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The triumph of the will

The Wilbury Theatre Group gets to the heart and soul of 'Cabaret'
Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we barely survive fascist takeover. That wasn’t exactly the motto of 1931 Berlin, but it might as well have been.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 21, 2014

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Review: The Rathskeller

A welcome resurrection in Charlestown
One of the great things about an unpretentious place like Rhode Island is that every once in a while you come across an inexpensive restaurant — maybe even a pub — that serves fine food without all the fine dining folderol.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 21, 2014

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Unblurring the lines

An unsettling 'Blackbird' at the Gamm
Tough to take, this subject. In David Harrower’s ' Blackbird ,' we follow the aftermath, 15 years later, of a man having had sex with a 12-year-old girl when he was 40.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 14, 2014

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Love in the fast lane

'Becky's New Car' at 2nd Story
What’s your fantasy of a complete life makeover? In Tahiti under a palm tree? In Las Vegas sporting a diamond stickpin?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 14, 2014

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Review: Jade Cricket

Way above the usual Chinese cuisine
There are two seemingly contradictory facts about Chinese cuisine and this country. One, everybody likes it. And two, so many Chinese restaurants are mediocre.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2014

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That new-time religion

'The Book of Mormon' at PPAC
Yes, The Book of Mormon ' is worth all the fuss it’s prompted.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2014



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Searing social studies

Mixed Magic's 'God of Carnage'
If we want a civilized society, we have to study and practice civilized behavior. In other words, we’ve got to stop acting like goddamn savages.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2014

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Animal magnetism

2nd Story unleashes 'Sylvia'
Magical realism was never a more doggone hoot than in A.R. Gurney’s ' Sylvia. '
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2014

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Review: Los Andes

A bounty of Bolivian and Peruvian delights
There is a certain seraphic smile that spreads onto the face of someone approaching a favorite restaurant that he hasn’t indulged in for a long while.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2014

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Jailhouse romp

URI Theatre's 'Chicago' razzle dazzles
Come on, ’fess up. In your heart of hearts, you get a little tabloid thrill over a bang-bang jealous-lover news account.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2014

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Men at work

 Epic's magnificent 'Hurlyburly'
The Pulitzer Prize Board, which likes to honor theatrical gems of Americana, may have been remiss in not nominating David Rabe’s 1984 ' Hurlyburly .'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 16, 2014



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Searching for clues

Trinity Rep's 'Veronica Meadows'
A "girl detective" makes her  world premiere.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2014

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Rose-colored memories

Ocean State's 'Diary of Anne Frank'
Incessant media accounts of horrific events can prompt compassion fatigue.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2014

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Mental shrapnel

The Wilbury Theatre Group's nihilistic 'Blasted'
Brave or foolhardy? The Wilbury Theatre Group is presenting Sarah Kane’s controversial Blasted , a 1995 play that at the time was decried as juvenile, taken to the woodshed by critics, and flayed to shreds.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2014

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A rowdy romp

2nd Story's Le Dindon or The Dupe
In his time, Georges Feydeau was to theater what McDonald’s is to cuisine — cheap, easy to consume, and wildly popular.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2014

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Not feeling it

'Flashdance: The Musical' at PPAC
How strange that it took 25 years for the hit 1983 film ' Flashdance' to be adapted into a stage musical.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2014



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Review: Rick's Roadhouse

You know where their heart is
Ah, the sweet, tooth-tingling charms of barbecue.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2014

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Feels like the first time

The Gamm's masterful 'Macbeth'
So you’ve seen Macbeth so many times you can repeat the “tomorrow, and tomorrow” monologue along with the doomed Scot? Well, reconsider.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2014

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Living with the past

Epic's 'Great God Pan'
What you don’t know can’t hurt you. Right? Well, maybe.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2014

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Working at life

2nd Story's 'A Bright New Boise'
There are all sorts of ways to search for meaning in life, or give meaning to it, and we’re not handed a checklist at birth.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2014

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Musical wayback machine

Ocean State's 'All Night Strut!'
' The All Night Strut! ' is a jukebox revue aiming to get your toes tapping, even if you don’t spring into the aisle to jitterbug.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2014


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