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2009 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • The Curious Red Fly/Blue Bottle Takes Wing at Here

    published April 22, 2009

    The housefly is a fairly innocuous creature. Really, how much can a Musca domestica achieve in a 20-day life cycle? But when not... More >>

  • UNSUNG HERO

    published April 22, 2009

    Keg parties have long provided collegians with hours and hours (and gallons and gallons) of frothy amusement. But they have rarely been noticed... More >>

  • EMO PRESIDENCY

    published April 22, 2009

    More than just a pretty face on the $20 bill, Andrew Jackson presided over an economic depression, attempted to overthrow the electoral college,... More >>

  • Angela's Mixtape and Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage

    published April 15, 2009

    Neither Angela's Mixtape nor Beo-wulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage bills itself as a musical: Beowulf, by Banana Bag &... More >>

  • DO THE MATH

    published April 15, 2009

    Radical numbers are a subgroup of algebraic integers, and they’re also another name for the experimental songs in Object Collection’s... More >>

  • Chinese Government-Condemned The Bus Stop at Sanford Meisner Theatre

    published April 8, 2009

    We New Yorkers take profound delight in disparaging the MTA, but however bungled our transport, none of us has ever spent years waiting for a... More >>

  • CSC Tries to Pull Off An Oresteia

    published April 8, 2009

    In the introduction to her translation of four plays by Euripides, the poet and classicist Anne Carson provides a brief explanation of... More >>

  • YOU RANG?

    published April 8, 2009

    New Yorkers have little call for butlers these days, yet a man in a natty suit who addresses you with extraordinary politeness and fetches... More >>

  • CLASS ACT

    published April 8, 2009

    Class consciousness is mightily confused in this Cole Porter and Rowland Leigh work from 1938. In this tuneful comedy, master and servant, maid... More >>

  • THE JOKER

    published April 8, 2009

    Sages such as Karl Marx, Richard Dawkins, and Bill Maher have viewed organized religion as an imprudent delusion, but Fools Mass by Dzieci... More >>

  • COMPANY MAN

    published April 8, 2009

    Last year, Ethan Coen's Almost an Evening made for a merry night at the Atlantic Theater. And now, the Atlantic has announced almost a... More >>

  • Seeking Revenge in Rambo Solo and Hamlet

    published April 1, 2009

    Last week, I watched a familiar character soliloquize upon the stage. I saw a troubled man, a melancholy one, haunted by past tragedies. I saw... More >>

  • HE AIMS TO PLEASE

    published April 1, 2009

    No less an authority than the Bible has declared, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Yet Philip, the hero of Christopher Hampton's 1970... More >>

  • PAGING DR. FREUD

    published April 1, 2009

    Craig Lucas's last play, Prayer for My Enemy, concerned familial tribulations, the vagaries of desire, and the war in Iraq. Remarkably,... More >>

  • HARD TIMES

    published April 1, 2009

    Eugene O'Neill saw "the transfiguring nobility of tragedy—in seemingly the most ignoble, debased lives." And in this 1924 play, he transposed... More >>

  • Metropolitan Playhouse Revives a 1937 "Living Newspaper"

    published March 25, 2009

    God issued the directive, "Let there be light." He saw that it was good, but by the 1930s, the Federal Theatre Project didn't entirely agree.... More >>

  • Colin McKenna's The Secret Agenda of Trees

    published March 25, 2009

    Allow me to answer a question posed in Colin McKenna's The Secret Agenda of Trees: "What is the secret agenda of trees? Why do... More >>

  • DUBLIN CALLING

    published March 25, 2009

    The Irish Repertory will take a thorough inventory of the foul rag-and-bone shop of William Butler Yeats's heart in its latest The Yeats... More >>

  • GROWING PAINS

    published March 25, 2009

    Eisa Davis will provoke jealousy in all but the best-adjusted of stage professionals. In addition to her Pulitzer nomination, the staggeringly... More >>

  • LOUDER THAN BOMBS

    published March 25, 2009

    When viewing the results of an atomic bomb test, J. Robert Oppenheimer thought, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." He’s... More >>

  • Craig Wright's The Unseen Is All Locked Up

    published March 18, 2009

    Vile imprisonment and brutal torture—"stretching us, cracking us, screaming at us, spitting on us, raping us, attacking us with dogs, and... More >>

  • A Founding Father Prowls the Ohio Theatre Stage in Red-Haired Thomas

    published March 18, 2009

    As curator and administrator of the Ohio Theatre, white-haired Robert Lyons is a man much admired. As the playwright of Red-Haired... More >>

  • Spring Guide: David Levine Messes with Imperfection in Venice Saved: A Seminar

    published March 18, 2009

    For a man employed as a theater director and theater professor, David Levine evinces a great distaste for actual theater. Levine is somber and... More >>

  • ENTER THE DRAGON

    published March 18, 2009

    Depending on which translation you prefer, the ancient poem “Beowulf” begins with the call, “Lo!” or “Attend!” or... More >>

  • FARE PLAY

    published March 18, 2009

    One shouldn’t confuse The Bus Stop, a comedy by the Nobel Prize–winning Chinese writer Gao Xingjian, with the romantic 1956... More >>

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