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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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144

“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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201

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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402

“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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197

“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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178

“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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122

“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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178

“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 a marriage of

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272

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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142

“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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125

“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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136

“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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“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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134

“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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97

“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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121

“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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157

“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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310

“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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135

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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160

“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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134

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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95

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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104

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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217

“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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315

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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184

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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121

“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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136

“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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210

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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171

“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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143

“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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159

“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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212

“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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98

“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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153

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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765

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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200

“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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536

“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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231

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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177

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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173

“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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173

“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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161

“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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333

“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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173

“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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396

“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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181

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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152

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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145

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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338

“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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304

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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184

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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160

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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151

“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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209

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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242

“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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835

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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555

“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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679

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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472

“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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168

“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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311

“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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218

“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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208

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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177

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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190

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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331

“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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294

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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221

“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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221

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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190

“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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251

“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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363

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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218

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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234

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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452

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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219

“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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300

“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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301

“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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227

“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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308

“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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200

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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542

“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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2858

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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190

“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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274

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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426

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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215

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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375

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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1790

“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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224

“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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378

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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2202

“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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239

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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687

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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151

“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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281

“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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240

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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438

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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311

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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353

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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350

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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440

“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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268

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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430

“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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306

“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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1969

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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296

“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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304

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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486

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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A Master Class with Oscar Winner Olympia Dukakis

October 22, 2018

By All About Solo News Desk   United Solo brings Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, to teach a Master Class as part of

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Video Interview with Janis Brenner

October 1, 2018

All About Solo features Janis Brenner in conversation with the Editor-in-Chief, Pat McAndrew. Janis Brenner, known worldwide as a “quadruple threat” — a dancer,

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Billy Crystal, The Recipient of 2014 United Solo Special Award

July 26, 2018

By All About Solo News Desk   Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays is an act of warmth and generosity, a beloved actor giving his audience a vulnerable and personal part of

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Interviews ≫

A Rebirth of Freddie Prinze Sr., an Interview With Jose Sonera

December 8, 2018

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo   Jose Sonera is an actor and writer born and raised in the hell’s kitchen area of NYC. He is

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How Solo Performance Found Me, an Interview With Remi Rachuba

November 7, 2018

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo   Remi Rachuba, a native Pole, having initially studied English, participated in acting courses in Warsaw, London, New

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Women Inspiring Women, an Interview With Viktoriya Papayani

November 2, 2018

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo   Viktoriya Papayani, originally from Ukraine, graduated with a Master’s degree in Piano Performance

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When Mothers Break Down Walls, an Interview With Niv Petel

October 31, 2018

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo   Niv Petel has worked in theatre, TV and voiceovers, He won the award for Best Actor in

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After Marcel Marceau, an Interview With Bill Bowers

October 23, 2018

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo   Bill Bowers currently performs and teaches the art of physical storytelling throughout the world.

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When Identity Doesn’t Fit Narrative, an Interview With Juha Sorola

October 20, 2018

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo   Juha Sorola was born in Finland, and trained at the Method Studio in London, UK. He now splits his time

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Abiding by Law In a Fictional Story, an Interview With Anne Stockton

October 17, 2018

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo Anne Stockton is a NYC based actress, writer and psychiatrist. As an actor, she has performed Off-Off Broadway and in

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Tribute To An Untold Story, an Interview with Anatoliy Ogay and Tatyana Kim

October 15, 2018

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo   Anatoliy Ogay and Tatyana Kim are artistic and life partners who have been in the entertainment industry

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A Comedic Story From The Eggstand, an Interview With Elaine Gale

October 15, 2018

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo Elaine Gale is a California-based writer, performer, storyteller, humorist, fourth-generation educator, speaker, journalist

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Tribute To An Untold Story, an Interview with Anatoliy Ogay and Tatyana Kim

October 15, 2018

By Pat McAndrew, Editor-in-Chief, All About Solo   Anatoliy Ogay and Tatyana Kim are artistic and life partners who have been in the entertainment industry

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“EULALIA: A Bedtime Story” to Premiere at FringeNYC

October 12, 2018

By All About Solo News Desk   What if moving forward meant losing what you love? Through toys, humor, and fairytale tropes, “Eulalia: A Bedtime

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Germany’s Solo Festival THESPIS Shares Its 11th Season

October 8, 2018

THESPIS, Germany’s unique and internationally renowned festival of monodrama, features diverse solo productions from around the world, among them numerous

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Columns ≫

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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The Shootings Must Stop

October 4, 2018

By Michael Miller I began the short story from which my solo play, “Transfiguration,” is derived in November, 2005. I barely remember what moved me to write it:

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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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A Master Class with Oscar Winner Olympia Dukakis

October 22, 2018

By All About Solo News Desk   United Solo brings Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, to teach a Master Class as part of

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