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2009 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • HARD BALL

    published November 17, 2009

    If it weren’t for his roles in ensemble films, you might assume that Roger Guenveur Smith does not play well with others. In the theater... More >>

  • HOLIDAY ROMANCE

    published November 17, 2009

    With that jolly belly and impressive beard, St. Nick could make quite a hit among bears, though that velvet outfit may be a little much. But... More >>

  • Taylor Mac Conjures a Downtown Epic for The Lily's Revenge

    published November 10, 2009

    A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose, Gertrude Stein insisted, but a lily is something else entirely, particularly when embodied by Taylor Mac... More >>

  • Heiner Müller Gets the Robert Wilson Treatment in Quartet

    published November 10, 2009

    Over the course of a 40-year career, Robert Wilson's directorial techniques have grown so influential that they now risk appearing outmoded.... More >>

  • HOWLING AT THE MOON

    published November 10, 2009

    During this recession, it’s hard enough to keep the wolves from the door, but apparently they are trying to get in at the casements, too.... More >>

  • THE WRITE STUFF

    published November 10, 2009

    Three years ago prolific playwright Alan Ayckbourn had a terrible day, suffering a stroke. But he hasn’t let debility interfere with his busy... More >>

  • THE RIGHT TRACK

    published November 10, 2009

    Consider riding the rails to the Metropolitan Theater’s revival of Augustin Daly’s archetypal 1967 melodrama, which concludes in a scene... More >>

  • DIVINE THEATER

    published November 10, 2009

    While Our Father does not figure in the cast list, the sufficiently divine Kristen Johnston will star in this Mint Theater production of Maurine... More >>

  • LAW & ORDER

    published November 10, 2009

    David Mamet and his cast have kept remarkably tight-lipped about the content of this new drama. (In a recent Vogue interview, costar Kerry... More >>

  • Halloween Lives on in Americana Kamikaze and The New Electric Ballroom

    published November 3, 2009

    Halloween has passed, but if your appetite for scary stories has not departed with your sugar rush, you might seek out Americana... More >>

  • Willem Dafoe Goes to the Birds With Richard Foreman in Idiot Savant

    published October 27, 2009

    Apparently, Richard Foreman's Idiot Savant features insufficient ducks. While Foreman waits for a recent rehearsal to begin, he... More >>

  • Class Action Listings

    published October 27, 2009

    Theater and Performing Arts Budding American idols ready to take their singing career to the big time—or, at least, beyond... More >>

  • County of Kings Is Tart and Sweet

    published October 20, 2009

    In County of Kings, slam poet Lemon Andersen invites audiences to "watch me take my lemons/and make the best Goddamn lemonade." Andersen... More >>

  • Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation

    published October 20, 2009

    In Annie Baker's new play Circle Mirror Transformation, at Playwrights Horizons, Lauren, a shy 16-year-old, approaches Marty, the leader... More >>

  • Hanne Tierney's Latest, My Life in a Nutshell

    published October 20, 2009

    Hanne Tierney's puppet play My Life in a Nutshell, at Here, offers lessons in romance and geometry. Her show depicts five angular... More >>

  • HOW HEAVENLY

    published October 20, 2009

    If heaven comes equipped with incidental music, one might imagine it features lots of harps—and fewer feedback-heavy electric guitars.... More >>

  • LIVING NIGHTMARE

    published October 20, 2009

    Japanese horror originated in Edo period ghost stories. More recently, it has enjoyed inspired various scary movies. Now the multimedia company... More >>

  • FOR THE LOVE OF THEATER

    published October 20, 2009

    Daniel Jenkins and Robert Stanton revive their two-man comedy, an adaptation of Euripides’ Ion and a tribute to the madness and... More >>

  • And Promenade! Punchdrunk Makes Its U.S. Debut, Catherine Wheels Brings the Gingerbread to Times Square

    published October 20, 2009

    In the first act of Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis utters the impassioned couplet, “Stars, hide your fires!/Let not light... More >>

  • Sickness Grabs Center Stage in Let Me Down Easy and Broke-ology

    published October 13, 2009

    It's a paradox that each of us both has a body and is a body. Those bodies can delight us and surprise us, can pain us and fail... More >>

  • SIBLING DRAMA

    published October 13, 2009

    Tarell Alvin McCraney inaugurates a family affair when the Public Theater offers McCraney's complete trilogy of sibling dramas: The Brothers... More >>

  • AFROBEAT KING

    published October 13, 2009

    Fela Kuti’s song titles aren’t overly cheerful: “Sorrow Tears & Blood,” “Shuffering and Shmiling,”... More >>

  • SLEEPY HOLLOW IN BROOKLYN

    published October 13, 2009

    Brooklyn isn’t nearly as scary a place as it once was, but stroyteller Dan Kitrosser attempts to reverse that trend—and just in time for... More >>

  • Megan Riordan's Luck Is a Good Bet

    published October 6, 2009

    "Luck doesn't exist," announces Megan Riordan—a confusing statement, as Luck is the title of Riordan's one-woman show.... More >>

  • Imelda Marcus Gets the Ol' Song and Dance at Julia Miles Theater

    published October 6, 2009

    Imelda Marcos's strong will and gaudy outerwear earned her the sobriquet "the steel butterfly." An image of that vivid insect graces the stage... More >>

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