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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Children of Eden's entertaining Bible stories

Family feuds
The team behind Children of Eden have plenty of creative cred; that's one thing in its favor. And then there's the backhanded compliment that the show isn't likely to turn you into a whooping, fundamentalist Bible-thumper.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 19, 2010

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Review: 2nd Story's darkly funny Kimberly Akimbo

Quickly aging here
Ironic, isn't it, how in the theater less can be so much more? Digital derring-do may have turned Brad Pitt into an aging Benjamin Button on film, but that's lazy trickery next to what's accomplished in David Lindsay-Adaire's Kimberly Akimbo , now onstage at 2nd Story Theatre (through October 24).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 12, 2010

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Trinity's Absurd Person Singular

Trinity nails down Alan Ayckbourn
As playwriting goes, there's prolific and then there's prolific. There's, say, Shakespeare with his piddling 38 plays. And then there's someone like Alan Ayckbourn: 73 full-length babies, and counting.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 14, 2010

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Women's Playwriting Festival at Perishable

New views
Kicking off a season in which all Perishable Theatre plays will be written by women, the 15th International Women's Playwriting Festival is presenting the world premieres of three plays selected from hundreds. It's running through October 23.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 06, 2010



Review: Tierra Restaurant & Lounge

Covering lots of ethnic ground
Here's a welcome addition to the ongoing revitalization of Pawtucket.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 06, 2010

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Review: Mixed Magic's Art of Attack

Games people play
Both the first and the last line we hear in Art of Attack , by Asa Merritt, is: "You must take your opponent into a deep, dark forest where two and two are five and the way out is only wide enough for one."
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 29, 2010

Review: Brown tackles Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind

The beast within
Sam Shepard's The Tooth of Crime was scheduled for this season at Brown University Theatre/Sock & Buskin, but the playwright pulled it from production availability to update the 1972 play, as he had done in 1995.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 29, 2010

Review: Half Moon

Making things special
The Half Moon is a pert and personable cloth-napkin place off the beaten track in Coventry. It’s not likely to lure diners from restaurant-rich Providence, but it’s worth checking out if you’re in the neighborhood.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 22, 2010

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Review: Trinity Rep's magical Camelot

An enchanted evening
Camelot is a hard musical not to like, even for those who don’t like to like musicals.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 22, 2010



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The Executioner comes to Providence

Film Dept.
Manny Perez, who wrote and stars in the new crime thriller La Soga, spent a part of his adolescence in Providence. He still visits family here. And Lord knows he could have found plenty of material in the city’s storied history of gangsterism.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 22, 2010

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Fall Theater Preview: Musicals and more

Belting it out and acting up
If we've come to know anything about 2nd Story Theatre, it's that we shouldn't presume to know what plays to expect.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2010

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Review: Trinity Rep revisits Camelot

A royal revival
Ask the historians, the psychologists, the sociologists. The more a society is troubled, the more it harkens back to a Golden Age — such as the one depicted in Camelot , the Lerner and Loewe musical that Trinity Repertory Company is staging through October 10.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2010

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Review: Gamm Theatre stages Glengarry Glen Ross

Leading men
As a playwright, David Mamet is tritely, inaccurately, and frequently accused of being a misogynist. But the evidence of his 1982 Glengarry Glen Ross indicates quite the opposite.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 08, 2010

Review: Ichigo Ichie

Beyond tempura and teriyaki
Do you know anyone who still thinks that a meal at a Japanese restaurant means starting with a cup of miso soup, continuing with a California roll, and settling for teriyaki or tempura for the main course? If so, send them to Ichigo Ichie, which is to a quiet sushi bar as strolling Tokyo’s bustling Ginza is to meditating in a temple.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 07, 2010


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