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2009 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • BROOKLYN ROCKS

    published August 4, 2009

    Having already crafted theatrical encomia to Queens Boulevard and Utopia Parkway, playwright Chuck Mee turns his eyes to the Brooklyn Streetscape... More >>

  • IBSEN IN THE PARK

    published August 4, 2009

    Henrik Ibsen’s verse drama is frequently regarded as unstageable, even Ibsen mused, “I don't think the play's for acting.” Yet... More >>

  • Ghosts and Spirits Roam the British Summer Stage

    published July 28, 2009

    LONDON: Nearly every theater is a haunted house. Theaters are spooky places—locales for apparitions and delusions. Plunged into darkness,... More >>

  • Class Action Listings

    published July 28, 2009

    Mind/Body/Wellness What do Sting, Donna Karan, Russell Simmons, and Christy Turlington have in common? Pots of money. But... More >>

  • DINING OUT

    published July 28, 2009

    Whatever you do, don’t call this entry in the Ohio Theater’s Ice Factory Festival unsatisfying. Blurring that familiar actor/waiter... More >>

  • EASY AS AVENUE A, B, C

    published July 28, 2009

    Every time we stroll down Avenue A it seems another long familiar restaurant or shop has shuttered its storefront for good. But the Metropolitan... More >>

  • BULLISH THEATER

    published July 28, 2009

    The economic disaster of the past year has been truly awful. While pie-throwing and seltzer-squirting would not have improved the situation on... More >>

  • LIGHT UP

    published July 28, 2009

    Not to be confused with Simon Gray’s meditation on mortality, The Smoking Diaries, this new play by Loretta Dillon has rather more mundane... More >>

  • BIGFOOT STRIKES AGAIN

    published July 28, 2009

    A new book on Bigfoot argues that he’s been sighted from Nepal to British Columbia, California to Maryland. But he’s now visible on New... More >>

  • HOT STUFF

    published July 22, 2009

    Primary Stages has congratulated itself for producing a season dedicated to women (funny how the much more common all-male seasons go unremarked).... More >>

  • DOWN THE RIVER

    published July 22, 2009

    Mark Twain once recommended, "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please." Likely writer-director Adam Klasfeld will follow... More >>

  • STORY TIME

    published July 22, 2009

    It takes a rather daring artist to juggle Borges, Butoh, Bluebeard, and the Brontes, but that's what author Lisa Ramirez and director Tanya... More >>

  • The U.K.'s Barker Returns with The Europeans

    published July 15, 2009

    British playwright Howard Barker isn't a young man, but he is an angry one. He doesn't countenance niceties, and he actively discourages... More >>

  • Rough Crossing for A Bicycle Country

    published July 15, 2009

    Cycling has many benefits: cardiovascular exercise, toning of thighs, energy-efficient transport. But in Nilo Cruz's 1999 play A Bicycle... More >>

  • Kong and Behind the Bullseye Lead Vanguard Making Summer Season Relevant

    published July 8, 2009

    Long, long ago—all the way back in the '90s—theater took the summer off. Sure, Shakespeare in the Park and other plein-air classics... More >>

  • BLOOD SUCKER

    published July 8, 2009

    Legend has it that vampires dislike sunlight, so audiences should only start worrying after dusk during this theatrical adaptation of Bram... More >>

  • DRIVE THRU

    published July 8, 2009

    We’ve spent many a dreamy (and, OK, boozy) midsummer night on the Lower East Side, but few evenings spent there have included forest sojourns... More >>

  • MOTHER'S LITTLE HELPER

    published July 8, 2009

    In Danzig’s “Mother,” that muscled man intones, “Mother/Tell your children not to walk my way/Tell your children not to hear... More >>

  • Molière's Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe Shifted to Harlem, Brecht's Chalk Circle Updated to Now

    published July 1, 2009

    What's more contemporary than a classic? It seems as if each new season brings us masterpieces propelled helplessly into the present, or at... More >>

  • Scott Hudson's Sweet Storm a Timber-Hearted Love Story

    published June 24, 2009

    Recently, NPR compiled a list of the worst songs played at weddings: "Send in the Clowns," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "Just a Gigolo."... More >>

  • LCT3 Series Eyes Brooklyn's Syrian Jews in Stunning

    published June 24, 2009

    Blanche Nesbitt doesn't cook, but she does do windows. And chaos. In David Adjmi's Stunning, Blanche (Charlayne Woodard), an... More >>

  • OY VEY!

    published June 24, 2009

    Harry Boychick becomes a manchick in this interactive show. As a guest, you’ll be welcome to dance the hora, dive into the buffet, and chat... More >>

  • BICYCLE! BICYCLE!

    published June 24, 2009

    There isn’t much room for bicycles on a raft, the vessel upon which Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz’s new play takes place.... More >>

  • RAH! RAH! RAH!

    published June 24, 2009

    Expect a couple of fight songs and quite a bit of pom-pom choreography when Second Stage premieres the musical version of Jack Heifner’s play... More >>

  • GAME BOYS

    published June 24, 2009

    Video games can improve hand-eye coordination and boost visual skills— they may even make you a better driver. But they haven’t proved a... More >>

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