Emmy spotlight: Natasha Lyonne is dying for recognition as writer, director, producer and star of ‘Russian Doll’

Emmy spotlight: Natasha Lyonne is dying for recognition as writer, director, producer and star of ‘Russian Doll’
Natasha Lyonne has been a star since she was a teenager, from her roles in “Slums of Beverly Hills” (1998), “American Pie” (1999) and “But I’m a Cheerleader” (1999) to her recent turn as prison inmate Nicky Nichols in “Orange is the New Black.” But she outdoes herself in her new Netflix series “Russian Doll,” which starts with a high-concept premise and then spirals out into new, bizarre, absurd and often moving directions. And she’s not only the star of the show, she’s also a co-creator, writer, director and producer.

Lyonne created “Russian Doll” with Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), and she stars as Nadia Vulvokov, a video game designer celebrating her 36th birthday. But Nadia keeps dying in calamitous ways, and every time she does she returns to the same moment to start again, respawning just like a video game character. Why is she stuck in this time loop,
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