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2008 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • The Fall of London: A Theater Roundup

    published November 12, 2008

    Nearly 100 years ago, George Bernard Shaw warned, “One cannot live by masterpieces alone, not only because there are not enough... More >>

  • The Irish Rep Packs Its Stage with The Master Builder

    published November 5, 2008

    Ah, the trials that beset the Norwegian architect: inclement weather, pernicious European influence, the occasional infestation of trolls at... More >>

  • Kidding Around in Love Child

    published November 5, 2008

    Unless writers-performers Daniel Jenkins and Robert Stanton have recently traveled to California and had their collaboration solemnized, one... More >>

  • LAST HURRAH

    published November 5, 2008

    After 20 years of theatermaking, Chicago performance collective Goat Island is breaking up. Despite Illinois offering a no-fault divorce,... More >>

  • DRUGGED UP

    published November 5, 2008

    In the midst of the recent hearings about steroid use in baseball, Jose Canseco said, “From what I'm hearing, I was the only individual in... More >>

  • JOLLY TRAGEDY

    published November 5, 2008

    Kyphosis is seemingly nothing to laugh about; it’s a painful curvature of the spine that can sometimes prove fatal. Nor are Victor... More >>

  • Going Nuclear in If You See Something Say Something

    published October 29, 2008

    Monologuist Mike Daisey uses a few simple props: a microphone, a wooden desk, a glass of water, pages from a legal pad, and a black... More >>

  • 13P Serves up Sheila Callaghan's Crawl, Fade to White

    published October 29, 2008

    Louise will not win many awards for Miss Congeniality. Receiving an unexpected visit from her college-age daughter and the daughter's beau, she... More >>

  • Lincoln Center Theater Finds Itself a Hip-Hop Beat in Matt Sax's Clay

    published October 22, 2008

    In the Bible, various figures insist that God, like a potter, forms humans out of earth: "Remember," pleads Job, "that you have fashioned me as... More >>

  • StageFarm Raises Up a Crop of New One-Acts in Spin

    published October 22, 2008

    The program for Spin, an evening of short plays commissioned by StageFarm, pictures a tornado bearing down on a farmhouse. But... More >>

  • Recent and Upcoming Releases from Academic Presses

    published October 22, 2008

    a short life of trouble: forty years in the new york art world New Museum founder Marcia Tucker died in 2006, not... More >>

  • Class Action Listings

    published October 22, 2008

    theater and performing arts If you long to have a better excuse to wear taffeta and flesh-colored lace or to respond more... More >>

  • BOOT CAMP

    published October 22, 2008

    If the Iraq War came to Soho today, would you be ready to fight? Test your mettle when the International WOW Company, frequent promulgators of... More >>

  • Inquisitive Minds

    published October 22, 2008

    In recent years, theater has tended toward the irreverent, but director Peter Brook offers an unusually worshipful view of faith (if not the... More >>

  • OPEN WIDE

    published October 22, 2008

    The New Group will resuscitate Kevin Elyot’s play Mouth to Mouth, a hit in London, which concerns conversations and intrigues among a... More >>

  • OFF TO WAR

    published October 22, 2008

    “Honest to God,” begins David Rabe’s 1976 play Streamers, “I don’t know what to say anymore.” But Tony and... More >>

  • SOUTHERN COMFORT

    published October 22, 2008

    Right now the New York farmers markets throng with many varieties of winter squash, but the Pumpkin Pie Show makes sinister use of this... More >>

  • CIVIL DISCORD

    published October 22, 2008

    At the close of Cato, Joseph Addison’s 1713 tragedy, a character announces: “From hence, let fierce contending nations know/What... More >>

  • SPARE CHANGE

    published October 22, 2008

    If we had a nickel for every time a child star appeared in a Broadway revival, we wouldn't be very wealthy—but if we had a very rare... More >>

  • FAMILY SQUABBLE

    published October 22, 2008

    Where there’s a will, there’s a play. And then, apparently a Broadway transfer. Primary Stages enjoyed a success with the 2007... More >>

  • A World War II Trauma Derails a Dutch Heart in Sunken Red

    published October 15, 2008

    Before attending Sunken Red, at BAM's Next Wave Festival, I'd considered downing a Xanax or a substantial quality of gin—some... More >>

  • Krauts Love Yanks in Outside Inn

    published October 15, 2008

    Relations between the U.S. and Germany, though no longer outright antagonistic, remain somewhat awkward: Witness the last G8 summit, when... More >>

  • Fault Lines: David Schwimmer Brings You Some Chat About Semen

    published October 8, 2008

    While New York has numerous fault lines, including a large one that trots along 125th Street, it doesn't suffer much seismic activity. But... More >>

  • Flip Side, the Talking Band's Latest, Ventures to the Waterfalls

    published October 8, 2008

    In Flip Side, a raincoat-clad biddy comments: "Sometimes people are like advent calendars, full of little windows that open and open." An... More >>

  • Aliens With Extraordinary Skills

    published October 8, 2008

    In September of 2006, the INS arrested two men involved in what was described as "a complex international visa fraud and alien smuggling... More >>

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