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Trinity Rep’s The How and the Why

Passion and polemics
Judging from the subject matter of The How and the Why , which Trinity Repertory Company is staging through December 30, you'd think that playwright Sarah Treem's successful latest work would be more of feminine than feminist concern, dismissing half of its audience.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 05, 2012


2nd Story’s affecting Lost In Yonkers

Not-so-simple Simon
Write about what you know is one of the first admonitions given to rookie writers, and few have heeded it better than Neil Simon.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2012


Review: Federal Hill Pizza

It’s in Warren. Go!
No, Federal Hill Pizza was not driven into Warren exile by the envy of its Italian restaurant competitors on Providence's Federal Hill.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2012


Epic’s unsettling Mr. Marmalade

An act of imagination
Is Mr. Marmalade dark but life-affirming, or life-affirming but dark?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2012


The Gamm’s illuminating Red

A painter’s passion
Whether or not the actual Mark Rothko was as irascible and violent-tempered as playwright John Logan depicts him in Red , the 1950s American art scene did feel his impact. So will those attending the powerful production at the Gamm Theatre, through December 16.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2012


Review: Jamestown Fish

Doing seafood proud
Seafood on the coast of New England should be no more difficult to find than pebbles on a beach.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2012


2nd Story’s An Inspector Calls

CSI: Bristol
The British drawing room mystery has always been an enjoyable staple of theater, however campy and quaint.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2012


TRIST’s malevolent Richard III

Evil wears the crown
They don't make villains like they used to. When it comes to malevolent malfeasance, Lex Luthor and Dr. No were unworthy to hold the cloak of Richard III as he rolled up his sleeves to dispatch another innocent.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2012


An uplifting Elf The Musical at PPAC

Spirit of the Season
It's about time elves get some credit for contributing to Christmas cheer.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 07, 2012


Brown’s Kiss of the Spider Woman

Prison breaks
As novels ripe for musical adaptation go, Kiss of the Spider Woman is no Les Misérables .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 07, 2012


Review: Ella’s

Excellence worth the price
In the Rhode Island tradition, Ella's can be described as the place where Capizzano's Restaurant used to be, prominently located. But Ella's has been earning a name of its own, and a recent visit made clear why.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 31, 2012

Courthouse Center for the Arts’ Dracula

There will be blood
We will always have horror films, as long as people will squeal and cling to the arms of their dates.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 24, 2012


The Wilbury Group’s marvelous Lungs

Oh, baby
If Lungs doesn't leave you out of breath, you're ready for competitive sprinting.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 17, 2012


The Grim Reaper looms in URI’s Marvin’s Room

At death’s door
Given a choice of laughing or crying over misfortune, blubbering isn't most people's pick.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 18, 2012

Review: Malt

Pretty fancy for a pub
Wisely, a new addition to the Newport dining scene is starting off modestly; it's little more than a pub, but enough more that it shows good promise and even some adventurousness. Malt opened this summer with little fanfare but soon earned a growing fan base.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 18, 2012

A high-flying Catch Me If You Can at PPAC

Man on the move
The subject and story of Catch Me If You Can sound like the flights of fancy that customarily keep musicals aloft, but it's propelled by an actual rascal and the unlikely high points of his actual career(s).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 10, 2012


Unusual soulmates in 2nd Story’s The Goat

Animal attraction
Edward Albee has always managed to drill deeply into the human heart and not stop until he gets a gusher, never more so than in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2012


Leigh and Melissa’s delightful Hamlette

It takes two
A two-person female Hamlet set in contrast to the drudgery of office work?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2012


Review: Bistro 9

Not just puttering around
Although Bistro 9 is located at the East Greenwich Golf Club, you don't have to be able to tell a nine iron from a tire iron to be comfortable here.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2012


The horror of genocide in Yermedea RAW

This brutal world
As difficult as it is to capture onstage an enormity such as genocide, a play at Brown University Theater is doubling the stakes by also addressing the maternal consequences of the deaths of young innocents.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2012


Trinity Rep’s superb King Lear

A triumphant tragedy
It's not a new thing, the complications of elder care.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2012

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