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2011 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • Hypnotik: The Seer Will Doctor You Now: Mixed Signals

    published December 28, 2011

    What is theater but an exercise in mind control? Night after night, susceptible audiences succumb to the belief that a few chairs represent a... More >>

  • DAYS OF OUR LIVES

    published December 28, 2011

    If Daniel Kitson approached you on the street or at a bar, you might be forgiven for edging away. Pudgy, slovenly, with a heavy beard and a slight... More >>

  • Kissing Sid James

    published December 21, 2011

    Carry on, British theater. The newest entry at 59E59’s Brits Off-Broadway concerns an unlikely pair of not-yet lovers who decamp to a... More >>

  • Farm Boy

    published December 21, 2011

    Did you ever wonder what happened to Joey and Albert at the conclusion of War Horse? Happily Michael Morpurgo supplied a sequel, which New... More >>

  • LUCK OF THE IRISH

    published December 21, 2011

    A guy, a girl, a guitar, and a movie that went on to gross 100 times its budget—that’s the formula for Once, a new musical about a... More >>

  • SMALL WONDERS

    published December 21, 2011

    Woody Allen is a not a tall man. Perhaps only 5’5”. That vertical limitation has never kept him down, but perhaps it's made him more... More >>

  • STEEP THOUGHTS

    published December 21, 2011

    Katori Hall’s two-hander is set hours before Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. In a Memphis hotel room, King (Samuel L. Jackson)... More >>

  • The Road to Mecca

    published December 21, 2011

    Tony winner Athol Fugard’s play follows the widowed Miss Helen (Rosemary Harris) as she tries to turn her South African garden into "a city... More >>

  • Wearing Lorca's Bowtie

    published December 14, 2011

    Federico Garcia Lorca wrote, “New York is something awful, something monstrous. I like to walk the streets, lost, but I recognize that New... More >>

  • Derby Day

    published December 14, 2011

    A fine day at the races? Don’t bet on it. Samuel Brett Williams’s new play, staged by the Camisade Theatre Company, concerns three... More >>

  • Friends Don't Let Friends

    published December 14, 2011

    Say what you will of Henrik Ibsen, but he wasn’t a particularly jokey playwright. Yet that hasn’t stopped playwrights James Presson... More >>

  • The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular

    published December 14, 2011

    Wassup, wassailers? For the fourth straight year, young composer Joe Iconis takes over Ars Nova. Iconis and his singers offer a boozy, barbed take... More >>

  • James X

    published December 14, 2011

    Gerard Mannix Flynn writes and performs this indictment of the Irish state in a one-man show that the critic of the Irish Times hailed as a... More >>

  • Venus in Fur

    published December 14, 2011

    Shiny boots of leather stomp on to Broadway in David Ives’s artful adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s erotic novel. Nina Arianda... More >>

  • A HARSH LAND

    published December 14, 2011

    When W.B. Yeats spoke of arising and going to Innisfree, it sounded a rather nice place: full of honeybees, crickets, and lapping waters. But the... More >>

  • Naked Holidays

    published December 14, 2011

    When you think about it, the figure most associated with Christmas--jolly St. Nick--is very snugly dressed indeed: suit, buckled shoes, jaunty... More >>

  • Neighbourhood Watch

    published December 14, 2011

    Alan Ayckbourn has long allowed delighted audiences to spy on the lives of middle-class Brits. But in this new play (his 75th!), the Brits are... More >>

  • Jackie Hoffman's A Chanukah Charol

    published December 14, 2011

    Jackie Hoffman’s take on holiday classics has a distinct odor of gefilte fish. In this Hebraic take on Dickens, Joe’s Pub regular... More >>

  • John Fleck Blows in With Mad Women

    published December 7, 2011

    There are gale-force winds with less vigor than John Fleck displays in his dynamic, discursive solo show Mad Women. Though Fleck... More >>

  • The Cherry Orchard Gets Some Pruning

    published December 7, 2011

    When Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard debuted at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904, no one could decide just what sort of a play it... More >>

  • John Hurt Plays Krapp's Last Tape

    published December 7, 2011

    John Hurt’s shoes squeak—extravagantly, appallingly—protesting every step he takes around the BAM Harvey stage. There, in a... More >>

  • Stick Fly Goes Buggy for Broadway

    published December 7, 2011

    Taylor (Tracy Thoms) has a very nice pair of legs, but she prefers studying creatures with six of them, chiefly musca domestica, the common house... More >>

  • Post Office Only Delivers So-So

    published December 7, 2011

    The U.S. Postal Service owes more than 9 billion dollars. It plans to shutter many locations and suspend Saturday delivery. It may close entirely.... More >>

  • Little Lord's Babes in Toyland

    published December 7, 2011

    Off-Off-Broadway theater likes to goose its spectators--with flirtation, with provocation, and sometimes, with an Goose, here played by Talking... More >>

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    Holiday Guide: Arts Picks

    published November 23, 2011

    Film Feeling less than delighted about your New Year's plans? Chances are they aren't as grim as Charlie Chaplin's. In its 1925... More >>

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