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1999 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • Shakespeare Takes the Rap

    published December 21, 1999

    MC Hendelberg, an Orthodox goldsmith in a puffy parka and payess, asks Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus the riddle of the sphinc. (Yes, the... More >>

  • Mae Day! Mae Day!

    published December 7, 1999

    On February 19, 1927, Daly's 63rd Street Theater featured a most unusual encore. The actors in Mae West's hit Broadway show had just exited the... More >>

  • Satyr Day Night Special

    published November 16, 1999

    Lola Montez settles into her chariot, a character half silent movie heroine and half goth-girl goddess. Swathed in shiny black-a tight top,... More >>

  • Tent Show

    published October 26, 1999

    I chose Luis because his program bio said he had trained as an acrobat and trapeze artist. He met me in the anteroom. He was handsome—brown... More >>

  • Trick and Treats

    published October 5, 1999

    Derek Hughes is not particularly Mephistophelian. Though he's tall, slim, and draped in black, his comely looks and unaffected mien lend him a... More >>

  • Lazzi Come Home

    published September 28, 1999

    Playwright Carlo Goldoni prances at the head of the funeral procession. A line of weeping, wailing players— hunchbacked and garbed in white... More >>

  • A Tree Grows In Dunsinane

    published September 14, 1999

    Amid the baby-powder stink of the smoke machines and the screech of the techno soundtrack, actors in halfhearted kabuki makeup file onstage.... More >>

  • Garden Varieties

    published September 7, 1999

    "That's a mean rat!" cries an affronted eight-year-old girl. The rodent in question— personated by a strapping man in a furry suit—... More >>

  • Pure Pop for Now People

    published August 17, 1999

    Playwright Marc Spitz is getting his ass kicked. Jonathan Lisecki— best friend and erstwhile roommate— slaps the flippers feverishly.... More >>

  • Garage Music

    published July 13, 1999

    Two black-lit paintings of staring cyclops hang suspended. On a video screen a tiny crown twists itself into words. A looped recording emits... More >>

  • Macbeth

    published July 6, 1999

    The bridges, lawns, and concrete paths of Fort Tryon Park may not much resemble the moors, heaths, and woods of medieval Scotland, but don't tell... More >>

  • SparkleFEST 2000

    published June 8, 1999

    Esquivel plays, the backdrop glitters, attendants traipse through the crowd dispensing Jell-O jigglers in the shape of hearts and stars—... More >>

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    published June 1, 1999

    The lights dim and a swarm of latecomers rush to seat themselves. The conductor enters the pit, the music starts, the curtain rises, and two guys... More >>

  • The Escapist

    published May 25, 1999

    Somewhere in 1914 Albania, Giorgio, a destitute cabaret perfomer (his act: accompanying himself on a guitar strummed with his erect member),... More >>

  • Rank Stranger

    published May 18, 1999

    A ferocious energy possesses writer-performer Stanya Kahn. Eyes flashing, mouth straining, feet skittering, she seems to move even when she's... More >>

  • True Confessions

    published May 18, 1999

    Inside Webster Hall a mystery lurked. The suspects offered fuzzy alibis, flimsy excuses, changing stories. Still the question burned: why exactly... More >>

  • Euripidames

    published May 4, 1999

    What diva doesn't dream of playing the Greek leading ladies—those lusty, bloody heroines and villainesses? A lucky girl may get to act a few... More >>

  • Hi, I'm Brittany, and I'm Rotting!

    published May 4, 1999

    Rachel Arieff, dressed in jeans and a hairnet, steps onto the stage and into character. "They should make a sitcom about my life!" she squeals.... More >>

  • Euripidames

    published April 27, 1999

    What diva doesn't dream of playing the Greek leading ladies—those lusty, bloody heroines and villainesses? A lucky girl may get to act a few... More >>

  • Ex Arcadia

    published January 26, 1999

    Pastorale (HERE), Deborah Eisenberg's dawdling audit of '70s world-weariness, actually falls into the tradition of the antipastoral.... More >>

  • Sex Shirkers

    published January 12, 1999

    The premise of Lyz! (Samuel Beckett Theater), a new musical adaptation of Aristophanes's Lysistrata, is not devoid of comic... More >>

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