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A Canadian Tribute to an American Hero Comes to NYC, an Interview With Mark Hellman

October 29, 2019

By Lauren Wiener, Public Relations Coordinator, All About Solo   When renowned American folksinger and social activist Pete Seeger died in 2014

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Laying it All Bare, an Interview With Jake Boston

September 14, 2019

By Cynthia Darling, Staff Writer, All About Solo   Like any free, creative soul, Jake Boston realizes that the world is his oyster. He has

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Following the Comedic Voices in Her Head, an Interview With Nancy Redman

September 11, 2019

By Cynthia Darling, Staff Writer, All About Solo   Actress/playwright/stand-up comedian Nancy Redman returns to the United Solo Theatre Festival

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Ed Asner Cuts Loose in “A Man and His Prostate”

November 13, 2019

By Dana Zhang   Ed Asner has won seven Primetime Emmy Awards ‑ more than any other male actor ‑ and five Golden Globes. To

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“Blindsided” by Brilliance

November 9, 2019

By Alex Miller   Life comes at you fast, and sometimes blindsiding is the only way to describe when it hits you, like a subscription to

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The Resiliency of Hope in “So Shines a Good Deed”

November 9, 2019

By Emily Twines   “So Shines a Good Deed,” a storytelling performance by Mark Redmond, offers a glimmer of hope in

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“In Order to Sleep Peacefully” Debates Assassination

November 9, 2019

By Leia Squillace   From the jump, Patric Madden and Roxane Revon’s adaptation of the nineteenth‑century drama, “Lorenzaccio,”

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“What It Means to Be Free”: An Exploration through Verbatim Theatre

November 8, 2019

By Emily Twines   “What It Means to Be Free,” created and performed by Willow Lautenberg at United Solo, is a piece of documentary theatre

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“Milkdrunk”: Spoken-Word Dance Prose Poem of Motherhood

November 8, 2019

By Cynthia Darling   Cathleen O’Malley’s “Milkdrunk” is a forthright examination of giving birth and becoming a new mother. No passive

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There’s Something Sour About “Warm Cheese”

November 7, 2019

By Alex Miller   Our lives are a series of memories, rituals, items, and the memories of other people. For Teresa Thome, her

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“Spiral” Proves There is Beauty Near the Vortex

November 7, 2019

By Alex Miller   What’s in a name? Hotness, apparently. If you’re questioning that premise, so is our protagonist after a hot man

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“Step Mama Drama” Explores the Challenges of Step-Parenthood

November 7, 2019

By Danielle Crean   In “Step Mama Drama,” Allison Hetzel shares stories about step‑motherhood, and the strange comments she’s had to

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“Lemons,” an Exploration of Living with Lupus

November 6, 2019

By Molly Shimko   In “Lemons,” Rebecca Gever explores her mother’s relationship to lupus, and this is where the piece most shines.

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“Geli and Uncle Alf” Gives a Voice to the Forgotten, But What Does It Have to Say?

November 6, 2019

By James Bartholomew   Geli Raubal is in love with a certain someone. He’s authoritative and powerful, yet gentle and kind. A cultured

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Endings and Beginnings in “Has Anybody Seen Debbie?”

November 6, 2019

By Allyce Morrissey   She calls her 90‑minute one‑woman show a “traum‑edy.” And she knows, before you remind her,

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The Magician Returns in “Houdini”

November 6, 2019

By Alex Miller   If you haven’t heard of Harry Houdini, you must have been born yesterday. The illusionist, stuntman, and escapist

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More Than Just a “Figurehead”

November 5, 2019

By Alex Miller   A figurehead, the literal object, is a wooden decoration at the bow of a ship, often depicted in films

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“Life Encounters 2” Makes You Emotional. . . and Want Chinese Food

November 5, 2019

By Danielle Crean   “Life Encounters 2” is a raw and emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish. The 45‑minute show,

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“It’s Fine, I’m Fine” Is an Exercise in Humanity

November 5, 2019

By Laura Mullaney   Stephanie Everett is more perceptive than most college students I’ve come across. Stephanie Everett also has a brain

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“Just for Fun: A Pop-Up Magic Show” is a Wild Time

November 5, 2019

By Danielle Crean   Some magicians set themselves apart by performing unusual tricks, while others perform variations on familiar tricks with

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“A Rose Called Candace”: Smiling Through the Trauma

November 5, 2019

By Donasia Sykes   “My name is Candace Nicholas‑Lippman. Born in Baltimore, raised in Sacramento. I love Jesus, spoken word, acting. Always

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Hollows and Hope in “Hollow/Wave”

November 5, 2019

By Allyce Morrissey   A hollow is not a hole, but a place of opportunity. That is what writer‑performer Anu Bhatt has come to

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“A Bunch of Different Ways I’d Like to Die” is Witty, Challenging and Cathartic

November 2, 2019

By Christopher Popple   Tim McDonough shuffles onto the stage, dressed conservatively. The first time he speaks, his voice is soft and

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“A Woman of the World,” A Contemporary of Emily Dickinson

November 1, 2019

By Patricia Contino   Emily Dickinson wrote her poems in pencil on scraps of paper. So, it’s no surprise that her scattered legacy, created in

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“Lilly,” the First Latina Radio City Music Hall Rockette

November 1, 2019

By Molly Shimko   The vibrant Latin pre‑show music hinted at the world we were about to inhabit. as we anticipated the story of

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“Equally Divine,” the Inspirational and Captivating Story of the Mona Lisa

October 31, 2019

By Danielle Crean   “Equally Divine” was one of the greatest performances I have seen at United Solo thus far. I didn’t want it

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“Music Lessons” Teaches More About the Art of Comedy

October 31, 2019

By Mikey Miller   Upon walking into the fourth‑floor theater space at Theatre Row, I found something I had yet to see during

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“Chalk” Is a Silent Show Full of Sound

October 31, 2019

By Mikey Miller   New York has its very own Charlie Chaplin! In the beautiful 99‑seat off‑off‑Broadway

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“Don Carlos: Prince of Asturias” Sheds Light on an Oft-Pushed Aside Historical Royal

October 30, 2019

By Mikey Miller   Incessant inbreeding undoubtedly marred the lives of many a European royal during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries,

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“The Book of Mamaw” is a Delightful, Touching Story of Love, Family and Music

October 30, 2019

By Melanie Weir   A young boy who loved performing and Barbra Streisand, born in Greeneville, Tennessee in 1953, and raised by his Christian

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“At Wit’s End: A Home for Retired Comics” is EXACTLY as Funny as it Sounds

October 29, 2019

By Melanie Weir   “Do comedians ever retire?” This is the question Nancy Redman asks in her solo performance, “At Wit’s End:

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“Swimming in Mudd” Finds Its Way Out of the Goo

October 29, 2019

By Mikey Miller   The lights rise on a man, Arthur, clad in full pro athletic gear, bicycling near the George Washington Bridge. He is

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“Don’t Call Me Young Lady!”: A Journey of Self-Acceptance and Sexuality

October 29, 2019

By Donasia Sykes   Carolyn Meyer spent her whole life being defined by other people. Now, she’s defining herself. Discussing her past and her

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“Tales of Modern Motherhood, Part 2: Gender and Identity” Breaks Out of the Box

October 29, 2019

By Laura Mullaney   Decked out in shimmery leggings with stars on them, and sparkly earrings to match, Pam Levin quite literally shines as she

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The Hilarious, Heartfelt Tales of a Biracial Woman in “Confessions of a Mulatto Love Child”

October 22, 2019

By Yani Perez   “Confessions of a Mulatto Love Child,” written and performed by Bellina Logan, is a skillfully crafted, directed and

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A Movie Star and Nazi Fighter in “Hedy Lamarr: Born in Ecstasy”

October 22, 2019

By Patricia Contino   The real lives of several early Hollywood starlets are more interesting than their on‑screen personas.

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From One Generation to the Next: Women’s History Retold in “Digging in Their Heels”

October 22, 2019

By Cynthia Darling   Come along for a rollicking dive into the history of women’s suffrage, updated to fit our 21st‑century

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Outlook Good for “Magic 8 Ball: My Life With Asperger’s”

October 22, 2019

By Chance Morgan   ​“Normal” is a word that by its nature should not have much meaning. However, for many people, that word represents

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A Bronx Public School Teacher Learns in “The MisEducation of Ms. Freeman”

October 22, 2019

By Kia Standard   While the audience settles into their seats, Jay‑Z’s rendition of “Hard Knock Life” plays in

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“Count On Me” is a Loving Tale of the Joy a Dog Can Bring

October 22, 2019

By Danielle Crean   “Count on Me: A Girl and Her Dog” depicts a year in the life of Brynne and her dog Prince. Although Brynne, played

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“The Asylum Project” Shows That Refuge Isn’t Always Comfortable

October 20, 2019

By Alex Miller   In a small corner, a shawled woman‑actress, educator, director Elizabeth Mozer‑ruffles through photos,

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“That Wonder Boy,” a Lighthearted Romp Through an Actor’s Life

October 20, 2019

By Matt D’Silva   “That Wonder Boy” starts as a satirical look at a farming couple that wants to have a child, but

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A Father’s Reverence and Awe in “As Soon as You’re Born (They Make You Feel Small)”

October 20, 2019

By Cynthia Darling   Jeremy Rishe starts his evocative show “As Soon as You’re Born (They Make You Feel Small)” by mingling

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Caught Between Turntables in “Temples of Lung and Air”

October 20, 2019

By Cynthia Darling   Kane Smego’s show “Temples of Lung and Air” dazzles. He cracks his heart open to give an honest look at how

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“How I Found an Affordable Apartment on the Upper West Side…” Is a Gleeful Ticket to the Past

October 20, 2019

By Mikey Miller   Remember the 1990s? Those were the days before cell phones, when VCRs were in style and Clinton was in

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“An Evening With Tennessee Williams” Well Spent

October 20, 2019

By Chance Morgan   Tennessee Williams is best remembered as the Pulitzer‑winning playwright of “The Glass Menagerie,” “Cat on

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“Model Recall” Shows What It Takes to Make it in New York

October 19, 2019

By Mikey Miller   The lights rise, and we see a naked man traversing an invisible tightrope. The man is

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“Harlem On My Mind” Drop-Off

October 19, 2019

By Kia Standard   As the audience settles into the theater, the stage is set with an upright bass, a drum set, and a small piano,

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Evan Handler in Dialogue With His Past in “Time on Fire: A Comedy of Terrors (Redux)”

October 18, 2019

By Cynthia Darling   In “Time On Fire: A Comedy of Terrors (Redux),” Evan Handler enters into conversation with who he was at

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Owning Her Role as “The Designated Daughter”

October 14, 2019

By Cynthia Darling   Victoria Podesta wasn’t meant to be a caregiver. As she and her own sister point out, she doesn’t like

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Racy Frenchman Croons Beautifully in “Pardon My French!”

October 14, 2019

By Melanie Weir   A dark stage. One light shines on a pianist in a bowtie, who plays a graceful introduction. He

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“American Captives” is a Call for Justice

October 10, 2019

By Allyce Morrissey   “American Captives” may seem like an unusual title for a piece about the American

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“All Over the Map” is an Amazing, Unbelievable Journey

October 10, 2019

By James Bartholomew   Not many mimes are known for their storytelling prowess, but not many mimes are Bill Bowers. Once described

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Daily Aggressions Become Lasting Scars in “Crooked Shadows”

October 10, 2019

By Christopher Popple   In “Crooked Shadows,” Shawneen Rowe takes full advantage of the intimate and unfiltered solo form, telling a story that only

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“Roosevelt: Charge the Bear” Gives New Glimpse Into Presidency

October 10, 2019

By Mikey Miller   You might think you know a lot about President Teddy Roosevelt. Perhaps you recognize him as one of America’s greatest

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Miss Havisham @GreatXpectations

October 10, 2019

By Kia Standard   What’s not to love about Miss Havisham, the eccentric spinster from Charles Dickens’s classic novel “Great

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An Irish-American Dream in “The Smuggler”

October 10, 2019

By Allyce Morrissey   It seems simple – a stage set by a stack of three beer cases, one lighting cue, one actor, a couple of beers.

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“Collecting Driftwood”…and Also Hearts

October 9, 2019

By Alex Miller   A multitude of musical instruments: bongos, wind chimes, and a kazoo played by Victor Y. See Yuen. He is

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“Borderline A**hole”: A Borderline Success

October 9, 2019

By Peter Foy   Although the trek to find that special someone can be long, arduous and heartbreaking, this period of yearning

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“In Love with Cancer” is a Bold Hot Take

October 9, 2019

By Danielle Crean   Marylou DiPietro’s “In Love with Cancer” takes the audience through her experience of being diagnosed with

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“First Violin” Plays a Strange and Sweet Melody

October 8, 2019

By James Bartholomew   “The language of music has never been foreign to me,” declares Sean Devare, writer and performer of

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Struggling to Find Hope in “Chaos Theory”

October 6, 2019

By Danielle Crean   As I sat down to watch “Chaos Theory,” I knew the play would probably live up to its title. The set

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An Unsparing Look at Mental Illness and Denial in “I Won’t Be in on Monday”

October 4, 2019

By Danielle Crean   In “I Won’t Be in On Monday,” writer and performer Anne Stockton represents multiple characters

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“400 Years in Manhattan” Both Delights and Educates

October 4, 2019

By Mikey Miller   Entering the fourth‑floor black box at Theatre Row, it’s difficult to believe that you could

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Give Your Cuddle Hormones a Boost at “The Rude Awakening”

October 4, 2019

By Allyce Morrissey   Before you’re allowed to enter “The Rude Awakening,” you have to complete a short “homework assignment”: write

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“The Tall Boy” is a Tale of Post-War Disillusionment

October 3, 2019

By Christopher Popple   Returning to United Solo for its tenth anniversary season, Best Adaptation award winner “The Tall Boy”

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“Move on the Cha-Cha’s” Dances the Night Away

October 2, 2019

By James Bartholomew   No one knows how to work a crowd quite like Diane Ripstein, the writer and performer of “Move on

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“Spectacular Falls” is a Shot of Motherly Advice Set to Fun Music

October 2, 2019

By Melanie Weir   How many different kinds of “falls” do we go through in life? That is the question that Anita Hollander

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Timely and Powerful Lessons in “First by Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune”

October 2, 2019

By Patricia Contino   Teachers teach, even when the KKK comes to burn down your school. That is among the many lessons this master teacher

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“Almost 13” is a Glimpse Into the Life of 1960s Brooklyn

October 1, 2019

By Matt D’Silva   Walking into a theater that is bursting with an audience eagerly awaiting the performance to start is

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A Comic Tale of Identity and Ambition in “3 Men”

October 1, 2019

By Joshua Melendez   In a small black box theatre, center stage, three bar stools are neatly stacked, one on top

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Reaching Past Darkness in “Inheritance: A Litany”

September 30, 2019

By Cynthia Darling   Opening this year’s tenth anniversary season of the United Solo Theatre Festival, Janis Brenner’s profound

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A Riotous Italian‑American Feast in “Blood Type: Ragu”

September 30, 2019

By Alex Miller   We are greeted by a black wall with pictures of daisies on it. Rosemary Clooney’s “Mambo Italiano” plays, and I and my

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David Bowie is the Soundtrack of a Lifetime in “Moonage Daydream”

September 30, 2019

By Danielle Crean   Using music to mark specific events in one’s life is a lovely and creative way to tell a story. In “Moonage

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A Comic Journey Through Infertility in “Inconceivable”

September 29, 2019

By Austin Kaiser   The first thing Meirav Zur did was ask the audience for synonyms for the word “vagina.” “Cooter,” someone

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A Journey Through Goethe’s Faust in “Beat the Devil!”

September 29, 2019

By Molly Shimko   The lofty goal of condensing the tale of Goethe’s “Faust” into one roughly 90‑minute production is no small task, as

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“The Bark and the Tree” is a Transgressive and Personal Documentary Play

September 29, 2019

By Peter Foy   Vivian Nesbitt’s one‑woman show, “The Bark and the Tree,” won the award for Best Documentary Play when

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“Maker of Worlds” is an Uneven Satire of the Gods

September 5, 2019

By Alex Miller   In a small black box theater, the floor, walls, and ceiling set the stage before our performer ever does. The deep black everything

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A Relationship on the Rocks in “Message in a Bottle”

August 21, 2019

By James Bartholomew   At the end of “Message in a Bottle,” writer and performer Michelle Drozdick reassures her audience that

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“We’re Only Alive For a Short Amount of Time” is an Everlasting Masterpiece

July 10, 2019

By Alex Miller   A small black stage is basked in a single beam of calming light. Its current inhabitants are a microphone and

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“I’m Just Kidneying”: Tales of Heroic Love, Gigantic Farts, and Unlikely Connection

June 12, 2019

By Cynthia Darling   Amanda Nicastro has a story to share, and it’s a tale often reserved for doctors’ charts or intimate conversations

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“Twisted Melodies” Make for Heavenly Music

June 5, 2019

By Alex Miller   The first thing you notice about the world‑famous Apollo Theater is the palatial

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“Nothing Here Is Real”: Equal Parts Sophistication and Down-to-Earth Warmth

June 5, 2019

By Cynthia Darling   Just down the stairs inside the new Upper West Side restaurant, the Oxbow Tavern, awaits a theater

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Finding Magic in “The Pink Unicorn”

May 25, 2019

By Kia Standard   According to Wikipedia, the unicorn is a wild creature, a symbol of purity and grace. Its horn has the power to render

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“Entangled” on Mass Shootings and Making Sense of the Universe

May 25, 2019

By Allyce Morrissey   “Entangled” is a play of two interwoven monologues. Greta and Bradley don’t know each other, but their stories are

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“Sexodus”: An Ecstatic Departure

May 7, 2019

By Cynthia Darling With a name like “Sexodus,” it’s got to be good. At once comedy and straightforward sexual awakening how‑to guide,

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Environmental Solutions with a Beat in “Rap Guide to Climate Chaos”

April 17, 2019

By Cynthia Darling   To attend Baba Brinkman’s “Rap Guide to Climate Chaos,” one part of his Rap Guide Trilogy, is to be

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A Young Biracial Man Faces a Black-and-White World in “The Day I Became Black”

April 17, 2019

By Kia Standard   Within the first few moments of “The Day I Became Black,” writer and performer Bill Posley sets the tone of

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“Made in Puerto Rico” Feels Like Home

April 17, 2019

By Kia Standard   It has been over a decade since I last visited the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater Company. The off‑Broadway house, which

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The Accidental Hero: A Woman’s Courageous Journey in “Accidentally Brave”

April 9, 2019

By Kia Standard   There are very few performances that shake you to your core, leaving you breathless. But “Accidentally Brave”

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“Say Something Bunny” is a Deep Dive Into Family History

April 7, 2019

By Alex Miller   S.M. Kobayashi, a young woman who resembles a blend between Devon Aoki and Aubrey Plaza, enters the space.

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“Whore”: A Daughter Speaks Back to Her Misogynist Father

April 6, 2019

By Cynthia Darling   “Don’t be bad, be good!” drawls a disembodied voice laced with mock sexiness at the start of

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Tulis McCall is “At Your Service”

March 22, 2019

By Kia Standard   Seated on a bar stool on a bare stage, drink in hand, Tulis McCall is “At Your Service” in

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Not-So-Random Acts

February 28, 2019

By Mehr Gunawardena   “Random Acts” by Renata Hinrichs is a racially charged performance that shines a light on the experiences of

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Lena Hall: An Audition Master

February 22, 2019

By Kia Standard   Lena Hall’s voice blows your hair back, in a good way; it’s high‑voltage, like travelling through a wind

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LatinXoxo: Virgin, Whore, Matador

February 11, 2019

By Kia Standard   As he enters through the crowd at Joe’s Pub, crowned with a halo of bamboo and roses, Migguel Anggelo is anything

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Getting to the Root of What Divides Us in “Red State Blue State”

February 3, 2019

By James Bartholomew   Colin Quinn doesn’t claim to have all the solutions, but he knows exactly what the problems are. Sex,

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Sex, Drugs, Murder: “Bleach” Leaves a Stain That Won’t Come Out

January 22, 2019

By James Bartholomew   It’s no secret: paying your way in the big city can be a tall order. So, when Tyler –

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“Smoker” is Smooth and Satisfying

January 7, 2019

By Chance Morgan   We may think we know all there is to know about smoking. It’s all around us, both in our lives and in

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There is Nothin’ Like a Dame

January 4, 2019

By Kia Standard   When God created movie stars, Bette Davis was nobody’s ingénue. She was more like a dame, a flawed,

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“Unconventionally Intimate”: Breaking Expectations

January 3, 2019

By Dana Zhang   Writer and actor Alexandra LaPlante says that many people come away from seeing “Unconventionally Intimate”

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A Sensuous and Mysterious Quest at “St. Kilda”

January 3, 2019

By Austin Kaiser   “St. Kilda,” now playing at Torn Page, a performing space in a brownstone on West 22nd Street in

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“Saint Ex” is Aviation Gone Wrong

January 3, 2019

By Alex Miller   Nathan Gebhard walks down the wooden floors of Torn Page, a historic theater in Chelsea. His outfit, designed by

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A Poetic Journey in “Words That Move”

December 17, 2018

By James Bartholomew   Writer and performer Max Stossel has a lot on his mind. Politics, gender, love, sapience, addictions to social media and pornography – just

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Encounter With an “Empath”

December 8, 2018

By James Bartholomew “Empath” is a show brimming with emotions, but most of them are felt by its writer and performer, David Sauvage. That’s because

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“Sink or Swim” Actually Flies

November 21, 2018

By Alex Miller There’s a keyboard‑and‑mic setup, which is the freshest thing I’ve seen in a solo play. A beautiful panoply of

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A Dive Back Down Memory Lane with “Sink or Swim”

November 18, 2018

By James Bartholomew The stressful and steely edge to modern living is enough to get to the best of us occasionally, but thankfully, writer and performer Beverly Elliott

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“Be a Better Dog” is Joyous

November 17, 2018

By Kia Standard What makes a better dog? Is it loyalty, integrity, or courage? “Be A Better Dog” chronicles the life of a lovable canine that

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“Crumbs”: A Story of Sexual Abuse

November 17, 2018

By Donasia Sykes Some years ago, Mihal Grass Sherman met with a theatre director to discuss a potential role. The director touched her knee against her

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681

“A Rude Awakening” Wanked Our Pain Away

November 16, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena This absolutely hilarious performance by Amber Topaz had me aching with laughter. Her energy filled the room with liberation and warmth.

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548

“Gate 64”: Let Me Out!

November 16, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena “Gate 64” starts with an airline announcement. We are soon introduced to Winnie, a self‑described vagrant who spends her

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662

“Wake-up Call” is a Heartwarming and Funny Tale of Loss

November 16, 2018

By Kia Standard After nearly two decades of marriage, Jerry and Kate have their coupledom down to a predictable day‑to‑day routine. Theirs is

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969

Suffering and Sacrifice Made Real in “Knock Knock”

November 16, 2018

By James Bartholomew “Sacrifice is a two-sided coin,” shouts Niv Petel, writer and performer of “Knock Knock.” Sacrifice is a crucial part of any

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581

“The Creeps” Will Creep You Out

November 16, 2018

by Carissa Chesanek “The Creeps” is exactly what it sounds like. It will pull you in and leave you feeling creeped out. Catherine Waller plays five characters,

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539

“Gate 64”: Improv at the Airport

November 16, 2018

By Donasia Sykes Winnie, played by Jane Watt, is a vagrant performer who lost her comedy partner and girlfriend, Leslie, and performs around a gate at

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548

“Clara; Confessions” Longs for More Music

November 16, 2018

By Dana Zhang   “Clara; Confessions” offers a straightforward, chronological timeline of Clara Schumann’s life. A celebrated pianist and composer beloved

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1938

“The Auschwitz Volunteer” is a Harrowing Tale of Bravery

November 16, 2018

By Austin Kaiser “The Auschwitz Volunteer” tells the story of Captain Witold Pilecki, a Polish intelligence agent who infiltrated the Auschwitz

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“Natural Shocks”: A Powerful Delight of a Play

November 15, 2018

By James Bartholomew As far as openings go, you can do a lot worse than “Natural Shocks.” The play begins with a raging storm siren as Angela, played by

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Reviews

644

“Wake-Up Call” Is a Woke Approach to Death

November 15, 2018

By Austin Kaiser “Wake‑Up Call” is the story of Jerry Franklin and his wife, who dies about ten minutes into the story. Mr. Franklin tells us just

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“The Rude Awakening”: Bold, Loud and Loving

November 15, 2018

By Chance Morgan   “Let’s talk about sex, baby. Let’s talk about you and me.” Amber Topaz captures the audience’s attention, not only with

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Reviews

580

“Grounded” Prepares For Takeoff

November 15, 2018

By Austin Kaiser “Grounded,” a play by George Brant, is about a fighter pilot who becomes unexpectedly pregnant and is given the physically safe but

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560

“Inner Strength” Exposes the Pain and the Resilience of Life

November 15, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena “Inner Strength” was a performance soaking in pain, love, and resilience. Kyra Knox, the writer and performer, wrung out

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687

“Clara; Confessions”: A Brilliant Woman of Her Time

November 15, 2018

By Austin Kaiser “Clara; Confessions” is the story of 19th century Romantic composer Clara Schumann, written and performed by Viktoriya Papayani. Clara’s

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984

“Melina: The Last Greek Goddess” is Gloriously Patriotic

November 15, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena   The Greek actress, singer, and politician Melina Mercouri was Greece’s national heroine, so Paola Hadjilambri, the actress and

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788

Pensive and Perplexing, “Being‑On‑Stage” is an Enchanting Oddity

November 15, 2018

By James Bartholomew   “Being‑On‑Stage” is perhaps the greatest solo theatrical adaptation of a 500‑page early twentieth‑century

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653

“Super Awesome World”: You are Not in This Alone

November 15, 2018

By Donasia Sykes   Amy Conway’s father introduced her to video games when she was a little girl. Now she explores how gameplay can treat depression.

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768

A Lively and Heartfelt Evening with “My Dead Wife”

November 15, 2018

By James Bartholomew   With a title like “My Dead Wife” it should come as no surprise to find sorrow, grief and tragedy in abundance. But what’s far less

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Reviews

555

A Poet Reaches for “The Sky”

November 15, 2018

By Austin Kaiser   “Dare To Claim The Sky” is a spoken word performance by Sharon Nyree Williams about black culture, church, childhood, and social

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705

The Meaning of “Being‑On‑Stage”

November 14, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena   “Being-On-Stage” is a philosophical play about the meaning of being, what it means to be a philosopher,

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Sing, O Muse, of “Melina”

November 14, 2018

By Chance Morgan   “I was born a Greek, and I will die a Greek.” The powerful words and fiery passion of Melina Mercouri came alive on stage in

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“Swansong” is a Performance for the Ages

November 12, 2018

By Alex Miller   “Swansong,” in which André de Vanny portrays Austin “Occi” Byrne, is the story and the performance of

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757

“Unhealthy Man” has a Healthy Sense of Comedy

November 12, 2018

By Dana Zhang   Vincent Clark is the unhealthiest man alive, but he doesn’t want your pity. He doesn’t do drugs or drink alcohol, because he “is already

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819

Navigating a “Super Awesome World” is Fun…and Sad

November 12, 2018

By Dana Zhang   “Super Awesome World” alternates between moments of frenetic energy and deep introspection. At first it treads a cliché path:

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Reviews

637

Family Reconciliation in “Little Portugal”

November 11, 2018

By Kia Standard   “We all have visions and dreams of where we’ll be when we grow up, but sometimes life doesn’t go as calculated.” Kayla Subica tells

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Reviews

638

“My Dead Wife”: A Tremendous Story of Grief

November 11, 2018

By Dana Zhang   Mike Folie tells his story in pauses and starts, as though he is having a simple, intimate conversation with you. As he finishes one

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Reviews

570

“Swansong,” the Story of a Troubled Irishman

November 11, 2018

By Austin Kaiser   “Swansong” is about a man named Occi, whom we meet at the water’s edge where he is feeding swans. He lovingly greets Agnes,

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Reviews

662

In “Webbing,” Reality is a Dream

November 11, 2018

By Austin Kaiser “Webbing” is a meditative 35‑minute show in which Eva Petrič, sings soothing music while relaxing images of beaches and dewdrops falling from

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741

“Breaking News” Worth Discussing

November 11, 2018

By Chance Morgan   There are few more intimate ways to glimpse into the intricacies of a culture than through a family story. “Breaking News from

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834

“About Heroes” Powerfully Redefines Heroism

November 11, 2018

By Christopher Popple   Juha Sorola’s “About Heroes” is told from two perspectives. The first is that of a young gay man growing up in an era when

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“O” is a Marvel of Feminism and Genius

November 11, 2018

By Austin Kaiser   Eliza Martin’s “O” begins with a young woman dancing and throwing flowers in the air. Suddenly a voice over the loudspeaker

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“Good Standing,” An Emotional Testimony

November 11, 2018

By Christopher Popple   “Good Standing” begins with Austin Archer looking dejected with a letter in his hand. The letter states that his character’s

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Reviews

604

“Webbing” Gets a Bit Tangled

November 10, 2018

By James Bartholomew   “Even in non-existence, existence exists. Even in insanity, sanity exists,” sings Eva Petrič, writer and performer of “Webbing.”

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588

“An Unhealthy Man” Proves Laughter Is the Best Medicine

November 10, 2018

By Austin Kaiser   In “An Unhealthy Man Lectures You On Medical Issues,” a man with diabetes who’s suffered several strokes offers health advice. His comic

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593

“An Irish Wake” is a Rollicking Bar Tale

November 10, 2018

By Austin Kaiser   Nick Daly begins “The Truth about Debbie: An Irish Wake” by singing an Irish folk song about a man accepting death, which

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3460

I Saw “Do You Want To See Me Naked?” And Liked It

November 10, 2018

By Austin Kaiser   “Do You Want To See Me Naked?” is about a chubby woman named Liz whose conservative religion and society pull her in one direction,

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1371

I Came Away From “The Jewish Dog” Wounded

November 10, 2018

By Austin Kaiser   Written by Asher Kravitz and performed by Miha Rodman, it is a great show with sharp acting, tight writing and a million moments

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804

“Runaway Princess,” A Modern Tale with Finesse

November 9, 2018

By Dana Zhang   Mary Goggin’s story is nested in an immigration fairytale that recalls Irish folklore. She is a runaway princess stumbling through life

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Memories Come to Life in “OTOSOTR”

November 9, 2018

By James Bartholomew   Resolution No.1428-326 was the unassuming name given to the eviction notice that Joseph Stalin served to the growing Korean

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2680

“Do You Want to See Me Naked?” You Should

November 8, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena   “Do You Want to See Me Naked?” features a deceptively funny performance by Elizabeth Golden that champions body confidence and

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822

Legacy of Love “Across Borders,” A Vow to Do Better

November 8, 2018

By Dana Zhang Ada Cheng describes her sexuality as “first come, first served” as she delves into her encounters with sexuality and feminism, most of which occurred

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724

No More Running for “The Runaway Princess”

November 8, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena   “The Runaway Princess” is the darkly comic story of Mary Goggin’s escape from her repressive Irish Catholic upbringing, her drug

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643

“O” – A Cry for Freedom

November 7, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena   Eliza Martin’s “O” examines how the acting world views and treats women. This feminist piece taps into women’s defiance,

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733

“The Medium, the Music, and Me!” Defies Expectations

November 7, 2018

By Austin Kaiser DonnaD Lipari began “The Medium, the Music, and Me!” with a song called “The Medium’s Blues.” She wore a dress decorated

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614

“The Creeps,” A Masterpiece, Hiding in the Dark

November 6, 2018

By Alex Miller   Acid jazz blares into the darkness. Then, a green light. The figure crawling across the floor is Catherine Waller (Bertie’s sister

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1095

“Et Le Lion,” The Power of Being Human

November 5, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena   “Et Le Lion,” written and performed by Elizabeth Seldin, is about a woman named Cecilia whose father recently passed away. She must

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538

“One Good Egg” Finally Hatches

November 4, 2018

By Austin Kaiser “One Good Egg” is the story of Elaine Gale, a Midwestern woman who dreams of having a family. She longs to pack the kids’

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1437

“Vagina Odyssey”: A Woman’s Vaginal Revolution

November 4, 2018

By Donasia Sykes   Mixing comedy with vulnerable truths, Sarah J. Kennedy tells you about her journey with her vagina, and invites you to think about your

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A Mighty “Fancifool” Dazzles

November 3, 2018

By Nadia Asencio   Ananda Bena‑Weber’s “Fancifool” is a powerhouse. Dedicated to “all the beautiful souls” she’s encountered on

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577

A Wartime Journey “On the Other Side of the River”

November 3, 2018

By Christopher Popple   “OTOSOTR” is the second war story I’ve seen at the United Solo Theatre Festival, and it easily outdoes the first

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523

Dreams Can Eclipse Reality

November 3, 2018

By Alex Miller   Saskia Norman is a little girl from Austria with big dreams, and an abiding love for her father. Even at age four, she knows she

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574

A “Stray” Worth Taking In

November 3, 2018

By James Bartholomew   Not every animal lover is as dedicated as Lisa Wharton, writer and performer of “STRAYS: we all feel a little lost sometimes.”

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953

“Inconceivable,” Not Farfetched

November 3, 2018

By Alex Miller   Meirav Zur (Founder of English On Stage, an English‑language touring theater company based in Israel), looks and sort of

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809

Hail to Queen V: “The Vagina Odyssey”

November 2, 2018

by Carissa Chesanek   Ladies, if you aren’t already hailing to your V, Sarah J. Kennedy will help change that quickly. She opens up

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At the Apex of Tragedy, “Laughter is Therapy”

November 2, 2018

by Chance Morgan   From the moment director Ozzie Jones took to the stage to address the audience before the show, it was clear that

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636

The Brave Tale of a Mighty Warrior

November 2, 2018

By Nadia Asencio   How does a warrior find her cause? Easy. She takes the long way. Anthoula Katsimatides’ “Warrior Without a Cause” recounts

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769

The Enigmatic, Enchanting Doris Payne

November 1, 2018

By Dana Zhang In short interconnected sketches, Monette McLin tells us about Doris Marie Payne, and the intrigue that surrounded

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556

“Beauty, Bollywood and Beyond,” A Travelogue

November 1, 2018

By Alex Miller   Once red and blue lights illuminate the stage, we see baby‑sized mattresses stacked three feet high. Motivational speaker and TV/radio

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A Well-Oiled “Machine”

October 31, 2018

By James Bartholomew   “Trifling, obsolete, and flat” is how famed English poet John Dryden described “Hamlet” back in 1664. About three hundred years later,

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1164

Thinking Outside the Box.

October 30, 2018

by Chance Morgan   There are few things more ordinary, familiar or versatile than a cardboard box. They are tools for storage, for transportation, and

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698

“Raised By Gays And Turned Out OK,” But Did the Show?

October 26, 2018

By Christopher Popple “Raised By Gays and Turned Out OK!” was promoted with a picture of a toddler dressed like a drag queen, so the last person

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2155

The Tragic Beauty of “A Kiss”

October 26, 2018

by Chance Morgan   A kiss, to most people, is a simple gesture of love, intimacy and affection. But for Antonio Ligabue, the Swiss‑Italian painter

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1172

“Inconceivable” Makes It Happen

October 26, 2018

by Chance Morgan “Inconceivable: The Totally True One‑Woman Semi‑Fertile Quasi‑Musical” is quite a title, and as it turns out, quite

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1461

Creepy and Crawly in All the Right Ways

October 26, 2018

By James Bartholomew   Without a doubt, “The Creeps” lives up to its name. Written and performed by Catherine Waller, the show tells

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2828

“Diary Of A MILF…” A Mother You Would Love To Follow

October 26, 2018

By Austin Kaiser In the very funny “Diary Of A MILF (Mom I’d Love to Follow),” Meshelle is a mother and wife who wants to maintain the carefree

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633

“Unsatisfactory” Attempts To Make the Passing Grade

October 25, 2018

By James Bartholomew   School life can be hard, but it was especially difficult for Schuyler Quinn, writer and performer of “Unsatisfactory.”

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747

“Seamus” Is Just… Kickass!

October 24, 2018

By Alex Miller   The Jackson 5 promises I’m in good hands before the performance even begins. “ABC” plays while I wait for one of the most original

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661

“Song of Seamus…” A Psychedelic One‑Woman Rock Opera

October 24, 2018

By James Bartholomew   It’s difficult to imagine a premise more ridiculous than that of “Song of Seamus and the Psychedelic Squirrel.” The show

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640

Ranch Dressing? Yes, Please!

October 23, 2018

by Austin Kaiser When “Ranch Dressing and Other Coping Mechanisms” began, Kelsie Huff was hiding in the bathroom stall of a church. When she saw

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585

Bridge Over Troubled Times

October 23, 2018

by Chance Morgan Driving drums, a passionate poem, and symbols of black culture alongside domestic articles bring the audience into the world of Yvette

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589

Piano Power in “Velvet Determination”

October 22, 2018

By Christopher Popple Growing up in a backwater Colorado town, young Cynthia had only one real passion in life: to play the piano and become every bit the musician her

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911

“The Hollywood Adriana” Will Have You Seeing Stars

October 22, 2018

By Alex Miller   Tadeusz von Moltke (“The Blacklist,” DJ Khaled and Jay Z’s “I Got the Keys” music video) presents a poetic

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2382

Eulalia: A Historic Lullaby

October 22, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena   “Eulalia: A Bedtime Story” is an insightful and emotional performance by Sarah Cuneo. She portrayed the turmoil felt

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623

“Resplendent,” As Demanded By Its Title

October 21, 2018

by Chance Morgan Ms. Horban’s fiery and impassioned performance was something quite memorable to behold. As the show’s own description in the program

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“Homeful” Is Where the Heart Is

October 21, 2018

by Chance Morgan “Where are you from?” This is a familiar question to many of us, but especially to Amy Mihyang Ginther. She hates the question,

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630

The Man With the Golden One‑Man Show

October 20, 2018

By Chance Morgan “Everyone loves an adventure. Everyone loves to laugh. Everyone loves to feel significant, and to know that they are special.

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581

“Phoenix Payne” Is 24-Karat Comedy

October 19, 2018

by Austin Kaiser “Phoenix Payne” is about a jewel thief named Doris Payne. That may already be a spoiler. In the first scene, Doris, played

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932

“The Prostitute Upstairs” Is Touching, Funny, and Powerful

October 19, 2018

By Carissa Chesanek Grief can mean many different things to people. Pain, suffering, anger. And sometimes it can even mean freedom.   “The Prostitute Upstairs” takes

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885

A Personal Journey of a Thousand Miles

October 19, 2018

By Chance Morgan Love, legacy and identity are universal themes and rich veins for artistic exploration. In “Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving

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775

Quite Satisfactory

October 19, 2018

By Chance Morgan Schuyler Quinn’s “Unsatisfactory” has the sort of title that invites all manner of cheap jokes, but luckily the show itself surpasses

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Reviews

689

This “Warrior” Has a Cause Worth Fighting For

October 18, 2018

By James Bartholomew   Anthoula Katsimatides, the writer and director of “Warrior Without a Cause” introduces herself to her audience. “Destined for

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967

In an Age of Constant Division, “American Tranquility” is a Breath of Fresh Air

October 18, 2018

By James Bartholomew “Americans are more divided than ever” has become a common refrain about political discourse in the U.S. Regardless of what news outlet

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“Hope”: A Powerfully Dark Journey Through Grief

October 17, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena In the powerful “Hope,” Hope Salas is an Irish-Mexican divorcée who must come to terms with her mother’s death and their painful

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760

“Inheritance: A Litany,” A Movement Through Time

October 14, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena I have never seen anything quite like this before. The physical performance was encapsulating and forceful while, at the same time,

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830

“About Heroes,” The Price of Redemption

October 13, 2018

By Nadia Asencio War shapes the narrative of a nation. The mythology associated with trauma and survival seeps into the psyche of a nation’s

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810

“American Dream, The” Redefined

October 13, 2018

By Dana Zhang Yu Ling Wu slips seamlessly into the roles she plays onstage. One moment, she titters among the audience, greeting friends, and

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762

“About Heroes” Is a Time-Traveling Military Hero’s Tale

October 12, 2018

By Austin Kaiser   When boys turn eighteen in Finland, they must enlist in the military. “About Heroes” is about the fear of this obligation.

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Garland, Cline, Piaf, Holiday, Callas, and Nobodies

October 12, 2018

By Donasia Sykes Judy Garland. Patsy Cline. Edith Piaf. Billie Holiday. Maria Callas. Powerful women with powerful voices and sad life stories.

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1109

“Frida Kahlo: Long Live Life,” Is Really, Really Full Of Life

October 12, 2018

By Austin Kaiser “Frida Kahlo: Long Live Life” takes place in Frida’s room as she drinks alcohol, dances with her prosthetic leg, and curses at

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770

Waiting For a Rescue

October 11, 2018

By Kia Standard The opening night of “Rescuers” came with a preshow disclaimer from director Gretchen Cryer, explaining that Kelly Taylor, the show’s

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1113

“The Farewell” Is a Swan Song That Demands To Be Heard

October 11, 2018

By James Bartholomew On March 3, 1957, British armed forces poured gasoline into the hideout of Greek Cypriot guerilla fighter Grigoris Afxentiou,

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4127

The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune Brings Her Audience To Spiritual Heights

October 11, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena From the moment this performance began to the moment it ended, I was covered in goosebumps. Even writing about it now, I still have

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595

“Rescuers” Lands Softly, But Deeply

October 11, 2018

By Nadia Asencio A bare stage. A stool, a music stand, an actress. So begins Kelly Taylor’s “Rescuers,” the story of her struggle

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1353

35 Minutes of Deborah Kerr, Including Some for Burt Lancaster

October 11, 2018

By Donasia Sykes Caitlin Simpson takes and owns the stage as Deborah Kerr, the 1950s movie star who is nervous and excited for her new movie,

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806

Mindy Fradkin Never Stops Growing; at 63 She is Actually 3

October 10, 2018

By Dana Zhang The show begins with a song performed by Mindy Fradkin and her “wasband” (ex-husband) Roland Mousaa. There are many songs sprinkled throughout,

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906

Does “Deborah Kerr” Rhyme With Star? Not Today

October 10, 2018

By Alex Miller On August 5, 1953, Deborah Kerr finds herself pacing across the living room of her recently-renovated home, debating, doubting, questioning her

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860

You’ve Never Heard a “Dream” This American Before

October 10, 2018

By Alex Miller Yu Ling Wu (“How the Fuck to Vote: A Voter’s Guide”) is a force of nature. A force you don’t want to oppose.

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2721

“Inheritance” Gets All the Good Genes

October 9, 2018

By James Bartholomew “Inheritance: A Litany” has all the right DNA for a truly spectacular solo performance. Aptly described by writer, performer,

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714

“Average Joe” Lives Up to Its Name

October 8, 2018

By Christopher Popple “Sixty minutes until showtime,” a woman announces to our main character, Joe, who is getting ready to perform on stage in front of a large crowd

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1179

In Love With “Confessions of a Mulatto Love Child”

October 8, 2018

By Kia Standard “Let me tell you a story. My mother was a very white, very blonde, very blue-eyed Englishwoman. My father was a beautiful dark-skinned black man with

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2960

“Ageless Wonders” Says Ageism Is Getting Old

October 8, 2018

By Austin Kaiser Mindy Fradkin wants older people to feel confident and shrug off discouraging remarks they may hear about aging. When Mindy applied for a job, a man at

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708

Bigfoot’s Empty Promise

October 7, 2018

By Nadia Asencio Alan Altschuler’s “Bigfoot Stole My Wife” promises a comedic and “poignant saga” about a man who delves into his past relationships

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2080

Made in the USSR: but where did she go?

October 7, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena The audience flooded the intimate space, beaming with anticipation. The ASL interpreter was ready for action. But I left Theatre Row

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612

“The Terrible Legend of Victoria Woodhull” Has Some Holes In The Hull

October 7, 2018

By Austin Kaiser “The Terrible Legend of Victoria Woodhull” is about the first American woman to found a newspaper, address Congress, and run for president. She

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728

“The Things They Carried” Is Too Heavy

October 5, 2018

By Austin Kaiser   “The Things They Carried” was adapted from a book to a performance by Jim Stillwell, who left the stage covered in sweat.

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“Inheritance: a Litany” Bequeaths a Lively List of Love and Loss

October 5, 2018

By Alex Miller An unseen narrator. The ominous, low glow of three azure halogen bulbs. A barely visible figure arranging furniture. It’s 1970, and we’re

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773

Joe Charnitski’s Funeral: The Birth Of an Existential Crisis

October 5, 2018

By Mehr Gunawardena The description for this show reads “Joe Charnitski has given two eulogies in his life. Both were for men named Joe Charnitski.” As Joe recounted

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1069

Confessions of a Mulatto Love Child

October 4, 2018

By Alex Miller Confronted with a subject as complex and multifaceted as “the mulatto,” the archaic term that describes a person who is the product of miscegenation,

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1149

Squeaky Fromme Squeaks Along

October 4, 2018

By Kia Standard Brad Forenza’s play “Squeaky” takes the term “captive audience” quite literally. It opens with a lone figure entering from the back of

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861

L.O.V.E.R. Ages Well

October 4, 2018

By Nadia Asencio Lois Robbins’ “L.O.V.E.R.” begins with a woman climaxing atop a washing machine, setting the tone for the rest of the story. The middle-aged

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Eleni Kourti’s “Magic” is Worth Believing In

October 3, 2018

By James Bartholomew It takes courage to be an actor. Not to mention talent, dedication, and a whole lot of resilience. But as Eleni Kourti, writer and performer of

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“The Things They Carried” Carries A Hit

October 2, 2018

By Christopher Popple Jim Stowell assumes the role of American war veteran and novelist Tim O’Brien in this theatrical re-telling of his famous book “The Things They

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Hard Work Pays Off in “Velvet Determination”

September 30, 2018

By James Bartholomew   How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. But if you asked Cynthia Shaw, she’d probably tell you something else. She’d say it takes

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Madly in Love with the “Madman”

September 30, 2018

By Austin Kaiser “Madman” is the story of a confused teenager who receives a copy of Nikolai Gogol’s novel, “Diary of a Madman.” The book inspires him to

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“Runaway Princess” Can Crash At My House Anytime

September 30, 2018

By Austin Kaiser   “Runaway Princess” is about a girl who immigrates from Ireland to a Bronx in a 1970s. As a teenager, Mary Goggin left her

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Dietrich is Back, but the “Ride” feels Hollow

September 29, 2018

By James Bartholomew   On May 7th, 1990, the  front page of the  New York Post read: “So Long, Angel! Marlene Dietrich is dead at 90.” Twenty-eight years

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“LOVEABLEASSHOLE” is Not Loveable Enough Or A Big Enough Asshole

September 26, 2018

By Austin Kaiser If I say, “My Mom makes me remove my shoes before I enter the house,” and then step back and expect that to paint a picture for an audience, I’d be

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“Diary Of A MILF” Runs Wild On Stage

September 26, 2018

By Christopher Popple Running across the stage in athletic wear, MESHELLE hollers and stretches, enjoying a brief reprieve from her chaotic life as a mother of three

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“Bigfoot Stole My Wife,” but Did He Steal the Audience?

September 25, 2018

By Alex Miller   Based on a series of short stories by Ron Carlson, the title alone sounds like the perfect summer blockbuster. Forget “Jaws” because

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The Furious Madness of Jake Austin Robertson

September 24, 2018

By Nadia Asencio To call Jake Austin Robertson’s “Madman” a solo performance is to mislead; it’s a tour de force populated by a vibrant cast of distinct

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“Prinze” Takes the Crown

September 24, 2018

By James Bartholomew Even before writer and performer Jose Sonera takes the stage in “PRINZE,” there’s a palpable sense of authenticity

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“What Happens To Boys in Chelsea,” Either Accidental or Intentional

September 23, 2018

By Donasia Sykes Wearing a white and blue floral skirt, Foster Lawrence announced, “When I was 18, I fell from a fifth-floor window in Manhattan, and I don’t know

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An Affirmation of Life and Identity in “What Happens to Boys in Chelsea”

September 23, 2018

By James Bartholomew “This was not the plan,” confesses Ryan F. Casey, writer and performer of “What Happens To Boys In Chelsea,” a bold and powerful

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The Comic King Who Would Become a “Prinze”

September 22, 2018

By Alex Miller Freddie Prinze, Sr. shot himself in the head in 1977. But tonight, he’s alive. Kurler Warner’s set design is simple: a blue light casts an ominous

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Anne Torsiglieri’s “A Train” Is a Full-Contact Performance

September 17, 2018

By Austin Kaiser This show is about Anne and her twin boys. One has autism and the other doesn’t. Davey, Anne’s autistic son, wouldn’t make eye contact with her. He

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A Train, Unlike Any Other

September 15, 2018

By Chance Morgan The United Solo Theatre Festival opened its 2018 season this past Thursday, September 13th, with “A Train” by Anne Torsiglieri, a returning show that

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Two Reviews & An Exhortation

October 11, 2015

By Michael Miller The sixth United Solo Theater Festival has already been underway for over three weeks, but it will continue on up to November 22, offering an even greater

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More United Solo Performances: Award-Winners Grace Kiley & Tim Collins, As Well As...

December 26, 2012

By Michael Miller With one hundred productions spread over five weeks, I rather doubt that anyone has seen all of the United Solo Festival. After the sessions I previously

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The Third United Solo Theater Festival At Theater Row Off Time Square: A...

November 1, 2012

By Michael Miller October and November are now firmly established as solo theater season in New York. United Solo, now in its third year, has grown by one third—to over

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Jose Sonera Talks All About Solo and His Show, “PRINZE”

January 15, 2019

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo   Jose Sonera talked with All About Solo about the success of his one man show,

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Mike Folie Discusses the Importance of “Being You” at United Solo’s Closing Gala

January 15, 2019

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo   Mike Folie chatted with All About Solo at the Closing Gala for the 9th Annual

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DonnaD Lipari Shares Her Perspective on Solo Performance

January 4, 2019

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo   DonnaD Lipari, who won Best Premiere at the 9th Annual United Solo Theatre Festival for her show

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Women Take the Stage: Solo Shows Highlighting Women’s Voices at United Solo’s Tenth Anniversary Festival

October 2, 2019

By Cynthia Darling   There’s a lot to look forward to in the United Solo Theatre Festival’s tenth anniversary season. One look at

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Olympia Dukakis Presents New Master Classes at United Solo

August 18, 2019

By Christopher Popple   Autumn is fast approaching, and the United Solo Theatre Festival will once again open its doors at

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The Bestsellers of the 2019 United Solo Theatre Festival

August 18, 2019

By Lauren Wiener   The United Solo Theatre Festival will return to Theatre Row this fall for its tenth anniversary season.

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Contrasting Directions: A Director Confronts Her Actress’s Tears

April 28, 2019

By Leia Squillace Unlike in most professions, tears can be an indicator of a job well done for a director. Crafting the conditions

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Believe Women: Female Voices in Solo Performance

October 29, 2018

By Alex Miller Eighty‑one female solo performers bring some of this theater season’s finest work to United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre

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It’s All Greek to Me, and I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way

October 13, 2018

By James Bartholomew   When you see any show at this year’s United Solo Theatre Festival, the first lines you hear won’t come from the performers

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Olympia Dukakis Presents New Master Classes at United Solo

October 25, 2019

By Christopher Popple   As part of United Solo’s ongoing efforts to scout and foster talent, the theatre festival is providing

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A Master Class with Allan Corduner

December 7, 2018

By All About Solo News Desk United Solo offers a Master Class with Allan Corduner, an internationally renowned actor, known for his role in the Oscar-winning movie,

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An Evening of Celebration for the World’s Largest Solo Theatre Festival

November 20, 2018

By James Bartholomew On Sunday evening, November 18, 2018, United Solo commemorated the end of another successful festival with a Closing Gala held at

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