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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


2nd Story’s’ masterful A Few Good Men

Military precision
Wow. A Few Good Men may take place in a courtroom rather than on a battlefield, but you wouldn't know that from the psychological carnage explosively inflicted.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 05, 2012

RI Shakespeare Theatre’s As You Like It

Simply the best
Shakespeare never wrote a better comedy than As You Like It .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 06, 2012


Review: Iron Works Tavern

Fittingly hearty fare (and much more)
They damn well better serve steaks at the Iron Works Tavern.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 29, 2012


Courthouse dusts off Nunsense

Old habits
Nuns, the ones dressed to look like they belong to some Antarctic bird-worshiping cult, are still considered cute.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 15, 2012


Review: The ROI

Comfort food for kings and commoners
Anyone who liked DownCity Diner when Paul Shire opened it in 1990 or Oak when the chef was in charge there will love his newest restaurant, the ROI.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 15, 2012


Brown/Trinity Rep MFA’s revolutionary Tango

Old World order
A totalitarian regime can persist for many reasons: widespread timidity, complacency, political expediency, fear, and so on.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 08, 2012


The mind is the battleground in the Gamm’s 1984

Reality check
"War Is Peace" and "Freedom Is Slavery" were government slogans in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four , his dystopian fever dream.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 02, 2012


2nd Story’s uproarious Sister act

Divine comedy
Pity the poor nun. The hours are terrible, she's the butt of penguin jokes, and most people have gotten their impression of her from old movies.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 02, 2012


Review: Lim’s

A welcome addition to Thai restaurant ranks
Another Thai restaurant in Providence? Well, since Lim's has solid offerings that can stand up to comparisons, maybe they have a shot.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 02, 2012


Trinity’s Boeing-Boeing

Come fly with me . . . and me and me
Oh, what a tangled web they weave.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 24, 2012


Review: Cuban Revolution

Viva la ropa vieja!
As restaurant themes go, there must be some odder than that of Cuban Revolution.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 18, 2012

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