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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Review: A riveting Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Wedded blisters
Edward Albee’s brilliant, savage first full-length play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , needs to be done marvelously or not at all. So, thank goodness this Perishable Theatre production is a marvel indeed.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 08, 2010

Review: Minh Hai

Vietnamese cuisine only, wonderfully so
The silences were fascinating. Usually with five people around a table eating, there's conversation.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 17, 2010


The later, the better

Black Box's one-act play festival
Showcases for local talent tend to be hit-or-miss affairs. Although it provides a few bull's-eye successes, Black Box Theatre's 4th Annual One-Act Play Festival (through August 22) unfortunately is freighted with misses.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 18, 2010


Found in translation

2nd Story's The Foreigner is delightful
The Foreigner , by Larry Shue, holds a special place in the muscle memory of my smiles and in my fond recollections of the early days of 2nd Story Theatre, which is staging it through September 5.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 18, 2010


Rave on

Center Stage's hook-filled Buddy Holly Story
Although Don McLean sang of the abrupt death of Charles Hardin Holley as "the day the music died," it's more accurate to describe his soaring career as the days the music began.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 11, 2010


Grin and bare it

Theatre by the Sea's rollicking The Full Monty
I don't know what the entertainment high point of your summer has been so far, but if you didn't honeymoon in island breezes or win a lottery, have I got a contender for you.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 12, 2010

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