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Don José Tequilas

A great Mexican outpost on the Hill
With the restaurants on Federal Hill packed bruschetta to osso buco, competing in slow-mo culinary combat, it’s good to see one old favorite survive and even thrive.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008


New + old classics

Life on the boards
As if freshly presenting stage classics isn’t challenging enough, new adaptations are in the lineups this fall at two companies, Trinity Repertory Company and the Gamm.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008


Living histories

The Gamm stages a remarkably timely Don Carlos
Political intrigue, parallels to today’s electoral brouhaha, and reminders of historical warnings, all presented in dignified but unpretentious blank verse cadences.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008

The West Deck

Not to be forgotten
Shame on us. There we were, scratching our heads over which Newport restaurant to choose as the destination for an visitor, and we didn’t think of the West Deck until last.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 27, 2008


To the Max

The Producers at Theatre by the Sea
The show’s success has to do with more than the Mel Brooks classic being a familiar crowd pleaser.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 13, 2008


High society

2nd Story’s hilarious Belle’s Stratagem
The current 2nd Story Theatre production — with slit-eyed coaching from the playwright — manages to make the message as familiar as yesterday.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 13, 2008

On edge

Fledgling Festival’s feisty fare
If a worldwide pandemic of sanity and accord suddenly swept across the continent, we’d not only have to deal without a follow-up to this year’s 4th Annual Fledgling Festival at Perishable Theatre.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 13, 2008

Red Stripe(1)

Moules frites for the masses
Now it’s starting to get scary.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 06, 2008


Off the beaten path

William Walsh’s work spans from the porn business to Calvin Trillin
William Walsh first wrote Without Wax: A Documentary Novel as a short story about a young man caught up in the world of triple-X adult films.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 05, 2008


All at sea

Local color spices Side By Each at the Rhode Island Film Festival
The Ocean State is a character as colorful as any of the ragtag denizens of Side by Each.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 05, 2008


RI International Film Fest marks 25 years

Reel life
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this time around, from August 5-10, the Rhode Island International Film Festival started out in 1983 as Flickers, a Newport film club.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008

Pho Horn

Authentic Vietnamese plus
Strictly speaking, this is not a pho shop, like the more than two-dozen in Boston that offer countless variations, since it offers much more — nearly 100 dishes.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008


Bigger! Better!!

The 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
This year the festival will host 58 world premieres and 41 North American premieres.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008


Fresh fare

Smart work from the Brown/Trinity Rep Playwrights Repertory Theatre
For the fourth consecutive summer, Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre has been showcasing new work by emerging playwrights.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008


Power playing

Theater by the Sea’s Evita
Theatre by the Sea is staging a slick rendition of Evita that gets across much of the power of the personalities and social forces involved.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 23, 2008

Light lifting

A pair of trifles at Cornerstone Playhouse
Come summertime, when you’re sunning on the sand all day and evening rolls around, sometimes the theater equivalent of light beach reading is just what you need.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 23, 2008


Royal fun

Colonial’s rousing As You Like It
As You Like It  accomplishes what every production of a Shakespeare comedy tries to do.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 22, 2008

Italian Corner

A treat, but not every night
Italian Corner offers gourmet grinders every day, but from 5:30 to 8:30 on Saturday nights — and Friday nights, come August — proprietor Osvaldo Pirrò comes out of retirement as a master chef (Golden Fork Award and all) — to provide dinner.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008


Mind games

RWU’s intriguing Proof
The troupe at Roger Williams University’s Barn Summer Playhouse is taking on the delicate drama  Proof  with satisfying finesse.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008

Clothes call

A fully entertaining Monty
The musical version of The Full Monty comes across as bawdy and hilarious as intended in this version by Center Stage Productions.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008


Local colors

Mysterious doings in Providence
Two and a half years after publication of the well-received debut novel, Carom Shot , fans of the Providence-set mystery novel are finally seeing a series get underway.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008

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