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Seeing Red

2nd Story’s Sunset scares up some laughs
Theatergoers just like to have fun. If you agree with that statement, or at least don’t sputter, you might enjoy 2nd Story Theater’s take on Charles Busch’s Red Scare on Sunset .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 12, 2008

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Identity crisis

Providence Black Rep’s The Bluest Eye
“My eyes,” she says. “I want them blue. I want them blue so my mama love me and I have friends and people don’t do ugly things in front of me and I stop being invisible.”
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 12, 2008

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The art of violence

Gamm’s Pillowman is unsettling
The most frightening thing about this play is the prospect that less than first-rate actors can perform it, skating upon its sensationalism rather than sinking into its depths.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008

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Power mad

Trinity Rep’s timely Richard III
Trinity Repertory Company is staging a version of Richard III that comes at us like a Sherman tank.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008

McCormick + Schmick’s Seafood

Where familiar dishes don't get old
There are trickier culinary specialties out there — preparing fugu comes to mind, since a death or two from blowfish nerve poison can affect a place’s Chowhound rating.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 30, 2008

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Mind Games I

Imagination A-Go-Go at Elemental
The imagination knows its own way, but it sometimes needs marching orders.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 19, 2012



Mind games II

Agnes of God is still a blank slate
Absolute opinions, whether divinely or intellectually inspired, can ironically lead to confusion rather than certainty.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2008

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Horribly nice

Trinity seeks the truth in the lies of Richard III
Talk about a bad rap.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 23, 2008

Sexual politics

PC vs. The Vagina Monologues
Eve Ensler’s play is as much a manifesto as a dramatic production, not so much agitprop but an animated display of wordy protest signs condemning violence against women.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2008

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Exhibitionist

A collection of fabulous imaginings
Alex Rose plunges readers down little three- or four-page rabbit holes, so we don’t know where reality leaves off and fantasy begins.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 08, 2008

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Renaissance man

Alex Rose wants to do it all
"I don’t think I’ll ever have anything to pitch to a commercial publisher,” Alex Rose says.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 08, 2008



Eleven Forty Nine

This one's a keeper
For many years, a Rhode Island tradition has played out in which a prominent Warwick location has continually morphed into different restaurants, like in a fever dream of Walter Potenza.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 02, 2008

The Barn

A cool, imaginative start to the day
Over the years, I’d heard about the Barn but never managed to get there before the closed sign flipped.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 26, 2007

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Best of show

Providence theatre: 2007 in review
After all, every nominee for a best actor or actress Tony or Oscar usually deserves to win.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2007

The Pump House

Bargains and coziness galore
Perched next to Rocky Brook Pond, the stone-walled Pump House restaurant — a retired pumping station for South Kingstown — has been an attractive eatery for three decades.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 12, 2007

Girls to Women

URI Theatre stages the novel-as-musical
A good college production of a weak musical like Little Women is certainly a better deal than a weak production of a Broadway favorite.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2007



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A stellar Scrooge

Trinity’s Christmas Carol sets a new standard
Yes, this Christmas Carol sets a new standard for Trinity. Don’t miss it.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 09, 2007

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Words in action

Wild Porcelain lives up to its name
Have you ever had one of those dreams where a lot of wacky things don’t make much sense, but your psyche is having such a good time pumping them out that you wake up shaking your head laughing?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2007

Wetherlaine’s

More than ESPN and burgers
It’s where Box Seats, the sports bar up in Woonsocket, used to be.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 28, 2007

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O funny night

Away in a manger with 2nd Story
When not seen as a theological argument, the story of Christmas can be taken as a humanistic encouragement of peace on Earth and goodwill to humanity.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2007

Heart to heart

Trinity Rep’s hurtful, humorous Memory House
It’s a wonder, Gilmore Girls notwithstanding, that our species keeps producing mothers willing to produce daughters.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2007


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