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Light lifting

A pair of trifles at Cornerstone Playhouse
Come summertime, when you’re sunning on the sand all day and evening rolls around, sometimes the theater equivalent of light beach reading is just what you need.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 23, 2008


Royal fun

Colonial’s rousing As You Like It
As You Like It  accomplishes what every production of a Shakespeare comedy tries to do.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 22, 2008

Italian Corner

A treat, but not every night
Italian Corner offers gourmet grinders every day, but from 5:30 to 8:30 on Saturday nights — and Friday nights, come August — proprietor Osvaldo Pirrò comes out of retirement as a master chef (Golden Fork Award and all) — to provide dinner.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008


Mind games

RWU’s intriguing Proof
The troupe at Roger Williams University’s Barn Summer Playhouse is taking on the delicate drama  Proof  with satisfying finesse.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008

Clothes call

A fully entertaining Monty
The musical version of The Full Monty comes across as bawdy and hilarious as intended in this version by Center Stage Productions.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008


Local colors

Mysterious doings in Providence
Two and a half years after publication of the well-received debut novel, Carom Shot , fans of the Providence-set mystery novel are finally seeing a series get underway.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008


Summer stock

The pleasantly diverting Beaux’ Strategem
The 2nd Story troupe roasts all of the chestnuts here in fine style, clichéd characters deliciously recognizable.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2008


The Little Inn

Instant nostalgia
The menu declares allegiance to “Slow food, prepared and cooked to your order, very carefully!”
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 25, 2008

Play time

A snappy Inspector Hound
The Barn Summer Playhouse is currently staging a snappy rendition of some of the most original and intellectually entertaining theater in the English language.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 24, 2008

Never say die

Revisiting George M !
George M! is a trip back to a time when entertainers were bigger than life, and flag-waving patriotism set off applause as easily as puppies and cute babies prompt aaahs.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 24, 2008


Up River Café

Sipping Prosecco on the Pawcatuck
It’s always a shame when a restaurant with a great location fails to equally impress with the actual food. Not to worry, however, about the Up River Café.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2008

Walking wounded

Perishable’s thought-provoking tig
It’s a contemporary adaptation of the Greek legend, most famously presented in Sophocles’s Antigone , aiming to make the story of duty and honor relevant to modern audiences.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 17, 2008


Traces of the Trade advances the discussion

Race + Reconciliation
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North charts the early history of the DeWolfs, a prominent Bristol family whose first three generations were prosperously involved in the slave trade.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2008


“Cryptic Providence” digs deep

It’s one thing to have performances on a stage and art works in a gallery, and another to accomplish what “Cryptic Providence” will do.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2008


Liberty Elm Diner

Neighborliness and buttermilk pancakes
Every neighborhood should have a diner like the Liberty Elm.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2008

Stridin’ with Fats

Ain’t Misbehavin’ by the Sea
Long live Theatre by the Sea! The shuttered Matunuck barn theater is open for business after being dark for four summers.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2008


Anything but tame

A smart take on Shakespeare’s Shrew
Director Peter Sampieri and an ace troupe are mounting a slam-bang production of the comedy that sparkles with originality and resolves a feminist objection to the play that we can assume is older than the play itself.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2008


The circle game

Befuddlement rules in Fuddy Meers
It’s a very funny reminder that laughter can make such absurdity almost worthwhile.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2008

Chinese Laundry

Exotic and erotic
Very Hong Kong street stall, kind of Blade Runner without the rain.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 22, 2008



Rory Raven's Haunted Providence
Rory Raven’s Haunted Providence is a must-read for anyone who likes to collect every stray fact of local history or hopes to frighten campers around midnight campfires this summer.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 19, 2008


Fever dreams

Fear and loathing in Desemboque
Written in the  tradition of the historieta — pulp comics sold in the tens of millions monthly from every Mexican newsstand and bodega — Dead in Desemboque comes across like a dying gringo’s border desert mirage.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 19, 2008

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