Raise the curtain

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 28, 2011

Mixed Magic Theatre is presenting a trio of plays by founder Ricardo Pitts-Wiley. His one-man show 35 MILES FROM DETROIT will run January 28-February 26, followed by MOBY-DICK: THEN AND NOW (March 1–31); and THE WELL OF WOMEN (March 20-21). The first play is a semi-autobiographical monologue, and the 1997 review on these pages observed that "black rage gets brilliantly illuminated in the quiet voice of a baker briskly kneading dough. He does it from habit now, he says to the narrator, but originally it was 'so I could go to bed each night knowing I hadn't killed anybody.' "

Providence Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series will present SHREK THE MUSICAL (January 3-8); MARY POPPINS (February 8-19); COME FLY AWAY (March 2-4); THE ADDAMS FAMILY (March 20-25); and BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL (April 24-29).

In South County, Courthouse Center for the Arts takes on AVENUE Q (February 16-March 4) and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (March 22-April 4). And Contemporary Theater Company will stage its 7TH ANNUAL 24-HOUR PLAY FESTIVAL on January 7 at the South Kingstown High School Auditorium.

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