Author: Alexis Soloski

  • Billy Crudup, Off-Broadway’s Accidental Seducer

    Billy Crudup didn’t mean to seduce you. In the fall and then again in the spring, he played the criminally charming (and sometimes just plain criminal) title character in David Cale’s Harry Clarke. As Harry Clarke is a solo show, Crudup played all the other characters, too. He wanted to thrill, to terrify, to delight, to persuade. But […]

  • Heartfelt and a Little Raucous, the Obies Are Still the Best Awards Show in Town

    “No one’s a loser,” the actress Laura Benanti said at the 63rd Annual Obie awards, which were held last night at Terminal 5. “Because this is the theater and everyone’s a loser!” Then she threw some diapers into the crowd. Heartfelt, raucous, and occasionally lewd, the awards, co-produced by the American Theater Wing and the […]

  • Anna Deavere Smith Strives Toward a More Perfect Union

    Anna Deavere Smith would like you to watch Notes From the Field, her one-woman documentary drama that will screen on HBO Saturday night — not that she thinks this is enough. “I don’t like passive observance,” she said on a recent afternoon. A tireless performer and a woman of great social conscience, Smith might be […]

  • The Year in Theater: These 7 Performances Displayed the Miracle of Great Acting

    Emma is a seagull. Or maybe she is an actress. She is definitely a problem. In People, Places & Things, Emma has lost her place in the script, and to see her stumble around the stage, fluffing her cues and botching her lines, is to feel a growing horror. Because bad acting is an injury, […]

  • As Congress Mulls Bill to Outlaw Israel Boycotts, the Real Experts Weigh In

    As reported Wednesday in numerous outlets, a group of 43 Democratic and Republican U.S. senators have teamed up to introduce a bill, drafted with the help of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, that would make any support for boycotts of Israel over its occupation of the West Bank a felony, subject to fines of up […]

  • Rachel Chavkin and Rebecca Taichman Discuss Broadway’s Gender Gap

    The directors Rachel Chavkin and Rebecca Taichman spent most of last Thursday at a series of press events for the Tony Awards. Chavkin is nominated for Best Direction of a Musical (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), Taichman for Best Direction of a Play (Indecent). Arriving at the Paramount Hotel, they were tired, […]

  • 24 Hours In The Catskills

    Graham & Co.

    Take the short, steep, mildly treacherous hike up to Kaaterskill Falls, and you’ll find a rushing cataract that plunges 260 feet in two lacy drops. You’ll also see one of the most painted views of the nineteenth century, a favored subject of the Hudson River School, an art movement that ruled American visual culture for […]

  • J.T. Rogers’s Journey To Oslo Started In The East Village

    A few weeks ago, the playwright J.T. Rogers arrived early to an interview and texted to say he was already on East 10th Street, “deep in nostalgia.” Rogers had spent the morning at a press event that celebrated the seven Tony nominations for Oslo, his play that began Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse […]

  • Recap: Joy And Resistance Abided At The 2017 Obies

    “Theater is live,” barked the comedian Lea DeLaria. “It’s visceral. It’s honest. It’s unique, right?” Yes, ma’am! DeLaria hollered these words after making a blissfully obscene joke about Melania Trump, but before a chorus boy wearing only a sequined fig leaf joined her onstage. (“He’s naked for no reason!” DeLaria said.) Later she cavorted in […]

  • Breaking “Sweat”: How a Blue-Collar Drama Crossed Over to the Great White Way

    On a recent morning, a few days before the Broadway opening of Sweat, the playwright Lynn Nottage and the director Kate Whoriskey were having breakfast at a Brooklyn restaurant. “I think it’s important for us to taste the food on other people’s tables,” Nottage said. Nearby diners could enjoy their avocado toast without fear. Nottage, […]