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2008 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • FRESH-BAKED TALES

    published December 3, 2008

    As sourdough bread requires wild yeast rather than domesticated ones, perhaps we can anticipate somewhat wilder fare when the Bread and Puppet... More >>

  • VENGEANCE MEETS VENGEANCE

    published December 3, 2008

    Jesse Berger, artistic director of the Red Bull theater company, returns again to Jacobean poetry and gore with his adaptation of Thomas... More >>

  • HOLIDAY TRADITION

    published December 3, 2008

    As insect-related troubles go, flies appear far lower down on most New Yorkers lists than bed bus, roaches, or those scary spiders. But it’s... More >>

  • HOT SEAT

    published December 3, 2008

    Sit down, take off your coat, examine your program, and wait for the lights to dim—but don't even think about getting too comfortable.... More >>

  • SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

    published December 3, 2008

    Though only 30,000 Americans commit suicide each year, approximately 750,000. Those are daunting odds, but the main character, a girl named Pink... More >>

  • REEL LOVE

    published December 3, 2008

    Martin McDonagh claims that he wrote all of his plays years ago in one feverish nine-month spell, and will write no more. In the absence of new... More >>

  • TRUTH OR DARE

    published December 3, 2008

    The LAByrinth Theater Company seems rather pleased to announce that its latest production contains “nudity, profanity, and raunch,”... More >>

  • GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

    published December 3, 2008

    When Enlightenment thinker G.E. Lessing wasn't authoring gorgeous treatises on aesthetics or inventing the profession of dramaturgy, he... More >>

  • Waves and The Jester of Tonga Give Multimedia Some Hope

    published November 26, 2008

    In her diary, Virginia Woolf made many observations and complaints regarding her 1931 novel The Waves. She wrote that she desired a form... More >>

  • ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON

    published November 26, 2008

    These days, any stage appearance by Sherlock Holmes is rather uncanny, though in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, he frequently trod the... More >>

  • FUNKY REBELS

    published November 26, 2008

    Could a computer game popular among Japanese teens become a tool to foment insurgency? That’s the premise explored in Les Freres... More >>

  • CLASSIC MINNELLI

    published November 26, 2008

    In a 2004 interview, Liza Minnelli said, “I feel like I haven't done my best work yet. I feel like there's a world of possibilities out... More >>

  • SO CRUEL

    published November 26, 2008

    Caligula, or Caius Caesar Germanicus, was assassinated at the tender age of 29. But he managed to cram prodigious amounts of insanity, misrule,... More >>

  • HOT POTATO

    published November 26, 2008

    In what sounds like a tuberous version of the film Cocoon, four senior citizens see their lives transformed when they discover a sack of... More >>

  • POETIC LICENSE

    published November 26, 2008

    “Wild nights, wild nights, were I with thee/Wild nights would be our luxury,” goes the Emily Dickinson poem. And we hope we’ll have... More >>

  • Young Men's Pens Do Politics and War in Farragut North and Bury the Dead

    published November 19, 2008

    Irwin Shaw wrote Bury the Dead, a 1936 play now revived by the Transport Group, when he was just 23. Beau Willimon first conceived... More >>

  • Downtown Robot Meets South Pacific Mishap in The Jester of Tonga

    published November 19, 2008

    The Jester of Tonga, Joe Silovsky's multimedia performance piece about human frailty, mints a new, non-human star. Silovsky... More >>

  • THE FAB ONE

    published November 19, 2008

    Yesterday, OK, a few months ago, we saw this sweetly strange performance at the Fringe Festival, titled johnpaulgeorgeringo, in which... More >>

  • STRINGS ATTACHED

    published November 19, 2008

    Puppet plays frequently feature violence—lots of punching and judy-ing—but they rarely go so far as to execute their protagonists. But... More >>

  • IRISH INTRIGUE

    published November 19, 2008

    If you pay attention to the history books, Ireland didn’t have much of a war. But if you trust musical theater for your accounts of the past,... More >>

  • HAUNTED LEGEND

    published November 19, 2008

    Before his untimely death, Anton Chekhov wrote only a handful of full-length plays. This might seem a lamentable dearth of material, but composer... More >>

  • CELEBRITY SMACKDOWN

    published November 19, 2008

    Since the cancellation of her series, the resolution of her divorce, and a few squabbles over alimony, Anne Heche hasn’t made many headlines.... More >>

  • HOLIDAY FUN

    published November 19, 2008

    We appreciate any play that celebrates the cleverness and charm of the journalist. The play, Beasley's Christmas Party, produced by the... More >>

  • Big Apple Circus: Play On!

    published November 19, 2008

    Every year, more and more types of apples are available in New York—Cortlands, Pink Ladies, Honeycrisps, Jonagolds. But is there a tastier... More >>

  • GODDESS OF POLITICS

    published November 12, 2008

    When gods and goddesses get into a scrap, the consequences are rarely salutary. Earthquakes, thunderstorms, and famines often result—or a... More >>

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