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2007 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • The Man Scout

    published June 19, 2007

    The Boy Scout oath asserts, "On my honor I will do my best. . . to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally... More >>

  • The Wedding Stinger

    published May 29, 2007

    Until recently, you could not have described Ian McEwan as a moral novelist. His fiction too often concerned itself with immoral, or positively... More >>

  • Alone Together

    published May 22, 2007

    In an 1896 review of monologuist Beatrice Herford, a critic declared, "You see, we have here the drama reduced to its simplest expression." The... More >>

  • London Broil

    published May 22, 2007

    Benjamin Davis's Silverland takes place in a dark future, "a year early in the 21st century," when England is afflicted with bad weather.... More >>

  • Obies, She Wrote

    published May 15, 2007

    In the capacious penthouse of NYU's Skirball Center, at the pre-Obies cocktail party, guests enjoyed unparalleled Downtown views and sipped... More >>

  • The History Plays

    published May 15, 2007

    In 1849, at the Astor Place Theater, riots broke out after an English actor, William Macready, attempted to play the lead in Macbeth. I... More >>

  • Mourning Sickness

    published May 8, 2007

    According to the Bible, God does indeed have an ear. Perhaps two. At least eight psalms beg God to "give ear" or "turn your ear" to human prayer.... More >>

  • Union Trouble

    published May 8, 2007

    The marriage plot has sustained literature for centuries, but according to recent census reports, marriages have declined over the past several... More >>

  • Let's Take This Outside

    published May 8, 2007

    Mermaids, masqueraders, slow dancers, blasphemers, shy rock 'n' rollers, men of constant sorrow, and feuding families (two sets of... More >>

  • The Hall of Fume

    published May 1, 2007

    Cinemas attempted Smell-O-Vision for the first time in 1960. During screenings of Scent of Mystery, an international picaresque featuring... More >>

  • A Lei of the Mind

    published May 1, 2007

    Don Ho has now gone the way of so many tiny bubbles before him, leaving the world stage ripe for a new Hawaiian entertainer. Keo Woolford—an... More >>

  • Bond. Ed Bond.

    published April 24, 2007

    Edward Bond writes dark plays— ranging in shade from the merely crepuscular to the manifestly midnight. Surely The Sea falls at the... More >>

  • The Dish-Monger

    published April 24, 2007

    When Fiestaware debuted in the 1930s, advertisers dubbed it "the dinnerware that turns your table into a celebration." Now playwright- performer... More >>

  • Sick With God

    published April 17, 2007

    Many tourists to Jerusalem will place a palm against the Wailing Wall or murmur a prayer in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. But few will... More >>

  • Hell Is for Bohos

    published April 17, 2007

    Playwright Young Jean Lee gave up caffeine two years ago, but this renunciation hasn't exactly mellowed her. Over a glass of cranberry juice, in... More >>

  • Lost in 3D Space

    published April 10, 2007

    Much of theater's appeal depends on its liveness—if we're going to forego popcorn and Junior Mints, we'd at least like the actors to be in... More >>

  • 'Jews Fleeing Nazis? No Thank You.'

    published April 10, 2007

    In The Accomplices, first-time playwright Bernard Weinraub leads a grim session of Shoah and tell, detailing how American officials abetted... More >>

  • London Orphan Seeks Home, Gruel

    published April 3, 2007

    "Please, sir, I want some more." Oliver Twist originally uttered this plaintive cry regarding an additional serving of gruel. But for the past 170... More >>

  • Flee-Bitten

    published April 3, 2007

    According to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, psychiatry's holy writ, a fugue state entails "sudden,... More >>

  • Rescue Remedy

    published March 27, 2007

    The ties that bind aren't always so blessed. Just ask Prometheus, hero of Aeschylus' 450 B.C. tragedy, fastened to a rock face with manacles,... More >>

  • In the Company of Men

    published March 20, 2007

    In 1660, Sir Edward Hyde advised the newly restored King Charles II that "women on the stage beget disquiet" and that he shouldn't allow them to... More >>

  • Divine Disrepair

    published March 20, 2007

    King Hedley II, the eighth in August Wilson's 10-play cycle of the African-American experience in the 20th century, ends in resurrection.... More >>

  • Bookstore Confidential

    published March 13, 2007

    The Strand Bookstore's slogan, affixed to ubiquitous tote bags and T-shirts, is "18 Miles of Books." The Secret of Lost Things, a first... More >>

  • How I Got That Story

    published March 13, 2007

    Lawrence Wright looks dandy in a sweater vest. Hands in pockets, head tilted, he speaks in genial Texan tones. Ambling across the Culture Project... More >>

  • Secret Sharer

    published March 13, 2007

    Stuart Carolan's Defender of the Faith returns us to those heady days when terrorists were homegrown and their most monstrous plots... More >>

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