THEATER: One and Only

Solo performers are all the rage, sometimes literally, onstage

The minimal definition of drama is one actor on a bare stage, emoting. Perhaps not surprisingly in a century devoted to minimalism in every area of the arts -- and lately to downsizing in every area of commerce -- producers and performers are increasingly taking that definition literally. Broadway box office is dominated by maximalist musicals known to cynics as the helicopter show (Miss Saigon), the chandelier show (The Phantom of the Opera), the barricades show (Les Miserables) and the zoo story (Cats). But occasionally on Broadway, and incessantly off it, this is also a heyday of the one-person show.


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