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Review: The Gamm's Child's Christmas in Wales

Thomas's tales
The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre is presenting Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales , always a good idea at this time of year. This expanded version of the 2003 adaptation by artistic director Tony Estrella incorporates fragments of other works by the Welsh poet, even a complete short story, and continues in a short run through December 26.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 15, 2010


Review: Tennessee Williams's self-indulgent Vieux Carré

Only the lonely
Tennessee Williams scholars and melodrama buffs will be quick-marching over to the Brown/Trinity Rep performance of his early Vieux Carré (at the Pell Chafee Performance Center through December 19).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 15, 2010

Review: Hemenway's Dockside Dining

Not just a clone of Providence
When a successful restaurant opens another location, the easiest thing is to clone the original, or at least the menu that was its claim to fame.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 15, 2010


URI's lively Rocky Horror Show

A terrific Time Warp
Although more fans know the comical musical from the 1975 film version, if any performance was made for the stage, The Rocky Horror Show is. The current production at URI Theatre is demonstrating this in full fright-wig fervor through December 12.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 08, 2010


An enchanting South Pacific at PPAC

Love and war
History is written by the winners, and there are few good-guy winners in the history of warfare more hallowed and haloed than the American victors of World War II, saviors of Western civilization.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 08, 2010


Review: Trinity Rep gets to the Heart of Scrooge

The inner Ebenezer
The more things stay the same, the more they change; at least that's so regarding Trinity Repertory Company's A Christmas Carol (through December 31). Every year on Washington Street, they task themselves with resurrecting the Charles Dickens tale by breathing new life into it.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 01, 2010

Review: Billy's

Philanthropy for foodies
Prominent in Billy's is the sort of plaque and menu notation you expect to see in a tavern that has "Ye Olde" in front of its name, only this one declares "Est. 2009." Optimistic. In a business that has the mortality rate of migrating salmon, it's approaching its second anniversary and appears healthy, as the "Reservations Recommended" suggestion on its website implies.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 01, 2010


Review: 2nd Story's spirited School For Wives

The mating game
With increasing delight, we knew what was ahead for us when Tom Roberts, in whiteface and rosy cheeks, gave the 2nd Story Theatre audience their customary instructions in verse: "If at intermission you phone, text or tweet/ please turn it off when you return to your seat," and such.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 24, 2010


Preview: Trinity charts Ebenezer's emotional journey

The Tao of Scrooge
There are more than 30 different productions of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol being performed at hundreds of theaters around the country, usually in clone versions as identical as re-screened films. Familiarity breeds big box office.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 30, 2010


Review: Fusionworks gets really physical

Mesmerizing movements
The rock/jazz fusion band Bixit will be amping up the energy for collaborative dance concerts with Fusionworks, at Rhode Island College's Sapinsley Hall on November 19 and 20 at 8 pm.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 16, 2010


Review: A Radio City Christmas at PPAC

High-kicking holiday spirit
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular , at the Providence Performing Arts Center through November 28, should be called Santa Claus and the 18 Leggy Showgirls . They could have packed the place with hubbies.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 16, 2010

Review: Apsara Palace

For cheapskate food fans
It's more than being loved by our mommy and being safe from barbarians from the North that we take for granted, isn't it? I found myself again and again going to Apsara Palace for lunch when I was in town, kind of a gastronomic migratory impulse, before it occurred to me to review the place and figure out what was so appealing.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 17, 2010


Review: Center Stage's charming Cinderella

Once upon a time
Shiny and sparkly as it is, the fairy tale Cinderella will always be appealing. Most would say that's because our little girls and boys need hope in a discouraging world; others might suggest that the cruel world needs help teaching girls and boys passivity and wishful thinking, to make them compliant citizens.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 11, 2010

Review: Wickford Diner

Good food, pure and simple
It doesn't look like a diner from its gray shingled exterior, and it looks like more than a diner from its extended menu, but the folks at the Wickford Diner don't care about appearances — they just want to feed you.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 11, 2010

Review: Cafe Longo

Like Mama used to make
I suppose there are braver things to do. Perhaps charging a machine gun nest or serving a loosely wrapped braciole to a Sicilian grandmother. But open yet another Italian restaurant on Federal Hill, as Café Longo did in spring of 2009, sounds like diving off a cliff.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 03, 2010


Review: Festival Ballet celebrates Balanchine

By George
There is a long list of reasons why George Balanchine is regarded as the greatest and most influential choreographer of the 20th century.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 02, 2010


Review: PC updates Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

Queen of mean
Bad girls these days may act out more flamboyantly than the anti-heroine namesake of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler . But Hedda makes up in shrewdness what she lacks in spectacle.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 02, 2010


Trinity's rollicking Absurd Person Singular

All about Eves
Very strange. It's as though British playwright Alan Ayckbourn had come to Trinity Rep, studied its veteran acting company, laughed heartily at the amusing talent on display, then went home and wrote Absurd Person Singular for six of the actors.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 27, 2010


Gamm's Mauritius gets a stamp of semi-approval

Unsuspended disbelief
The very idea of spinning a tale of suspense and high drama over stamp collecting is comical, so Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius is certainly funny. The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre is staging it through November 21, directed by Rachel Walshe.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 27, 2010


URI's Spinning Into Butter looks at racism

Interracial harmony, good. Racism, bad. One-to-one, honest communication between people with differences is healthy and necessary.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 27, 2010

Review: Basil's of Narragansett

Doing the Continental
Like the rolling surf a stone's throw from Basil's of Narragansett, a fine dining restaurant as reliable as this one never changes when it comes to essentials.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 20, 2010

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