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2009 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • SHARKS VS. JETS

    published February 11, 2009

    “I like it here in America,” sings a character in this Arthur Laurents/ Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim musical. And America likes... More >>

  • REAL AMERICANS

    published February 11, 2009

    Despite occasional attempts such as our own Lincoln Center or Washington’s Kennedy Center, America has never managed a national theater of... More >>

  • ON THE REZ

    published February 11, 2009

    Darrell Dennis is an inadequate Indian. At the top of the show the character announces, “I have never heard the owl call my name. . . . I... More >>

  • THE LONG REHEARSAL

    published February 11, 2009

    Micheál MacLiammóir, an actor and co-founder of Dublin’s Gate Theatre once remarked, “Life is a long rehearsal for a play... More >>

  • SOLDIER TO BOMBSHELL

    published February 11, 2009

    The Daily News is not one for shyness. In 1952 its headline announced, “Ex-G.I. Becomes Blonde Bombshell,” detailing how George... More >>

  • TWO ANTIGONES

    published February 11, 2009

    Leaving a brother unburied is positively unsanitary. But Ripe Time celebrates gravedigging Antigone less for her hygiene than for her willingness... More >>

  • THE DATING GAME

    published February 11, 2009

    Maybe speed dating, online dating, and the well-meant attempts of interfering friends have still left you heading to bed alone. But have you tried... More >>

  • SUBWAY SWEET SUBWAY

    published February 11, 2009

    As an inveterate sure of public transit I’ve been known to eat, drink, and occasionally sleep on the subway, but I wouldn’t call the MTA... More >>

  • WILD CHILD

    published February 11, 2009

    Diagnoses of autism, hyperactivity, and attention deficit disorder have grown increasingly common. Have children become more difficult? Well,... More >>

  • GHOST TOWN

    published February 11, 2009

    Temperatures in Death Valley often top 120 degrees. Right now, this sounds quite pleasant. Brian Rogers apparently thinks so. He’s developed... More >>

  • DEAD SERIOUS

    published February 11, 2009

    Sure, New York’s a violent town but it seems odd how many of our geographical locales have “Kills” in their name. (Oh, it’s... More >>

  • ALL ABOARD

    published February 11, 2009

    Few would accuse the National Asian American Theater Company of stereotypical casting. Their company members have played Greeks, Spaniards,... More >>

  • Room for Cream Season One: The Box Set!

    published February 4, 2009

    In the first episode of Room for Cream, the lesbian serial produced by the Dyke Division of Theatre of the Two-Headed Calf, a coffee shop... More >>

  • The Go-To Two: Ken Rus Schmoll and Anne Kauffman

    published February 4, 2009

    Ken Rus Schmoll and Anne Kauffman don't agree on how they met. He cites a post-performance chat at The Ladies, the 2004 Anne Washburn... More >>

  • Cornbury: The Queen's Governor Goes Colonial Drag

    published February 4, 2009

    Naming a queer character "Cornbury" sounds like a very smutty pun. But it isn't . . . entirely. A cousin of Queen Anne's, Edward Hyde, Viscount... More >>

  • FISTS OF FURY

    published February 4, 2009

    The Samurai Creed, which dates back to the 14th century, concludes: "I have no armour; I make Benevolence my Armour. I have no sword; I make No... More >>

  • Ten Blocks on the Camino Real and Soul of Shaolin

    published January 28, 2009

    As the East Coast suffers under chilly winds and snow, a sojourn in foreign climes seems called for. But as ticket prices soar and the economy... More >>

  • DEAD FLOWERS

    published January 28, 2009

    William Faulkner's 1930 novel As I Lay Dying, concerning the Bundren family's journey to bury their matriarch, Addie, opens straightforwardly... More >>

  • STAYING FOCUSED

    published January 28, 2009

    We have frequently become distracted from the play at hand when we've noticed the marvelous Cynthia Nixon—that hair, that neck, that... More >>

  • HOW GENIUS

    published January 28, 2009

    With Earth having whirled far away from the sun, Venus bright in the sky, and the Pleiades gleaming, the stars have aligned for a new Richard... More >>

  • Class Action Listings

    published January 21, 2009

    Health/Beauty/Wellness Amid the nausea, back pain, and fatigue, workouts may rank rather low on the to-do list of moms-to-be.... More >>

  • Pricks and Kicks in The Connection and The Judgement of Paris

    published January 21, 2009

    In August 1959, an ad in The Village Voice defiantly announced that the Living Theatre's The Connection— by then 27-year-old playwright... More >>

  • OPPOSITES ATTRACT

    published January 21, 2009

    "When you see a guy reach for stars in the sky/You can bet that he's doing it for some doll," proclaim the famed lyrics in Guys and Dolls.... More >>

  • Eight and The Crumb Trail

    published January 14, 2009

    "This is the best bit," says Irish actress Aoife Duffin in The Crumb Trail, "the bit I love, the darkness, the waiting, the not knowing... More >>

  • A LIFE IN PICTURES

    published January 14, 2009

    “A bachelor, loner, atheist, and the only person in town to practice studio photography,” Mike Disfarmer, né Mike Meyer, enjoyed... More >>

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