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2009 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • Under the Radar Festival Gets the Low-Tech Lowdown

    published December 29, 2009

    The stage shows a drab apartment, bare save for a folding table piled with wine, snacks, and electronic debris. Here, a slender man named Serge... More >>

  • PULLING STRINGS

    published December 29, 2009

    Gepetto had a tough task, but as beleaguered toymakers go, none is more put-upon than Sylvester Cloud, the hero of Yip Harburg’s peculiar... More >>

  • RESCUE ME

    published December 29, 2009

    In a letter to Britain’s then Prime Minister, Mirza Tahir Hussain begged, “Please Mr Blair, take me home. I have suffered enough.”... More >>

  • Verona meets Verizon in The Kitchen's Romeo & Juliet

    published December 22, 2009

    "Two houses, both alike in dignity . . ." OK, stop right there. There is little that's dignified, though much that's amusing, in the Nature... More >>

  • Trapped in the Brig of the Living Theatre in Red Noir

    published December 22, 2009

    There are words to describe the experience of Anne Waldman's Red Noir at the Living Theatre. Alas, most of them are unprintable. For the... More >>

  • LAZY BOY

    published December 22, 2009

    The Foundry Theater has excellent vision. Whether ceding the stage to an early career artist or supporting a mid-career one, the Foundry has... More >>

  • The Great Recession in Need of a Bailout

    published December 15, 2009

    Is playwriting another casualty of the economic crisis? Clearly not—the fall season has provided several excellent shows. And yet the six... More >>

  • Quarky, Quirky Terrible Things and Crime or Emergency

    published December 15, 2009

    According to one interpretation of quantum mechanics, in the course of any event in which multiple outcomes are possible, every outcome... More >>

  • PRETTY IN PINK

    published December 15, 2009

    Though I was born too late to enjoy an '80s prom myself, I may once have actively requested Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" at a junior high... More >>

  • NYTW Tries Carson McCullers's The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    published December 8, 2009

    Jake, a carnival roustabout and Communist sympathizer, lounges in a diner and grumbles, "This town's full of freaks." "I like freaks," Biff,... More >>

  • Len Jenkin's The Dream Express

    published December 8, 2009

    Sometimes life does indeed imitate art. Sort of. For 15 years, Len Jenkin's lounge act, The Dream Express, performed by Deirdre... More >>

  • ON THE FLY

    published December 8, 2009

    It’s so hard to find a good tailor anymore, and Axis Theater has long since given up, substituting the plucky seamster of the Grimm tale for... More >>

  • BIG BANG

    published December 8, 2009

    A plane crash is not typically the inciting event for a comedy, but this George Bernard Shaw play chooses to begin with a bang. Once an aircraft... More >>

  • GOING NUTS

    published December 8, 2009

    File Under: Do Not Try This at Home. These fiery neo-vaudevillians—Gyro, Pyro, and Walter—arrive at the New Victory to delight tots with... More >>

  • No Joy in Troy for The Age of Iron

    published December 1, 2009

    In recent years, our country entered into an expensive, protracted, possibly unwinnable war on the most feeble of pretexts—presumed... More >>

  • A Little Chandler, a Little Lewis and Clark in 13P's American Treasure

    published December 1, 2009

    Like an menacing episode of Antiques Roadshow, Julia Jarcho's American Treasure examines the relics of U.S. history and reveals a... More >>

  • KNOCKOUT

    published December 1, 2009

    In the red corner, weighing in at 2,400 years of history, we have theater—and in the blue corner, we have brawling, a much older tradition.... More >>

  • SECRET LOVERS

    published December 1, 2009

    What’s more British than tea cozies and bad teeth? Repression. At St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Cornwall-based company Kneehigh offers an ode... More >>

  • With Ellen Stewart Ailing, What's La MaMa's Future?

    published November 24, 2009

    For decades, a show at the East Village's La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club began with a jingling sound both authoritative and merry. Like a... More >>

  • MACABRE ROCK

    published November 24, 2009

    Those who prefer their musical theater replete with soppy sentiments and toothy smiles should steer clear of Obie-winning composer/lyricist Kyle... More >>

  • TRUNK SHOW

    published November 24, 2009

    What a trunk show. In this new one-man show, Saul Jaffe plays Joseph Merrick, the pachydermous patient who became a sensation in Victorian London.... More >>

  • IT'S A PARTY

    published November 24, 2009

    A lot of the most commonly used Yiddish terms—putz, bupkes, schmuck—aren’t so appropriate for tots’ tender ears. But we trust... More >>

  • The Provincetown Playhouse Meets the Ontological in The Verge

    published November 17, 2009

    In greenhouses the world over, botanists work to create new flora—a showier orchid, a more fragrant rose. And in garrets, offices, and... More >>

  • Brits Off Broadway Should Toss Red Sea Fish Back

    published November 17, 2009

    "Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside," trills the popular British holiday song. But a day at the beach isn't much fun when one has a deadly... More >>

  • NOT-SO-SWEET DREAMS

    published November 17, 2009

    Len Jenkin writes plays that renders American history as nightmare—a troubled landscape of motels, tenements, and the occasional miniature... More >>

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