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Review: Tina's Jamaican Caribbean Restaurant

Fine fare with a tropical accent
Fed up with winter? Couple of options. Hit the web and book an impulse flight to some palm-tree-bedecked island. Or drive to Tina's Jamaican Caribbean Restaurant, bask in the colorful ambience, and prepare yourself to be fed as well as any Rastaman who strolls in.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 15, 2011


Review: Trinity's Yellowman gets beneath the surface

Pride and prejudice
With its usual acting prowess, distilled into two characters, Trinity Repertory Company is presenting an affecting drama about black-on-black prejudice, Dael Orlandersmith's Yellowman .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 08, 2011

Review: Brown's As You Like It turns the tables

Role reversal
There can be too much of a good thing, as Rosalind in As You Like It brings up in the course of things, thereby introducing the phrase to the English language. In a related caution, familiarity breeds contempt, as an Aesop's fable had it.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 08, 2011

Review: Ebisu

Ingenuity instead of sushi
If you like Japanese food but you’re sick of sushi, then you’ll probably love Ebisu. Named after one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, who brings luck to fishermen and merchants, the place doesn’t even serve sushi, as if the offering would be too boringly obvious.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 09, 2011

Review: Yesterday's

Nostalgic setting, contemporary delights
Funny thing, nostalgia. When it's about an era you haven't personally experienced, the reminders can be all over the place. Yesterday's bills itself as an alehouse, so visual cues try to trigger images of clanking, frothing mugs.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 02, 2011

Review: RWU's rollicking Lucky Stiff

Life's rich pageant
If Lucky Stiff were any funnier, doctors would have to be standing by to attend all the knees being overenthusiastically slapped. The farcical musical is playing at Roger Williams University Theatre through March 5, and the production doesn't waste many opportunities for hilarity.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 01, 2011

Review: CTC's minimalist Romeo and Juliet

An amusing tragedy
Ah, young love. So sweet, so unguarded, so unwise. Parents can caution the younger of their teenagers all they want, but William Shakespeare has undermined their efforts by promoting the blissful aspect in Romeo and Juliet . Yes, it's a tragedy and they die at the end, but that's a minor annoyance next to their joy.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 23, 2011

Review: Noodles 102

Simply delicious
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity — life is frittered away by too-fancy restaurants, to paraphrase Harry Thoreau if he were famished and looking for a good, quick meal.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 23, 2011

Review: Le Central

Cherchez la lunch
Their slogan is "Where the East Bay meets the Left Bank," and Le Central, in the middle of Bristol, usually does a fine job fulfilling the claim with more than good french fries. Gone are the days when the town had to settle for a Café La France on the spot.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 15, 2011

Review: Mirth and murder in Clue: The Musical

Games people play
The board game Clue has been entertaining families since the end of World War II, when people were especially eager for distractions.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 15, 2011


Review: Trinity Rep’s Crucible is potent

Hidden agendas
The Crucible is a profoundly moving story, especially when inhabited by the talents at Trinity Repertory Company. This is the third time the group has taken on Arthur Miller's masterwork of American theater, the last a quarter-century ago.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 17, 2011


Review: The Lion King inspires at PPAC

A roaring success
The Lion King is roaring at the Providence Performing Arts Center through February 20, and the theatergoing denizens of this urban jungle are happy.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 10, 2011

Review: Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub

Beer, burgers, ball games, and much more
Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub is an old-fashioned gem: an informal eatery where you can chow down on wonderful food over a brew or a few: there are 157 on tap and in bottles, at last count.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 09, 2011


Review: Elemental's hit-and-miss 'Go.Go Plays'

Finding the funny
Elemental Theatre Collective's "Go.Go Plays" have been an imaginative grab bag of one-acts since 2007, and the fifth annual event is no exception.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 08, 2011


Review: 2nd Story's Becky Shaw is engaging

Emotional evolution
It's fascinating to watch what people put themselves through to insulate themselves from what they put themselves through through other people. Got that?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 02, 2011


Preview: Trinity Rep takes The Crucible to the streets

Truth and consequences
Arthur Miller's The Crucible was a seminal work of American theater, taking a shameful passage of history — the Salem witch trials of the late 17th century — and melding it in the audience's consciousness with a contemporary parallel — the Red Scare hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which prompted a Hollywood blacklist of suspects.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 02, 2011


Festival Ballet's emotional, sensual Carmen

Gypsy woman
Although the gypsy girl Carmen is most familiar from the 1875 opera of that name by Georges Bizet, local audiences have also become acquainted with the Carmen performed by Festival Ballet, which was commissioned by them and first appreciated in the 2003-04 season.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 25, 2011

Review: Louis Family Restaurant

Just like Mama tried to make
There are no Greek columns outside or marble steps, but make no mistake: Louis Family Restaurant is an institution in Providence.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 25, 2011


Review: The Gamm's masterful Doll's House

A matter of trust
There have been other plays well worth seeing this season, but nothing like this masterpiece at the Gamm. And I don't mainly mean the classic by Henrik Ibsen itself, since A Doll's House in shaky hands can come across as shrill and lesson-laden.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 26, 2011

Review: Local 121

Sincerely tethered
Local 121 isn't a locabore about their commitment to "locally harvested food and drink." The restaurant just places a list of some of their "local resources" at the bottom of their menu: Matunuck Oyster Farm, Prima Pasta, Sakonnet Vineyards, and so on.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 18, 2011


Gina Gionfriddo on the art of playwriting

Character studies
Although playwright Gina Gionfriddo was raised in Washington, D.C., Rhode Island has also made its contributions, since she polished her writing skills at Brown University, where in the late 1990s she sought out eventual Pulitzer winner Paula Vogel and her MFA playwriting program, attracted by the kind of dark comedy Vogel was coming up with.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 18, 2011

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