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2010 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • Spring Guide: Theater

    published March 24, 2010

    In Bellona, a city somewhere in the Midwest, a disaster has occurred. The few citizens remaining negotiate an urban space in which scientific... More >>

  • North Atlantic's Marine Creatures

    published March 24, 2010

    Douglas MacArthur once boasted of the U.S. Marines, "There is not a finer fighting organization in the world!" Clearly, the general's... More >>

  • Circus Porn-icus: Caligula Maximus

    published March 24, 2010

    Call it "The Tyrant Love Rock Musical." Or, perhaps, considering the ample display of shaved chests and pudenda, re-title it... More >>

  • GREEK 911

    published March 24, 2010

    The new dance-theater work Rescue Me is not a balletic version of the popular FX series about beleaguered firefighters. (A shame, perhaps.... More >>

  • THE BARD GOES SHOPPING

    published March 24, 2010

    Something is hygienic in Denmark—and fully climate-controlled, and close to a number of retail and dining outlets. Hamlet has often... More >>

  • ROCK THE WHITE HOUSE

    published March 16, 2010

    With health care mired, the budget troubled, and the recession taking its sweet time ceasing, perhaps it's time for President Obama to . . . sing?... More >>

  • Playing Politics In Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers and Lenin's Embalmers

    published March 16, 2010

    Karl Marx famously claimed that world-historic facts appear twice—"the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce." Marx knew plenty... More >>

  • RAISING THE BAR?

    published March 16, 2010

    In a 2005 discussion, Stephen Sondheim said, “The dumbing down of the country reflects itself on Broadway. The shows get dumber, and the... More >>

  • HOW NOVEL

    published March 16, 2010

    Godlight Theater Company is rather novel. Their past works include adaptations of literary works such as 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five,... More >>

  • THE KNAVE ABIDES

    published March 16, 2010

    Who is the Dude? What is he? Filmmaker Adam Bertocci has whipped up a cocktail far stranger than a White Russian, a mixture of Shakespeare’s... More >>

  • BAD LEPRECHAUN

    published March 16, 2010

    Perhaps a particularly malevolent leprechaun is to blame, but it has long been rumored that Irishmen boast very short rainbows (and no pots of... More >>

  • The Duchess of Malfi and A Behanding in Spokane

    published March 9, 2010

    "I know death hath ten thousand several doors," says the Duchess of Malfi, "for men to take their exits." For 2,400 years, the theater... More >>

  • KEEP THE PEACE

    published March 9, 2010

    It's a hot time in the Cold War as the Wooster Group prepares to revive North Atlantic, a piece by James Strahs that debuted in 1983 and... More >>

  • UNDER PRESSURE

    published March 9, 2010

    Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks's 2002 Pulitzer Prize–winning drama Topdog/Underdog explored the lives of two brothers and their troubled... More >>

  • BLACK MAGIC

    published March 9, 2010

    Red Bull Theater once again takes revenge on dull dramatics with a revival of a exhilarating Jacobean tragedy. John Webster’s wonderfully... More >>

  • HEAVENLY DELIGHT

    published March 9, 2010

    Radiohole has never shied away from wonderfully scandalous theater—nudity, drunkenness, exploding commodes. And what could be more shocking... More >>

  • GETTIN' LOOPY

    published March 9, 2010

    Tallulah Bankhead once drawled, “If you really want to help the American theater, don't be an actress, dahling. Be an audience.”... More >>

  • On the Impious Mash-Up Whatever Heaven Allows (WHA?!)

    published March 2, 2010

    Fortunately, John Milton is dead, so he will never see the scrumptious travesty that Radiohole's Whatever Heaven Allows (WHA?!) makes of... More >>

  • Performer Tom Murrin Gets Reflective in The Talking Show

    published March 2, 2010

    Tom Murrin, the Alien Comic, has been an altar boy, a teenage magician, an L.A. trial lawyer, a vanguard playwright, an itinerant juggler, a... More >>

  • TFANA's Measure for Measure

    published February 23, 2010

    William Shakespeare borrowed his title Measure for Measure from the Book of Matthew: "Judge not, that ye be not judged," intones Jesus,... More >>

  • The Upper West Side Meets the West Bank in Palestine

    published February 23, 2010

    For much of Palestine, you might be forgiven for confusing Najla Saïd's autobiographical monologue with an episode of Gossip... More >>

  • You're Welcome: A Cycle of Bad Plays Is Pretty Good

    published February 16, 2010

    Smoke gets in your eyes—OK, maybe not smoke precisely, but a faceful of glycol solution, atomized in mineral oil and pumped into the... More >>

  • Charles L. Mee Gets Naughty with Fêtes de la Nuit

    published February 16, 2010

    Charles L. Mee plants a sloppy kiss on the City of Lights in Fêtes de la Nuit. Mee, who portrayed 1890s Paris in Belle... More >>

  • Ohio Theatre to Close August 31

    published February 16, 2010

    For the past 29 years, the Ohio Theatre, a former pin factory located at 66 Wooster Street in Soho, has played host to some of the city’s... More >>

  • On the Creepy Feminist Drama Trifles

    published February 9, 2010

    Susan Glaspell's 1916 play Trifles appears in anthologies as an example of American realism and feminist drama. But Brooke O'Harra,... More >>

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