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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

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

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