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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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'Rainbow' coalition

Mixed Magic's 'For Colored Girls'
' For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf ,' Ntozake Shange’s lengthy choreopoem, was first performed in 1975 and presented on Broadway the following year, but the concerns it expresses are hardly restricted by time — or, largely, even race.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2014

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A hard knock life

Trinity Rep's rousing 'Oliver!'
The musical Oliver! certainly earns its exclamation point, especially as pumped up in this lively Trinity Repertory Company foray.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 26, 2014

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Forever young

'Peter and the Starcatcher' at PPAC
Most of us have probably never thought much about where Peter Pan came from.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 26, 2014

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Review: Rasa

Essential Indian cuisine
As if lovers of Indian food weren’t doing well enough around here with such places as Kabob and Curry on Thayer Street and Rasoi in Pawtucket, owner Sanjiv Dhar has opened another restaurant, Rasa, in East Greenwich.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 19, 2014

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Comedy central

Ocean State Theatre's 'Laughter On the 23rd Floor'
How could Neil Simon’s ' Laughter On the 23rd Floor ' lose, with its set-up of seven comedy writers whipping up yuks for an already entertaining boss?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 13, 2014



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The fabric of life

Trinity Rep's 'Intimate Apparel'
' Intimate Apparel ,' by Lynn Nottage, concludes with a projected photograph of an anonymous black seamstress in 1905, and the staging by Trinity Repertory Company can be thought of as imagining her life.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2014

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A mirthful melodrama

2nd Story's hectic 'Seven Keys to Baldpate'
Damn you, George M. Cohan!
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2014

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An eternal song

The Wilbury's poetic "An Iliad"
Like knowing we are going to die, knowing that there are going to be wars is something we can grow inured to.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2014

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A family feast

The Gamm offers a satisfying 'Big Meal'
Zipping along at the speed of changing relationships, ' The Big Meal ,' by Dan LeFranc, is being given an energetic and fascinating production at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2014

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Happily ever after

'The Lyons' go for the throat at 2nd Story
As dysfunctional families go, you could imagine worse than the antic gaggle in Nicky Silver’s darkly hilarious ' The Lyons .'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2014



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Review: Figidini Wood Fire Eatery

Peerless pizza, and much more
Wood-fire grilling has become so popular in recent years that we can expect it soon in Chinese restaurants.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2014

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'Wicked' good

A spellbinding witches' tale at PPAC
It’s not easy being green, but it’s no walk in the park being mean either. Those are the lessons of the wildly popular musical ' Wicked ,' at the Providence Performing Arts Center.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 31, 2013

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Review: ChopHouse Grille

Get there before the lines form
Vegans and vegetarians, step aside for a moment. The hunters are returning in greater numbers, gently pushing aside the gatherers.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 31, 2013

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Curtain calls

Golda, Raskolnikov, and some 'Good People'
There were many noteworthy theatrical happenings this year, from the definitively executed classic tragedy of ' Othello ' at Mixed Magic Theatre to the cleverly quirky and whimsical ' This Might Not Be It ' at Epic Theatre Company.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 24, 2013

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Offbeat treat

The Wilbury's 'A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant'
Very odd, very brave, and curiously interesting. The Wilbury Group’s staging of  'A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant' is all three because it’s. . . well, a children’s pageant.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2013



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Musical merriment

Ocean State's 'Miracle On 34th Street'
You might be able to find a more amiable and Christmas-spirited entertainment than 'Miracle On 34th Street,' the charming 1947 film with Maureen O’Hara and a precocious eight-year-old Natalie Wood.
By:  |  December 18, 2013

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A twisted 'Christmas'

The RI Shakespeare Company and Big Nazo's 'Carol'
At this time of year, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is such a cash cow for theaters that you can almost hear the mooing.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 11, 2013

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Aching to be

Out Loud's raucous 'Cowboy Mouth'
Sam, Patti — how the hell did you ever survive your misspent youth?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 11, 2013

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A kinder, gentler Scrooge

Trinity's ever-classic 'A Christmas Carol'
As Trinity Repertory Company devotees are reminded each year at this time, the more things stay the same, the more they change.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2013

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Presents, tense

Contemporary Theatre Company's charming 'Gift of the Magi'
The Gift of the Magi , the O. Henry short story published in 1906, is as simple as a haiku: Couple sells treasures/to buy each other presents./Ain’t love ironic?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2013


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