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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Sabrina charms at 2nd Story

Sophisticated lady
With their usual flair, 2nd Story Theatre is staging Sabrina Fair , the 1953 light romance by Samuel A. Taylor that provided the template for the film adaptation titled Sabrina .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 14, 2012


Review: La Strada Café & Pizzeria

The real thing
Summer at the seashore isn't just about clam shacks, and certainly not in Matunuck ever since La Strada opened last year.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2012


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

Squeezing out sparks
Wave II of the Black Box Theatre One Act Play Festival at the Artists' Exchange is going for duets, for the most part, through August 12.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2012


The 16th Annual RI International Film Festival

Movie mania!
The 16th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) will screen its top choices, presenting more than 200 films.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2012


Brown’s trio of tepid new plays

Growing pains
Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep's annual trio of new plays has been on the boards at Leeds Theatre since July 11.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2012


Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

Lightning round
Short one-act plays can come across as trivial, a joke that's all punchline, or as resonant as a pivotal scene from a two-hour drama.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 25, 2012


Review: Jim’s Dock

A succulent summertime tradition
There are some traditional celebrations, like the Fourth of July or Secretary's Day, that you comply with out of habit or generosity.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 25, 2012


Bloody Andrew Jackson’s revisionist history

Anarchy in the US
If Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson were a chapter in a history book, it would be a comical pop-up section showing arrows and tomahawks flying, fists and flags waving, audible gunfire, political rallies, lots of speech balloons with bad language, and a punk soundtrack that would curl adjoining pages like the toes of dying wicked witches.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 17, 2012


Colonial’s Macbeth in Wilcox Park

Murder, he wrote
The dolorous Dane provides endless fascination and those star-crossed lovers will never run out of fans, but for sheer density of dramatic emotional conflict nothing beats Macbeth , as the Colonial Theatre is demonstrating in Westerly's Wilcox Park through July 29.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 17, 2012


Moody mind games in 2nd Story’s Rebecca

Dark shadows
The indoor equivalent to summertime beach reading is the stage melodrama.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 10, 2012


Titanic at the Courthouse Center for the Arts

That sinking feeling
If the anguished story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic didn't exist, we would have had to invent it.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2012


Review: Italian Corner

Destination dining (just one night a week)
Please don't read this review. Really, I'm begging you. If you do, I won't be able to get another plate of pasta at Italian Corner for the next few months.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 26, 2012


Mixed Magic’s When Mahalia Sings

Amazing grace
Mahalia Jackson was more than a celebrity before her death in 1972.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 26, 2012


Motherhood: The Musical at Trinity

Babies and beyond
Motherhood: The Musical was created mainly to cheer on the fact that mommies just wanna have fun.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 12, 2012

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