"It's an odd time to be directing The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a play set in an Ireland still struggling with remnants of the Troubles, which references Boston as the Promised Land," Swift informs P&J. "I was talking with a nurse who lives right near the fateful Marathon finish line and who also remembered her girlhood fear of bombs as everyday realities. Boston is the land of Irish immigrants who went on to teach us all about the journey from bigotry to prominence. The courage recently shown by its residents owes much to the Celtic spirit of that long subjugated and often spurned tribe."
Beauty Queen will run through June 2. Tickets are available at 401.723.4266 or gammtheatre.org. As P&J always say, be there or be square . . . you little beauties.
RALLYING FOR RIPTA
At 3:30 pm on Thursday, May 2 — the day this issue hits newsstands — there will be a rally at the State House in support of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, aka "the buses." As you probably know, our fiscally challenged transit system is once again facing serious changes unless General Assembly leaders can enact financing reforms. To that end, State Representative Jay O'Grady will introduce a bill supported by numerous community leaders and transit advocates.
Organizers are happy to report that Speaker Gordon Fox has agreed to speak at the rally, where he will be presented with a letter (already signed by many representatives) to make the transit funding issue a priority during this legislative session
Sombreros off to Don Rhodes and the RIPTA Riders Alliance for their hard work in support of a thoughtful and comprehensive transit strategy. As a RIPTA rider himself, Jorge fully supports this effort. (And a note of disclosure: Phillipe serves on the Coalition for Transportation Choices, one of the advocates for transit funding in Rhode Island.)
A great lineup of women rockers will be performing at a show called "ROCK GIRLS ROBOTS" on the afternoon and evening of Sunday, May 5 at Roots Cultural Center in downtown Providence. The event is a fundraiser for the Trudeau Center and Sojourner House. There'll be raffles; lots of food from local purveyors; and performances by Royal Ram, Gabby Rizzle, Castle, Malyssa BellaRosa & the Liberators, Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes, Nymphidels, and others.
If you want to see what local young women are doing musically, this is the show to catch.
A JOYOUS DAY AND NIGHT
Last Sunday's second annual induction ceremony and concert for the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame was a joyous celebration. It was an all day/all night affair and there was so much marvelous music, reuniting of old friends, and sharing of stories that Jorge (Rudy Cheeks) can only recount some of the things that he witnessed.
The afternoon performances kicked off with Bob and Tom Petteruti leading a crack group of jazz musicians through a beautiful version of the Glenn Miller chestnut "String of Pearls" and other tunes associated with Bobby Hackett, the legendary cornetist. Mary Lee Partington, Cathy Clasper-Torch, and Kevin Doyle sang and danced a tribute to the great George M. Cohan. The next generation of Eddie Zack's Hayloft Jamboree performed and Adrienne West, accompanied by Mark Taber, belted out a couple of Jimmie Crane's hit songs. Sissie-retta Jones was also honored.