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Review: Breachway Grill

A meal with a view
There's yet another restaurant down at the South County shore, adding to those giant summertime sucking sounds, with busy Narragansett Bay fishing boats at one end and Charlestown tourists slurping up oysters at the other.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 12, 2011

Review: Doubt at Roger Williams University

The Accused
To say that John Patrick Shanley's Doubt is an essay in action is misleading, since we're more aware of watching the human dilemmas unfold than we are of learning from the play.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 12, 2011

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Review: Theater of Thought's Executor

Mediocre mystery
Producer, director, and actor Amber Kelly's Theater of Thought likes to take audiences by the imaginations and thrust them into the actual locations of plays they are watching.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 05, 2011

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Review: Happy Days at the Courthouse Center

Yesterday once more
Every period has a Golden Age, whether it's Greeks looking back upon the justice goddess Astraea or Americans looking back upon the glories of rock 'n' roll.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 05, 2011

Review: Rim Nahm

Where patience is rewarded
It's hard to recall without a pang, but there was a time when there were no Thai restaurants in Cranston's Pawtuxet Village neighborhood. Nowadays, diners have their choice.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 05, 2011

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Review: Perishable's Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Lust for life
If Alexander Platt's take on Hedwig and the Angry Inch were packed with any more energy, the bomb squad would have to be called out every night.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 28, 2011



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Review: TBTS' Man of La Mancha is ever-optimistic

The dream is alive
The musical Man of La Mancha certainly packs in a lot.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 28, 2011

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Review: 2nd Story's thought-provoking Nuts

Crazy talk
To better convey the look and feel of the sanity hearing portrayed, the production is being staged in the courtroom setting of the historic Bristol Statehouse. It's being directed with agility by Mark Peckham.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 21, 2011

Review: Stone Bridge

Mykonos classics and Italian favorites
At the Stone Bridge restaurant, there is competition for our attention.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 21, 2011

Review: RWU's Far Away is a weird whirlwind

The surreal world
While FDR maintained that we have nothing to fear but fear itself, British playwright Caryl Churchill modifies that dictum in her 2000 Far Away , which is getting an imaginative production at Roger Williams University's Barn Summer Playhouse (through June 25).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 21, 2011

Review: Arlene Violet's The Family

Wiseguys (and dolls)
If anybody not under potential indictment is qualified to write something titled The Family , subtitled "A Musical About the Mob," it's Arlene Violet.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 10, 2011



Review: McCurdy's Junction House

Delicious choices as impressive as the prices
I suppose it could look more inviting if the cooks were at the entrance ushering us in.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 08, 2011

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Review: Under the spell of Putnam County at TBTS

Elementary fun
Pretty cute. A hippie-dippie boy wearing a cape sewn from neckties. A girl whose dictionary is her best and perhaps only friend.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 07, 2011

Review: Abyssinia

Comfort food from Ethiopia and Eritrea
As Providence has become a foodie mecca over the years, ethnic opportunities have expanded beyond Italian and Portuguese. But African foods? Not so much.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 31, 2011

Review: L'Artisan Café & Bakery

More like a bistro than a bakery
Enough already. I got tired of a good foodie friend of mine badgering me about this bakery and gourmet food place he was in love with and wanted me to review.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 24, 2011

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Review: Poe vs. Poe in Trinity's Strange Tale

I Is Another
What's left to spook us these days? Crime shows display forensic detail that has inured us to blood.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 18, 2011



Review: Threepenny Opera is dark and dynamic

A really big show
No wonder, theatrically speaking, that The Threepenny Opera takes three hours to perform.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2011

Review: Tong-D

Terrific Thai in Barrington
Yes, it's sad to think about, but there was a day when there were no Thai restaurants in Rhode Island.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2011

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Review: 2nd Story's hilarious Vibrator Play

Mastering hysteria
Women certainly had plenty to be hysterical about toward the end of the 19th century, a time when Thomas Edison's technological advances were shining on the culture.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2011

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Review: The Gamm's Torture is front-loaded

Rights and wrongs
Black humor sure is better than no humor at all. What do you do with the disproved defenses of torture besides get angry?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2011

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Review: Paragon

A many splendored brunch
Sunday morning. Time to go out for brunch!
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2011


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