Articles

The Village Voice’s indelible marks on NYC & Culture,” New York Daily News, 23 August 2017.

“Backwards to the Future: Director Arin Arbus in Conversation with Alisa Solomon,” TFANA 360 Series: The Skin of Our Teeth, February 2017.

Plenty’s Discontent,” review essay on David Hare, highlight his memoir, The Blue Touch Paper, and the recent revival of his play, PlentyThe Nation,  6 February 2017.

What’s Left,” a profile of the Chilean playwright, Guillermo Calderón, American Theater, October 2016.

“Theater of the Real,” Review of Carol Martin’s book about documentary theater, The Drama Review 60:3, October 2016.

Letter of the Law: How University of Michigan Women Got  Their Varsity Jackets (a Few Decades Late),” reported essay on the victorious 40-year effort to win equal treatment of female athletes. VICESports, September 22, 2016.

According to ‘Oslo’,” a review of J.T. Rogers’s play about the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo accords, The Nation, August 3, 2016.

More Repossession than Revival,” critical essay on George C. Wolfe’s Shuffle Along and Paula Vogel & Rebecca Taichman’s IndecentThe Nation, July 4, 2016.

“My Epistemological Crisis: Arts Criticism in the Times of Trump,” commentary, The Drama Review, 60:1, July 2016. 

Our Masterbuilder,” critical essay on several productions and publications on the Arthur Miller centennial, The Nation, May 19, 2016.

Chile’s Future: On the World Stage,” critical report on the Santiago a Mil Festival, The Nation, March 25, 2016.

Jewy, Queer, Daring, and Political, ‘Transparent’ Pushes Past Parody,” review essay on the second season of Jill Soloway’s Amazon series, The Nation, January 11, 2016.

Pacific Overtures on Broadway,” review of Allegiance and commentary on casting controversy over Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in IndiaThe Nation, December 7, 2015.

Tradition! The Indestructible Fiddler on the Roof,”a consideration of the show on the eve of its fifth Broadway revival, NewYorker.com, October 8, 2015.

How Hamilton is Revolutionizing the Broadway Musical,” The Nation, August 27, 2015.

Alfred Jarry’s Fun Home,The Nation, August 13, 2015.

“Why ‘The Heidi Chronicles’ Failed to Find a New Audience,” The Nation, April 24, 2015.

“The ‘Immortal’ Judith Malina, 1926-2015,” The Nation, April 13, 2015.

Musical of the Month“: guest blog entry for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, September 29, 2014.

The Haus of Maushaus.of.maus: Art Spiegelman’s twitchy irreverence,” essay on the Spiegelman retrospective at NYC’s Jewish Museum — and beyond. The Nation, September 15, 2014.

Ruby Dee’s Jewish Turn,” an appreciation of the great actor and activist for Tablet on her role in The World of Sholom Aleichem in 1953.

“Mere Opinion and Considered Judgment: Amateur and Professional Criticism Today,” interviewed by Andrea Tompa for Critical Stages, January 24, 2014.

Purging the Legacy of Dictatorship from Chile’s Constitution,” a report on the “Marca Tu Voto AC” campaign in Chile, thenation.com, January 21, 2014.

On Jewishness as the Fiddle Played,” some excerpts from Wonder of Wonders in the New York Times Sunday Arts section, October 17, 2013.

“Hey, Kids, Let’s Put on a Show: Michael Sokolove’s ‘Drama High’,” a review of Michael Sokolove’s stirring account of an inspiring drama teacher, New York Times Book Review, September 27, 2013.

The Not-So-Bountiful Trip to Broadway,” on ethics, intellectual property, and The Trip to Bountiful, Howlround.com, April 24, 2013.

The Feminine Mystique at 50”: A conversation among Jessica Bennett, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, and Alisa Solomon, The Daily Beast, February 11, 2013. Part 1 and Part 2.

Mike Check,” on the scandal over fabrications in Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, The Nation, print edition of April 16, 2012; posted on-line at thenation.com on March 28, 2012.

“Balancing Act: Fiddler’s Bottle Dance and the Transformation of ‘Tradition’,” TDR: The Drama Review 55:3 (T211) Fall 2011.

Clampdown in Hungary,” report on the nationalist government’s free-speech restrictions, beginning with the local theaters, The Nation, print edition of January 24, 2011; posted on-line at thenation.com on December 30, 2010.

An Unsettling Protest,” co-written with Tony Kushner, on the refusal of Israeli theater artists to perform in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, TheNation.com, September 1, 2010.

The Artist’s Present: Waiting in Line at the MoMA for Marina Abramovic,” essay, killingthebuddha.com, June 3, 2010.

Tell Her the Truth: On Caryl Churchill’s Seven Jewish Children, A Play for Gaza,” co-written with Tony Kushner, The Nation, March 26, 2009. Cover story.

Hammerheads: David Mamet’s Money Plays,” essay on Mamet on the occasion of Broadway revivals of American Buffalo and Speed the Plow, The Nation, January 22, 2009.

“Rehearsing for Freedom: In West Bank refugee camps and in Gaza, theatre helps children channel their chronic fears and traumas,” American Theater, May/June, 2008.

Staged Reading,” review of Judith Thompson’s Palace of the End, and discussion of plays about the Iraq war, TheNation.com, August 4, 2008.

Innocents Abroad: Jerry Herman’s musical Milk and Honey opens a window on the cheery Zionism of the 1960s,” nextbook.com (Tablet Magazine), December 17, 2007.

This family affair has a familiar ring,” on Tracy Letts’s August: Osage County, theguardian.com December 19, 2007

God rest your merry credit cards,” on Reverend Billy and the film, “What Would Jesus Buy?”, theguardian.com, November 28, 2007

Doing (or undoing?) the most iconic play of all,” on the Wooster Group’s Hamlet, theguardian.com, November 15, 2007

Whose eyes am I looking with?” on two Dutch plays about Muslims, theguardian.com, November 13, 2007

Out of Africa,”  a report on the 2007 World Social Forum, The Nation, March 5, 2007.

Family Fortune: After Fiddler and The Apple Tree, Harnick and Bock took on a different challenge—a musical about the Rothschilds,” nextbook.org (Tablet Magazine), December 27, 2006.