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2013 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • #Coriolanus

    published July 10, 2013

    Shakespeare isn’t often a trending topic on Twitter (well, not unless Richard III suddenly shows up in an English car park), but Theater in... More >>

  • 4Chambers

    published July 10, 2013

    With its lush lawns, decaying, and abandoned houses, Governor’s Island can feel like a performance installation even before the first actor... More >>

  • Brecht in the Park

    published July 10, 2013

    Does all that foliage and fresh air have you feeling alienated? Then you may be the perfect spectator for Elephant Run District’s evening of... More >>

  • I Hope They Serve Beer on Broadway

    published July 10, 2013

    Surely the author of The Definitive Book of Pick-Up Lines and Assholes Finish First is just the sort of sophisticated and urbane voice that New... More >>

  • The Castle

    published July 10, 2013

    Today soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan often experience anxiety, stress, and difficulties readjusting to civilian life. Apparently, it... More >>

  • Rogerandtom

    published July 10, 2013

    Julien Schwab’s pomo drama, which features an actor playing an audience member playing a character who may also be the show’s... More >>

  • A Singing Group Strives for Harmony in Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy

    published July 3, 2013

    We sing to celebrate, we sing to mourn. We sing for comfort, for grace, to set ourselves apart and to merge with others. These myriad uses of... More >>

  • My Machine is Powered by Clocks

    published July 3, 2013

    Step into the future with SIGHTLINE theater company. In this speculative drama by B. Walker Sampson, time travel is now possible. But an... More >>

  • GOING BANANAS

    published July 3, 2013

    You shouldn’t confuse monkeys and gorillas. Gorillas are larger and stronger. Monkeys are often longer-lived and some have tails. But... More >>

  • POWER PLAYER

    published July 3, 2013

    When fiction writers wanted a villain, they used to turn to rakes, bandits, pirates, and highwaymen. But these days, we prefer bankers and fat... More >>

  • DEEP FREEZE

    published June 26, 2013

    If you can’t stand the heat, get into the air conditioning. The Ohio Theater’s Ice Factory used to be something of a... More >>

  • Reasons to Be Happy, in Which Neil LaBute May Hate Inanimate Objects

    published June 19, 2013

    A box of ice cream sandwiches suffers a vicious assault in Neil LaBute's Reasons to Be Happy, produced by MCC. As does a vending... More >>

  • Venice Unites Rap and Shakespeare, Shakily

    published June 19, 2013

    Composer-lyricist Matt Sax loves hip-hop. He also loves Shakespeare. These enthusiasms unite—not always smoothly—in Venice,... More >>

  • Roadkill Places Its Audience in Perilous Proximity to its Violations

    published June 19, 2013

    Are you sitting comfortably? Then you are not attending Cora Bissett's Roadkill, a site-specific screed against human trafficking... More >>

  • Lively Speech Buoys Somewhere Fun

    published June 12, 2013

    The playwright Jenny Schwartz savors words the way a more indolent person might gorge on bonbons—delighting in language's sound, shape,... More >>

  • John Guare Looks to the East in 3 Kinds of Exile

    published June 12, 2013

    At 75, many a man might reasonably think of retirement. Instead, John Guare has embarked on a fresh career. In 3 Kinds of Exile, the... More >>

  • SMALL WONDERS

    published June 12, 2013

    Puppets, action figures, dolls, sticks, bits of cloth: Does this sound like kid’s stuff? How wrong you are. For 10 years, St. Ann’s... More >>

  • SONGS FOR THE HEART

    published June 12, 2013

    The modernist master Charles Ives died in 1954, though he had ceased composing almost 30 years before. Now, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater debuts... More >>

  • Far From Heaven Stays Strictly Earthbound; Classic Stage Company Revives Caucasian Chalk Circle

    published June 5, 2013

    Don't bother bringing tissues to Far From Heaven, the chilly musical adaptation of Todd Haynes's 2002 film. Haynes updated a classic... More >>

  • CHILL OUT

    published June 5, 2013

    Jen Silverman’s play Phoebe in Winter, the centerpiece of Clubbed Thumb’s annual Summerworks Festival, isn’t exactly local or... More >>

  • SPECIAL DELIVERY

    published June 5, 2013

    Spiraling debt, closures, and proposed termination of Saturday service plague the postal service. (Really, things have gone downhill ever since... More >>

  • Murder Ballad and The Weir Go Beyond the Grave; John Turturro Plays House at BAM

    published May 29, 2013

    Theaters are haunted places. Specters are said to lurk in dressing rooms, phantoms in the fly space. Even the most unsuperstitious houses leave... More >>

  • RAPPER'S DELIGHT

    published May 29, 2013

    Othello features perhaps the most moving song in the Shakespeare canon, Desdemona’s “Willow.” So perhaps it’s no... More >>

  • A BEAUTIFUL MIND

    published May 29, 2013

    In an interview with the New York Times 20 years ago, Susan Sontag remarked, “All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up.”... More >>

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    Theater Summer Guide: In Mr. Burns, A Post-apocalyptic World Is Held Together Only by The Simpsons

    published May 22, 2013

    A few years ago, a playwright, a director, and seven actors sheltered together in a disused bank vault far below Wall Street. Huddled behind a... More >>

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