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2009 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • QUIET BATTLE

    published February 25, 2009

    Helen Benedict, a Columbia journalism professor, reports that while all soldiers in Iraq face hardships, "women have additional burdens: They are... More >>

  • LOOKS COUNT

    published February 25, 2009

    In Neil LaBute’s play, a character concludes, beauty “has no real value with anything important or tangible in our lives.” I feel... More >>

  • GUARANTEED LAUGHS

    published February 25, 2009

    Tartuffe, the hero of Moliere’s immortal farce is a con man par excellence. But director Jeff Cohen is not, or so he claims. He’s so... More >>

  • AGE OF AQUARIUS

    published February 25, 2009

    “I got life, mother/I got laughs, sister/I got freedom, brother/I got good times, man,” declares this 1968 musical. Last summer’s... More >>

  • HARD TIMES

    published February 25, 2009

    Bread lines and cloche hats haven’t yet returned to fashion, but it’s looking ever more like the 1930s out there. Bill Daugherty has... More >>

  • WELCOME TO KAFKALAND

    published February 25, 2009

    “All that's plain as day is that we're brought here against our will, and we're continually tortured and starved,” says a character in... More >>

  • BABY LOVE

    published February 25, 2009

    Kate Whoriskey has a 5-month-old at home, but she’s turning her directorial vision positively prenatal for the world premiere of Christina... More >>

  • STAGE FOLLIES

    published February 25, 2009

    What good is it sitting alone in your room when you could come and listen to Jerome Kern's music and P.G. Wodehouse and Anne Caldwell's lyrics?... More >>

  • Russian Dress-Up For Uncle Vanya and Leah's Train

    published February 18, 2009

    When Maxim Gorky witnessed a production of Uncle Vanya in 1898, he wrote to Chekhov: "[I] wept like a female, though I'm far from being... More >>

  • Leslie Lee Goes Underground With The Book of Lambert

    published February 18, 2009

    The Bible contains some pretty oddball passages—the Revelations alone argue for the ancient existence of LSD. The Book of... More >>

  • DARING TO DREAM

    published February 18, 2009

    When Martin Luther King Jr. offered his "I have a dream" speech, the FBI began to dream, too—about how they could discredit this man, who... More >>

  • CRACKING UP

    published February 18, 2009

    If you’re old enough to have a quarter-life crisis, apparently you’re also old enough to write a musical about it. Writer-performers... More >>

  • MAKING AN IMPRESSION

    published February 18, 2009

    As Michael Jacobs is best known as the creator of Charles in Charge and My Two Dads, it’s interesting that he’s turned his gaze to . . .... More >>

  • FAMILY TIES

    published February 18, 2009

    Yasmina Reza’s play concerns two bourgeois couples deciding what to do about their sons. Christine Lahti, Annie Potts, Jimmy Smits, and Ken... More >>

  • ROCK ON

    published February 18, 2009

    Music and Lyrics didn’t rock the box office and Everything’s Turning Into Beautiful, from a few seasons ago, wasn’t pretty. But... More >>

  • SHAKESPEARE FOR TWEENS

    published February 18, 2009

    Children are never too young for a taste of Shakespeare. Or maybe they are. The New Victory Theater, New York’s premier kiddie venue, will... More >>

  • OFF THE TRACK

    published February 18, 2009

    With rumored fare hikes and whispers of reduced service, the MTA isn’t making riders feel too jolly. But when a subway car stalls, the... More >>

  • CURB YOUR TEEN

    published February 18, 2009

    Zooman is a juvenile delinquent of the first order, warped by nature and nurture. When he commits an atrocious act, a neighborhood Dad posts a... More >>

  • COOL ROMANCE

    published February 18, 2009

    In the Bridge Project’s previous entry, The Cherry Orchard, the English played the nobles and the Americans the servants. Director Sam Mendes... More >>

  • Flyovers Presents a Ho-Hum Ohio Honey Trap

    published February 11, 2009

    Debate still rages over whether narratives rely on three basic plots, seven, 20, or possibly as many as 36. Whatever that number, a film critic... More >>

  • Odd Guy, Nice Pix in Disfarmer

    published February 11, 2009

    A tornado may have blown Dorothy to the glittering land of Oz, but in Dan Hurlin's biographical puppet play Disfarmer, a twister... More >>

  • HOLD THE LINE

    published February 11, 2009

    Hello? Who is this? Oh, it’s you—that new production from the Foundry. You’re an adaptation of Avital Ronell’s philosophic... More >>

  • STRINGS ATTACHED

    published February 11, 2009

    You can wear your fashionable three-corner chapeaus to this production by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, inspired by the Jewish... More >>

  • WHAT'S COOKING?

    published February 11, 2009

    Can I get a Six Point ale, a plate of sliders, and a six-character play? That last item is actually on the menu—or, at least, in the... More >>

  • WE WERE SOLDIERS

    published February 11, 2009

    The three senescent soldiers who form the company of Gerald Sibleyras’s comedy Heroes appear to have taken the message of David Bowie’s... More >>

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