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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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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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The Gamm’s powerful After the Revolution

Truth and consequences
Family pressures are troublesome enough in the best of circumstances, but when they involve politics they can blow off the roof.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2012



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Couples run amok in God of Carnage

Uncivilized unions
Not since Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? have theater audiences been treated to such there-but-for-the-grace-of-marriage-counselors relief over their match not being so bad after all.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 11, 2012

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Bestiality, a parade of presidents, and two takes on Yermedea

Running the gamut
The array of theater this fall runs the usual entertainment-to-edification gamut of comedies and tragedies, but 2nd Story Theatre is packing both into their opener, Edward Albee's THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA? (September 21-October 2).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 12, 2012

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Review: Plum Pt. Bistro

The Contes do it well again
Plum Pt., the new eatery in Saunderstown, is definitely designed as a bistro, as was emphasized by our server, who noted that such places are intended to be noisy to provide the kind of bustling "energy" that attracts hip, young diners.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 04, 2012

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Wave III of Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

Variations and themes
The third and final "Wave" of the One-Act Play Festival at the Black Box Theatre (through August 26) is another varied batch, from romantic duets to a couple of fantasies.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 22, 2012

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Jersey Boys hits the high notes at PPAC

Street corner symphony
Jersey Boys could so easily have been just another jukebox musical, with familiar hits strung together as predictably as notes on a scale.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 22, 2012


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