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The Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium
Providence used to be a more interesting theater town back before its off-Trinity mainstays, 2nd Story Theatre and the Gamm, moved up and over to Pawtucket and Warren, respectively.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 10, 2008

The Loft

Dining in a surreal seascape
The Loft is the restaurant at NYLO Providence/Warwick, a new hotel, so the impression that diners get over their Point Judith calamari or apple-tini is going to affect how they anticipate the digs upstairs; Crisp salad, crisp sheets.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 03, 2008


The definitive family breakfast restaurant
How in the world can a restaurant that serves only breakfast and lunch — the least expensive two-thirds of the business — stay in business?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2008


Triumph of the will

2nd Story's stirring Miracle Worker
It's easy enough— unavoidable, actually — to admire and be amazed by the accomplishments of Helen Keller, but it took the account by playwright William Gibson for the remarkable work of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, to be so widely appreciated.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2008


Lockerbie overdoes the melodrama
Playwright Deborah Brevoort looked at the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, shook her head, and reduced the tragedy to its effect on one family and one town in The Women of Lockerbie , being staged by Roger Williams University Theatre (through November 22).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2008


Timeless treat

It's hard not to enjoy a rousing production of Oklahoma!, for more reasons than any musical needs in order to get audiences smiling and humming afterward. URI Theatre is pleasing those familiar with the classic and winning new fans with a production (through November 23) that just can't stop moving.
URI heads to Oklahoma!
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2008



Inexpensive elegance
Usually, an ethnic restaurant in Rhode Island means one of two things: cheap eats or fancy surroundings. Estoril, in Fall River, offers a twofer — chandelier and cloth napkin elegance, plus good Portuguese food that’s surprisingly inexpensive.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2008

A 'beautiful life'

Center Stage's Cabaret is in top form
In the context of today's new political dawn, Cabaret , the Kander and Ebb musical about 1930 Berlin, is like one of those silly horror movies that couples go to for an excuse to cling together and shriek. Isn't it great that the mayhem isn't happening to us is the unspoken message.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2008


Power play(1)

The Gamm's An Ideal Husband
At this time of renewed political idealism in the country, director Judith Swift has labeled the London setting of An Ideal Husband , at the Gamm through December 7, as "inspired by the 19th century, set in the 20th century, reflected in the 21st century."
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2008


Machupicchu Restaurante

A little corner of Peru
A little corner of Peru
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 05, 2008


It’s all relative

PC’s madcap Charley’s Aunt
There is something especially fascinating about a play that you know knocked the socks (or sandals) off its original audiences.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2008


Loud and clear

Center Stage Productions is branching out in South County
Things certainly changed dramatically at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston when Russ Maitland signed on last December as executive director.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2008


An intriguing trio

Perishable’s Women’s Playwriting Festival
There were 196 plays submitted to Perishable Theatre, and three were chosen for the 14th International Women’s Playwriting Festival.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2008


Family dining for cheapskates
Sunday’s daily special at Spirito’s, an all-you-can-eat roasted chicken deal that borrows from the Blackstone Valley tradition, includes pasta, as well as French fries and salad — for $9.95. You read that right.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2008


A powerhouse play

URI’s compelling Small Tragedy
For a play titled Small Tragedy , playwright Craig Lucas certainly has packed in a bundle of large feelings.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2008

Into the woods

Theater of Thought’s Brilliant Traces
In its several productions, the Narragansett-based Theater of Thought has finessed the problem quite nicely — by making us flies on that wall, as the expression goes.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2008

Kon Asian Bistro

With a heavy Japanese accent
Kon is essentially Japanese, but it calls itself an “Asian Bistro,” inviting us to cross borders.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 08, 2008


A battling brood

2nd Story’s stormy Another Part of the Forest
Although Lillian Hellman wrote Another Part of the Forest as a prequel after The Little Foxes , it was by no means an afterthought.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2008


World party

Fresh fare at the FirstWorks Festival
In its fifth year, FirstWorks Festival 2008 has grown to be a culturally diverse showcase, distinctly international in flavor, with an array of theater and family entertainment.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 01, 2008

Race and rage

Brown’s Funnyhouse packs a punch
Race relations in America were in tumult when Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro was first staged in 1962.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2008


Motel hell

PBRC’s creepy-crawly Bug
For all its ambition to wider purpose, it’s mainly a horror story.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2008

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