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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Oscar Isaac, Rachel Brosnahan and the Draw of a Neglected Hansberry Play by Alexis Soloski

The first major New York revival of “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,” Lorraine Hansberry’s 1964 Broadway play, comes to BAM this month. What took so long?

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Monday, January 30, 2023

‘Asi Wind’s Inner Circle’ Review: Pick a Card, Not Just Any Card by Alexis Soloski

A master at the top of his game, the magician Asi Wind performs fluidly and with obvious pleasure.

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Friday, January 13, 2023

At Under the Radar, Stories Unfold via Sexts, Tweets and Puppeteers by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes and Alexis Soloski

The Public Theater’s experimental theater festival is back in person for the first time since 2020. Here, our critics review a handful of the works on display.

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Friday, January 6, 2023

Review: ‘Are We Not Drawn Onward to New Era’ Stages a Disaster in Reverse by Alexis Soloski

The Under the Radar festival kicks off with an allegory about climate destruction by the Belgian provocateurs Ontroerend Goed.

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

At Under the Radar, Theater That Jumps Right Off the Page by Alexis Soloski

Literary influences suffuse this year’s festival of avant-garde performance. Artists from six shows share the stories that inspired them.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Review: In ‘Ye Bear & Ye Cubb,’ Colonial America Takes the Stage by Alexis Soloski

A play first performed in a tavern in 1665 survives with its title, and the court case it precipitated, intact — but nothing else.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

‘There’s No Way to Do a Good Job if You’re Judging the Character’ by Alexis Soloski

“Downstate” asks its performers to portray men who have done the unimaginable. Three of the play’s actors discuss what it takes to meet that challenge.

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Monday, December 12, 2022

Merrily We Roll Along review – Sondheim flop finds new lease of life by Alexis Soloski

New York Theatre Workshop, New York The infamous 1981 disaster has returned off-Broadway with help from Jonathan Groff and Daniel Radcliffe It is a paradox of human existence that while we e…

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Some Like It Hot review – Broadway adaptation is lukewarm by Alexis Soloski

Sam S Shubert Theatre, New York Attempts to modernise the gender politics of the classic comedy struggle but there are some moments that deliver enough razzle-dazzle There are several chase …

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Monday, December 5, 2022

Review: ‘The Far Country’ Brings a Neglected History Closer by Alexis Soloski

Early 20th-century San Francisco and Guangdong, China, overlap in Lloyd Suh’s artful examination of the emotional price of immigration.

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Review: At the Big Apple Circus, It’s a Family Affair by Alexis Soloski and Seth Caplan

Though smaller and less glitzy than extravaganzas of years past, “Dream Big” is a brisk, welcoming, back-to-basics experience brimming with pizazz.

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Review: In This Solo ‘Christmas Carol,’ the Night Is Never Silent by Alexis Soloski

Jefferson Mays stars in a Broadway adaptation of the Dickens classic, a one-man production that was originally live-captured for streaming.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Review: In ‘Evanston Salt Costs Climbing,’ Co-Workers Weather the Storm by Alexis Soloski

Will Arbery’s play explores the existential dread filling the minds of an Illinois city’s public employees with the subtlety of a polar vortex.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Sarah Ruhl and Rebecca Taichman on Conjuring ‘Becky Nurse of Salem’ by Alexis Soloski

Their new Off Broadway play, a dark comedy about power, inheritance and, of course, witchcraft, is now in previews at Lincoln Center Theater.

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Monday, November 7, 2022

‘My Broken Language’ Review: Piecing Together a Life of Many Dialects by Alexis Soloski

In Quiara Alegría Hudes’s new play at the Signature Theater, five performers try to summon generations of willful women.

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

‘Walking With Ghosts’ Review: Gabriel Byrne Roams His Past by Alexis Soloski

The Irish actor’s one-man show on Broadway delves into painful and playful memories alike. He even imitates the oddballs of his Dublin boyhood.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

‘Montag’ Review: A Dark Hymn to Female Friendship by Alexis Soloski

Not quite a comedy and not quite a thriller, Kate Tarker’s play is an antic study of two women preparing for a game (or possibly an attack).

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‘Tell the Story Every Way You Can’: Bess Wohl on ‘Camp Siegfried’ by Alexis Soloski

How a real-life pro-Nazi summer camp on Long Island inspired a “deeply American play” about seduction.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Review: In ‘Peerless,’ Elite College Admissions Are Something Wicked by Alexis Soloski

The playwright Jiehae Park’s sly and polished adaptation of “Macbeth” transports the characters from the Scottish heath to the halls of a Midwestern high school.

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

1776 review – musical revival needs more independence from the original by Alexis Soloski

American Airlines Theatre, New York A diverse re-envisioning of the 1969 historical musical offers up some great opportunities for a game cast but struggles to justify its existence The firs…

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‘Complicity’ Review: A Muddled #MeToo Drama by Alexis Soloski

A new play by Diane Davis at the New Ohio Theater addresses the topic head-on, but clumsily, our critic writes.

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Monday, October 3, 2022

Cost of Living review – Pulitzer prize winner lands on Broadway with a splash by Alexis Soloski

Manhattan Theater Club at the Samuel J Friedman Theater, New York Martyna Majok’s sensitive drama about four characters on the margins is empathetically acted and unusually compassionate T…

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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Review: Revisiting ‘Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge’ by Alexis Soloski

Elevator Repair Service, the experimental theater company, brings to life the 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Wendell Pierce Steps Into ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Alexis Soloski

A Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman” has a Black lead for the first time, giving Pierce a chance to step into a role he was “born to play.”

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Making a Meal of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival by Alexis Soloski

A handful of works deal with the many questions of nourishment and nurture. How we feed. How we are fed.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Review: ‘Marie It’s Time’ Pieces Together a Woman in Fragments by Alexis Soloski

This three-actor play initiates a dialogue with Georg Büchner’s “Woyzeck,” examining men’s violence against women.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

‘Remember This’ Review: Finding Strength Amid Moral Failure by Alexis Soloski

David Strathairn is remarkable in a solo show about Jan Karski, who was profoundly changed by what he witnessed during World War II.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

‘I’m Enough’: Gregg Mozgala on His Debut in ‘Cost of Living by Alexis Soloski, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes and Scott Heller

We spoke to three actors and a playwright — Gregg Mozgala, Bonnie Milligan, Solea Pfeiffer and Noah Diaz — who are taking big shots this season.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Review: In ‘Kate,’ Tracing the Tears of a Clown by Alexis Soloski

The comedian Kate Berlant’s latest experiment, directed by Bo Burnham at the Connelly Theater, positions her as an actress with a semi-traumatic origin story.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Audra McDonald: ‘I go all the way deep down into my truth and sing it’ by Alexis Soloski

The Broadway legend, who has won more Tony awards than any other performer, on what ‘the American songbook’ means to her “I’m trying to get to the truth of why I’m singing this son…

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

In ‘Once Upon a (korean) Time,’ Bedtime Stories to Keep You Up at Night by Alexis Soloski

Daniel K. Isaac’s stylistically daring play at La MaMa doesn’t quite fulfill its promise, but it suggests the playwright has more stories to tell.

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