

E.S.P. Conjuring the dead. Speaking with them. Shows like “The Thin Place” and “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord” use the occult to put on a show.

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17 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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Broadway in 2020: big stars, big revivals and that Michael Jackson musical by Alexis Soloski

After another smash hit year at the box office, the next 12 months promises more of the same ... with added controversy The lights are bright on Broadway. Blinding even. With 35 plays and mu…

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Simon Stone Faced the Unthinkable. He Thinks You Should Too. by Alexis Soloski

After a family tragedy, the Australian director found a home in the theater, creating harrowing updates of classics. His latest: “Medea” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

4 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, December 18, 2019

Review: ‘The Sorceress’ Casts a Charming Spell in Yiddish by Alexis Soloski

Now playing at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the 19th-century operetta is a fairy tale confection you can feel right down to your kishkes.

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The Show Must Go On, and On, and On by Alexis Soloski

Forget the finale. After the curtain call now comes the megamix, the last dance, the group hymn — whatever it takes to turn an entertainment into an event.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Sing Street review – hit film heads to the stage with something missing by Alexis Soloski

New York Theatre Workshop, New York An adaptation of the 2016 comedy is charming and well-performed but so slight that it fades from the memory fast I left Sing Street, the new musical from …

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Review: ‘London Assurance’ Minds Its Manners by Alexis Soloski

A 19th-century comedy from Dion Boucicault, at the Irish Repertory Theater, showcases some delicious characters in an imperfect vehicle.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Four 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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‘One November Yankee’ Review: TV Stars on a Bumpy Flight by Alexis Soloski

Harry Hamlin and Stefanie Powers bring a measure of glamour to a patchy two-hander about three sibling pairs and one downed airplane.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Reeve Carney’s Week: Pedal Boards and Peloton Ads by Alexis Soloski

The star of “Hadestown” shares what he watched, read and listened to last weekend.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: In ‘42 FT,’ a Circus Shrunk to Fit by Alexis Soloski

At the new Cirque Mechanics show, the revolving ring, rotating ladders and spinning swings might not thrill, but the performers do.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

‘Keep’ Review: Daniel Kitson Takes Inventory by Alexis Soloski

An excursion into the Theater of Lists at St. Ann’s Warehouse proves to be both original and exasperating.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Holiday Magic: Fooled and Fooled and Fooled Again by Alexis Soloski

In its sixth year on Broadway, “The Illusionists” serves up familiar routines, but two smaller shows deliver egghead charm and brainy sleight-of-hand.

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Jagged Little Pill review – Alanis musical hits Broadway with a bang by Alexis Soloski

Broadhurst Theatre, New York Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody has brought Alanis Morissette’s music to the stage with a contrived yet hugely entertaining show When Alanis Morissette …

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Broadway in 2019: a flashy, fractured year of confused highs and lows by Alexis Soloski

There were big musicals, thoughtful political statements and big star disappointments in a disordered year of theater Broadway went to Paris this year. And to New Haven, north London, the Gu…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Best Theater of 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Shows that defied categorization offered a stark choice: Escape an angry world, or face up to its travails. Beyond Broadway, writers explored race, inequality and addiction.

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