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The strained poetry of . . . and Jesus Moonwalks
Unfortunately, while many passages of fervently gathered lyricism are thrust toward us like exotic bouquets between scenes of ordinary conversation, the poetry doesn’t accumulate impact.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 15, 2008


Goodness by the gallon
It surprises me every time.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2008


Ghost story

Trinity’s gleeful Blithe Spirit
Audiences just wanna have fun. Sometimes.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2008


Musical man

Jason Simon ends his run in The Producers
When holographic projection technology gets perfected, you can be sure that Mel Brooks’s The Producers will be one of the first holograms released.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2008


Still Funny

PC brings Fanny Brice back to life
The musical Funny Girl wasn’t made for just Barbra Streisand.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2008

A different angle

Mark Peckham directs a ‘scary piece’
“That’s what I demand of my actors, that they come in with ideas and work,” Peckham insists. “I’m not interested in someone who stands there and says, ‘What do you want me to do?’"
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2008


A brutal world

2nd Story’s Orpheus Descending
Orpheus Descending is such an urgent work that you can see how Tennessee Williams allowed an earlier version of it to pop squalling into the world before it was fully gestated.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2008


Horrror fans to mark ‘Lovecraft Rising’

Literary life
The man famously wrote, “I am Providence,” so it just wouldn’t be right for folks in this town to say, “H.P. who ?”
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2008


Parlor games

Gamm’s Boston Marriage is a ticklish toss-off
The 19th-century practice of the lesbian “Boston marriage” was packed with enough human urgency and necessary social hypocrisy to supply any number of plays.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2008


Labor of love

The Narragansetts’ Stories in Stone
The last glacier that passed through New England did its part, stopping here and releasing its burden of boulders, rocks, and stones as it receded.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2008

Basic training

Cornerstone revives Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues  
Neil Simon has always been a problematical playwright of comedies when it comes to taking him seriously.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2008


Life lines

Michael Morse’s Rescuing Providence
When Michael Morse was a boy in the 1970s, the TV show Emergency was his favorite, and when playing war he always wanted to be the medic.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2008

Loie Fuller’s

The Left Bank meets the West Side
The bistro Loie Fuller’s, like its namesake, manages to be demure and flamboyant at the same time.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008

Killing time

Theater of Thought’sBash is a must-see
Every once in a while a playwright comes along with a distinct point of view and a voice that can’t be ignored.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008


An identity crisis

Brown tackles Ibsen’s knotty Peer Gynt
On stage there’s nothing like a bad boy, mugging brazenly like Mick Jagger or hurtling toward comeuppance like a medieval morality play sinner.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008


A royal treat

Camelot shines brightly at PPAC
You’ve got to hand it to the Obama team for going that extra step.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2008

The music men

URI Theatre rocks Amadeus
Like the playwright’s Equus, the spotlight focuses like a laser beam on an obsession.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2008


Court and spark

Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium’s lively Figaro
Theater productions sometimes go to great pains (often ours) to make a period play relevant to modern audiences.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2008

Temple Downtown

No secret handshake required
When plans were made to convert the abandoned shell of the Masonic Temple into the upscale Renaissance Hotel, what chance was there that a restaurant in the basement would be, well, adorably funky?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2008


Nude vs. prude

Some Things  at Trinity
Sally Mann doesn’t take photographs, she does Rorschach tests.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2008


Both sides now

The ugly beauty of Some Things Are Private
The actors were shown a number of photographs by Sally Mann and asked to decide which of them they found the most beautiful and which the most disturbing.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 20, 2008

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