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2007 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • They, Robots

    published December 25, 2007

    Now that we theater critics have celebrated our holidays in the usual fashion—washing the coal stains from our Christmas stockings, kicking... More >>

  • Treason's Greetings!

    published December 18, 2007

    The prisoner (Marc Vietor), naked save for a loincloth and covered in filth, is hauled to his unsteady feet and sodomized with a burning poker.... More >>

  • Bred in the Phone

    published December 11, 2007

    Nearly 60 years ago, John Cage gave a talk entitled "Lecture on Nothing" in which he declared, "I have nothing to say and I am saying it and that... More >>

  • Rake's Non-Progress

    published December 11, 2007

    As a critic, George Bernard Shaw often railed against the melodramatic theaters of his day. As a playwright, he embraced it, never more so than in... More >>

  • Aristotle's Nightmare

    published December 4, 2007

    Aristotle, that first theater critic of record, insisted that all plays include six elements. He named plot the most important, followed by... More >>

  • Charles Mee's Queens Boulevard

    published November 27, 2007

    Though Charles Mee has titled his new jukebox musical Queens Boulevard, a more fitting moniker might be Utopia Parkway. Inspired by... More >>

  • Downtown Theater News Update

    published November 27, 2007

    Weeping children do not appear in Nature Theater of Oklahoma's No Dice, but they have attended rehearsal. A Soho Rep production,... More >>

  • Speech & No Debate

    published November 20, 2007

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Culture Project shows are created more or less equal, that they are endowed by their creators... More >>

  • Dada Surf

    published November 20, 2007

    Gone are the days when the theater caused uproars, riots, or the involvement of the National Guard. But apparently it can still kick you (OK,... More >>

  • The Ego and the Italy

    published November 13, 2007

    In Esther Freud's new novel, Love Falls, 17-year-old Lara dreams of Prince Charles "and his black Jamaican girlfriend searching for his... More >>

  • Arthur Nersesian's The Swing Voter of Staten Island

    published November 13, 2007

    Violent crime in our fair city has decreased 75 percent in the last five years. According to John Jay College's Law Enforcement News, New... More >>

  • The London Blitz

    published November 13, 2007

    LONDON—The effects of the Red Death, according to Edgar Allen Poe: “There were sharp pains and sudden dizziness, and then profuse... More >>

  • Anxiety 101

    published November 6, 2007

    Adrienne Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders, a 1992 work now receiving its Off-Broadway premiere, opens in an underground corner of the... More >>

  • Jonathan Marc Sherman's Brothers Grim

    published November 6, 2007

    Another New Group show, another chance to see Josh Hamilton in his underwear. The sight of Hamilton and Ethan Hawke strutting about in their... More >>

  • Neocon Job

    published November 6, 2007

    "This is no way to treat a future Pulitzer Prize finalist!" exclaims a black intellectual, shot by a surly cop in Ishmael Reed's play Body... More >>

  • Education Listings, Winter 2007/2008

    published November 6, 2007

    HEALTH/BODY/WELLNESS According to a recent study, frequent meditators can shift their brain function from the stress-addled right... More >>

  • The Ring Leader

    published October 30, 2007

    On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell conducted the first telephone conversation. Speaking on the line to his assistant, he uttered, "Mr.... More >>

  • Jason Grote adapts The Arabian Nights—His Own Way

    published October 30, 2007

    There once was, praise Allah, a Jason Grote. This Grote lived in the utmost wilderness (a/k/a Brooklyn) where he read many authors—Benjamin,... More >>

  • John Moran Offers a Party treat at P.S.122

    published October 23, 2007

    Until the Teletubbies stage Endgame or an all-kitten No Exit appears in theaters, existential crisis will never appear nearly so... More >>

  • Wail Bones

    published October 23, 2007

    In the lobby of the Living Theatre, before a recent performance of Mysteries . . . and Smaller Pieces, a young German man chatted with a... More >>

  • Tarell McCraney's The Brothers Size

    published October 16, 2007

    Great class projects earn A's, praise, a "Good Job!" sticker, if your teacher obliges. But coursework, no matter how excellent, rarely merits... More >>

  • The Life of Joseph Cornell, Via Bogart and Mee

    published October 9, 2007

    As artist Joseph Cornell sits at a Bickford's Cafeteria table, a waitress lists the specials. "I've got your honey-colored seashells," she chirps.... More >>

  • The Hourglass Group Adapts '50s Lesbian Pulp Fiction

    published October 2, 2007

    'You're a walking profanity! You're a mockery of womanhood. You're queer. Queer!" Those cruel lines from Ann Bannon's 1959 novel I Am a... More >>

  • Anesthesia can't stop Deb Margolin from monologuing

    published October 2, 2007

    During a public demonstration in 1846, dentist William Morton administered ether to a patient before an operation. The patient announced that he... More >>

  • Iran to Cali

    published September 25, 2007

    Porochista Khakpour's debut novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects, begins with a page full of epigraphs: two sentences from Sadegh... More >>

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