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2006 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • Brave New Year

    published December 26, 2006

    Owing to Mayor Bloomberg's 2003 public ordinance, Off-Broadway theaters have quit smoking. And as stages are converted into bars, clubs, and... More >>

  • Come All Ye Unfaithful

    published December 12, 2006

    In these nights before Christmas, all through New York theater houses, plenty of creatures were stirring—likely a few mice, too. Downtown,... More >>

  • Cowboy Mouths

    published December 5, 2006

    Country music has spawned its fair share of execrable album titles. For every Coal Miner's Daughter, there's The Woman in Me; for... More >>

  • Tuesdays With Ho

    published December 5, 2006

    Malcolm Cowley once described the journalist and novelist Josephine Herbst as the "talkingest woman" he had ever met. Playwright Mac Wellman has... More >>

  • Happy Horror Days

    published December 5, 2006

    They're all going to laugh at you!" In Stephen King's novel, that cry serves as a threat, but it's clearly the motto of Theater Couture's take on... More >>

  • Hedda On

    published November 28, 2006

    One doesn't often associate the Beach Boys with bourgeois angst, but it's Brian Wilson who gives voice to the heroine's sufferings in Thomas... More >>

  • Bomb Solo

    published November 28, 2006

    Jessica, an L.A. actress, has traveled to Israel for research purposes. She's set to star in a "Middle East–conflict blockbuster" concerning... More >>

  • My Mother the Changeling

    published November 21, 2006

    Like playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's last Manhattan outing, Dark Matters is also based on a totally true story. In 1895, a Tipperary... More >>

  • Rebel Without a Pause

    published November 21, 2006

    Woyzeck, the titular character of Georg Buchner's 1837 play, newly adapted by London director Daniel Kramer, is incontrovertibly all shook up. A... More >>

  • The Daily Show

    published November 14, 2006

    Last week, Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks's new play premiered at Manhattan's Public Theater. And at L.A.'s Center Theatre. And at... More >>

  • Hypnotic Suggestions

    published November 7, 2006

    In the prologue to Henry V, Shakespeare begs our indulgence in staging the battle of Agincourt. He asks us to envision many men and much... More >>

  • Drag Racing

    published November 7, 2006

    Disguise I see thou art a wickedness," insists Twelfth Night's Viola. And indeed, it doesn't seem to be the allurements of masquerade that... More >>

  • The Vanishing

    published October 31, 2006

    The Uses of Enchantment, Heidi Julavits's third novel, borrows its title and some of its content from psychologist Bruno Bettelheim's 1976... More >>

  • Suicidal Tendencies

    published October 31, 2006

    Last year, the novelist Cormac McCarthy consented to give an interview, his first in 13 years. The article revealed what sort of car he drives (a... More >>

  • Jumping the 'Streetcar'

    published October 31, 2006

    In Stanley (2006), a meditation on New Orleans and A Streetcar Named Desire, Stanley Kowalski—the character immortalized by... More >>

  • The Story of O

    published October 24, 2006

    "Melodrama should have a useful influence on our manners and morals, because [it] consists of rewarding good actions and punishing bad," wrote... More >>

  • Vice Cabinet

    published October 24, 2006

    In First Corinthians, Saint Paul assures us that "faith, hope, and love abide," but during an evening at the theater one would much rather hang... More >>

  • Get the Drift

    published October 17, 2006

    In Tale of 2Cities: An American Joyride on Multiple Tracks, Heather Woodbury stages a scene at a dire dinner party in 1950s L.A. Amid the... More >>

  • Girl, Interrupted

    published October 10, 2006

    In a journal entry, composed well before Rachel Corrie ever went to the Gaza Strip, she wrote, "if you are concerned with the logic and sequence... More >>

  • Purple Heartbeat

    published October 10, 2006

    "The fugue," Grandpop explains, "is like an argument. It starts in one voice. Another voice creeps up on the first one. Voice two responds to... More >>

  • Office Killer

    published October 3, 2006

    In 2005, according to a study by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York proved to be the safest big city in the United States. Since the... More >>

  • Kicking Dick

    published October 3, 2006

    Oh for a political era in which Russell Lees's Nixon's Nixon would not seem timely. This two-character play imagining a conversation... More >>

  • Scorching Dragons

    published September 26, 2006

    Sax Rohmer, the creator of the insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, described his villain as "tall, lean, and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like... More >>

  • Family Planning

    published September 26, 2006

    Playwright Tina Howe published Birth and After Birth, a gently absurdist comedy about a four-year-old's birthday party, almost 30 years... More >>

  • The Parent Trap

    published September 19, 2006

    Martha, as all but the most rigid biblical scholar can attest, gets the fuzzy end of the lollipop. In the Gospel of Luke, while her sister fawns... More >>

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