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2011 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • Milk Like Sugar

    published October 5, 2011

    You might think that the dissemination of 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom would send most adolescents racing for the nearest dose of... More >>

  • The Blue Flower

    published October 5, 2011

    If rising air travel costs have curtailed your plans for a European jaunt, consider buying a ticket to The Blue Flower instead. This Second Stage... More >>

  • Dancing at Lughnasa

    published October 5, 2011

    In his long career, Brian Friel has made countless spectators step to the music of his lyrical, searing dramas. There’s even a chance to... More >>

  • Sprung Awakening

    published September 28, 2011

    In Chad Beckim's After, Monty (Alfredo Narciso), newly released from prison, remains in self-imposed solitary. Home in Sunnyside,... More >>

  • SNEAK A PEEK

    published September 28, 2011

    “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive!” exclaims William Wordsworth in his “The Prelude.” But you don’t have to get up... More >>

  • Lush Valley Maybe Welcomes You

    published September 14, 2011

    In most Western countries, gaining citizenship can take months, if not years. But Lush Valley—a collaboration among director Kristin... More >>

  • The Lapsburgh Layover's Trippy Theater

    published September 14, 2011

    Ah, the delights of Lapsburgh: its castles, its discotheques, its 16 varieties of sheep. You won’t find it on most maps, so imagine this... More >>

  • Bad Magic Is a Good Trick at Philly Live Arts

    published September 14, 2011

    Do you believe in magic? Just a two-hour bus ride away, the Philly Fringe is conjuring some choice effects. Like our own fringe, this celebration... More >>

  • MAMMA MIA!

    published September 14, 2011

    Put on a scarf, button up your coat, and don’t forget to bring your lunch box to this ensemble piece from Primary Stages, in which 13... More >>

  • Fall Arts: Theater Picks

    published September 7, 2011

    The Mountaintop Performances begin September 22 Shortly before he died, Martin Luther King Jr. made a speech belittling... More >>

  • Fall Arts: Playwright Jordan Harrison's Simple Plan: "Maple and Vine"

    published September 7, 2011

    Does Jordan Harrison despise the modern world? The 34-year-old playwright seemed at ease on a recent Tuesday in Madison Square Park, reclining... More >>

  • A REPORTER'S LIFE

    published September 7, 2011

    In his first column on the abuse of Abner Louima, a series for which he would win a Pulitzer, tabloid reporter Mike McAlary wrote, “Be very... More >>

  • Captain Ferguson's School for Balloon Warfare Wants to Get High

    published August 31, 2011

    Captain Ferguson's School for Balloon Warfare at 59E59 Theaters is full of hot air. Deliberately. Playwright Isaac Rathbone has chanced... More >>

  • Buried Alive! A Matchbox Theatre Has an Inter Mission

    published August 31, 2011

    In the 19th century, fear of premature interment motivated countless coffin innovations. Artisans created sarcophagi with bells, whistles, and... More >>

  • THE NAME GAME

    published August 31, 2011

    Shaleeha G'ntamobi's new play is generating a lot of buzz. And why not? Isn't everyone eager to acclaim a new African-American female voice and... More >>

  • All's Fare in Bluebird

    published August 24, 2011

    In this country, we drive on the right. But British actor Simon Russell Beale, who plays a London cabbie in the Atlantic's revival of Simon... More >>

  • FINAL COUNTDOWN

    published August 24, 2011

    J. Stehen Brantley drops the ball in his new play, set on New Year’s Eve in 1983. Protagonist Martin is hoping for a quiet evening in, but... More >>

  • The New York International Fringe Festival: A Roundup Review

    published August 17, 2011

    How little you need to make a play: one actor, one audience member. Or, as in the case of this year's Yeast Nation at the New York... More >>

  • "Summer Shorts" Exposes Its Briefs

    published August 17, 2011

    A witch, a decapitated woman, some champagne-soaked revelers, and a disconsolate Jewish family walk into a theater. It sounds like the set-up to a... More >>

  • PRETTY WOMAN

    published August 17, 2011

    Taking a model home seems a smart proposition: They’re lovely, they’re elegant, they take up hardly any space, and don’t cost much... More >>

  • THE GREAT DIVIDE

    published August 17, 2011

    Claims that we live in a post-racial society are usually good for a chuckle or two, but in the world of this new play by Terence Patrick Hughes... More >>

  • IMAGINE

    published August 17, 2011

    Will audiences sleep better knowing there’s a new festival in town? Now in its second year, this Theater for the New City celebration... More >>

  • UNDER THE SEA

    published August 17, 2011

    Fans of the Disney version may want to brace themselves for this outdoor production based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. (Spoiler... More >>

  • SAFE LANDING

    published August 17, 2011

    The Bereseker Residents’ last show, the sci-fi spoof The Annihilation Point, concerned space and time travel. This time, they’ve... More >>

  • MAKING MAYHEM

    published August 17, 2011

    Fiasco Theater, a cohort of six Brown alums, practices a frolicsome form of poor theater. On a stage, bare except for two blocks and a trunk, they... More >>

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