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2009 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • Tales of an Urban Indian Dispels Stereotypes

    published March 11, 2009

    Darrell Dennis isn't at home on the range. Yes, Dennis is a native Canadian, a full-blooded Cree, but he's attired in jeans rather than... More >>

  • The Mint Mounts D.H. Lawrence's The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd

    published March 11, 2009

    The title of D.H. Lawrence's The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd rather gives the game away. When we first meet Mr. Holroyd (Eric Martin... More >>

  • SUSPICIOUS MINDS

    published March 11, 2009

    Late in the presidential campaign, Barack Obama issued a statement roundly condemning torture: "It's time to tell the world that America rejects... More >>

  • SOUND THE ALARM

    published March 11, 2009

    In 1912, the United States adopted the Morse code signal S.O.S. (three dots, three dashes, three dots) as the indicator of maritime distress.... More >>

  • FIRST BLOOD

    published March 11, 2009

    Blond and indifferently muscled, Zachary Oberzan does not particularly resemble Sylvester Stallone. Nor does a cramped black-box theater much... More >>

  • MOOD SWINGS

    published March 11, 2009

    Broadway is enjoying a period of irrational exuberance, responding to the recession with numerous openings. So it seems quite normal that Second... More >>

  • THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY

    published March 11, 2009

    “People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed,” said Audrey Hepburn. The Transport... More >>

  • PARISIAN GETAWAY

    published March 11, 2009

    Proto-impressionist Edouard Manet maintained, “It is not enough to know your craft–you have to have feeling.” We trust playwright... More >>

  • SEX GAMES

    published March 11, 2009

    Surely sex games based on Shakespeare characters have been played previously (probably more Romeos and Juliets and fewer Coriolanuses), but rarely... More >>

  • FROM HEDDA TO HENRI

    published March 11, 2009

    Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler famously ends with the line, “People don’t do such things!” But among the things people... More >>

  • LOOKING BACK

    published March 11, 2009

    The South Street Seaport—that milieu of tourists, buskers, chain stores, and ice-creamed smeared children has frequently given us a slight... More >>

  • THE AFTERMATH

    published March 11, 2009

    Some years ago, Richard Maxwell, our auteur of uninflection, directed a somewhat unsuccessful production of Henry IV at BAM. He’s... More >>

  • Othello, Unadorned

    published March 4, 2009

    In her Theatre for a New Audience debut, director Arin Arbus offers a thoughtful and unadorned staging of Othello. Earlier announcements had... More >>

  • That Pretty Pretty; Or, The Rape Play Jell-O–wrestles for the Greater Good

    published March 4, 2009

    In 1975, performance artist Carolee Schneeman stood on a table and extracted a scroll from her vagina. Unrolling it, she read an attack on the... More >>

  • Meanwhile . . . Chautauqua!

    published March 4, 2009

    In their latest hurtle through theatrical history, the National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA) poses a tricky question: Can... More >>

  • BLOODY GOOD

    published March 4, 2009

    Perhaps Elizabeth LeCompte found Francesco Cavalli's 1641 baroque opus, La Didone, a trifle bloodless—she's corrected that hematic... More >>

  • POLITICAL THEATER 101

    published March 4, 2009

    Director David Levine has described Simone Weil’s 1943 historical drama as “an inferior piece of political theater [that] disappoints... More >>

  • HE'S BAAAACK

    published March 4, 2009

    Joe Turner’s Come and Gone . . . and is apparently back again. Perhaps the loveliest play in August Wilson’s century cycle, Joe Turner... More >>

  • OUR HERO

    published March 4, 2009

    What a toxic waste it might have been had no one thought to author a theatrical adaptation of this 1984 flick, which concerns a weakling... More >>

  • ROCK OUT

    published March 4, 2009

    “Rock of Ages,” the celebrated hymn based on First Corinthians, will not appear in this Broadway musical. Instead expect the hits of... More >>

  • SHAKESPEARE'S IN ALL OF US

    published March 4, 2009

    The comely Christian Camargo recently spoke to the New York Times about Hamlet, saying, “This is a story that has no boundaries, no borders,... More >>

  • CHARGED UP

    published March 4, 2009

    Metropolitan Playhouse sheds some light on Arthur Arent’s 1937 play Power, a fearless exposé of the evils of the electric utility... More >>

  • DEMON FIGHTERS

    published March 4, 2009

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge never finished the long narrative poem “Christabel,” announcing in a preface, “I have only my own indolence... More >>

  • Perverse Interludes of Mourning Becomes Electra at Acorn

    published February 25, 2009

    Eugene O'Neill denied the influence of psychoanalytic theory on his 1931 work Mourning Becomes Electra. He complained to the critic... More >>

  • ROYAL BUNGLER

    published February 25, 2009

    The world is ever subject to misgovernment and misrule. And even when incompetents and tyrants cede office, they can leave terrible troubles in... More >>

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