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URI’s Marat/Sade finds pleasure in pain

Musical madness
To compare a crazed society to a madhouse is a trite observation. But it became an astute metaphor and powerful theatrical experience when playwright Peter Weiss created Marat/Sade , as URI Theatre is robustly demonstrating (through October 23).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 18, 2011

Review: Van Ghent Café

More than waffle time
As ethnic cuisines go, most of us would be hard-pressed to anticipate much beyond their eponymous waffles when looking forward to a Belgian restaurant.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 18, 2011


Rock of Ages lets its hair down at PPAC

Can’t fight this feeling
Rock of Ages is such an explosive, face-melting jukebox musical that only afterward do we realize it didn't include two hours of skyrocket pyrotechnics — although all the laser beams through fog come close.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 05, 2011


2nd Story’s communicating Doors

Ticklish time travel
Slammed-door farces are delightful opportunities to unhinge us with laughter.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 05, 2011

Brown examines Oscar Wilde’s Trials

Public images
Oscar Wilde was a late 19th-century wit, wastrel, and brazenly flouncing esthete.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 05, 2011

Review: Bayou Smokehouse

Takeout worth waiting for
I don't usually review takeout places, but I had to make an exception this time.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 27, 2011


How To Be a Lesbian In 10 Days or Less

Life lessons
We are a complicated species — not as complicated as clown fish or moray eels, which can change genders when their own becomes boring, but complicated enough.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 27, 2011


Trinity Rep’s rip-roaring His Girl Friday

The write stuff
There are theatrical adaptations and then there are magnificent transformations, like His Girl Friday . Multiple-Obie Award-winning playwright John Guare has expanded the furious screwball comedy into a historical/social commentary without our losing out on the knee-slapping.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 21, 2011


The Gamm’s Circle Mirror Transformation

Real-life role playing
It could be called the water cooler effect: casual contacts among unlike people, repeated often enough, can lead to unlikely friendships.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 20, 2011

Review: Thames Street Kitchen

Getting more than the food right
There's a new restaurant in Newport that may very well give the expression "tsk-tsk" new, enthusiastic meaning.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 20, 2011


Funny business and tragic figures

Character studies
A reliable laugh-getter, HIS GIRL FRIDAY just opened at Trinity Repertory Company (through October 9).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2011

Review: Trafford

More than a nice view
Sometimes a beautiful location is as far as a restaurant gets when it sets up shop.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2011

Review: Sakura

Lots of choices for lunch
On Wickenden Street with a friend, looking for a reasonably priced lunch, it occurred to me that a nice bowl of donburi would be cheap and filling. Sakura it was.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 06, 2011


Theatre By the Sea’s peppy Drowsy Chaperone

Musical cheers
For a party in 1997, some friends tossed together a larky little spoof on musicals, and the eventual result was "A Musical Within a Comedy," as The Drowsy Chaperone likes to call itself.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 31, 2011


Crist shines in 2nd Story’s Master Class

All the right notes
Self-centeredness, tunnel vision, career obsession — these are not traits that endear us to a person. Yet without them, as Terrence McNally's absorbing Master Class makes clear, Maria Callas would not have attained her ranking as a renowned opera diva.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 31, 2011

Review: Mediterraneo

Temptations for every appetite
Mediterraneo, on Federal Hill, is a culinary greeter for the town's cuisine — at the beginning of Atwells Avenue, near the arch.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 31, 2011


Review: Wave 2 of Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

Three hits, more misses
As duly reported in " Review: Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival ", Wave I of the sixth annual Black Box Theatre One-Act Play Festival was pretty much one success after another, well directed by Rich Morra.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 23, 2011

Review: Wilbury Group’s We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!

Food fight
Social injustice is no laughing matter. But Italian satirist and playwright Dario Fo has made a career out of throwing his hands up and responding in comical derision.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 23, 2011

Review: Chinese Iron Wok

Hard-to-find dishes (and the usual)
As recommendations go, hearing indirectly from four mainland Chinese kids new to this country that Chinese Iron Wok is their favorite place to eat got plenty of extra points for authority from me. I had to check it out.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 23, 2011


Review: Epic Theatre’s fascinating Kiss Kiss

The circle game
Good theater doesn't take much besides talent Kiss Kiss , adapted and directed by Kevin Broccoli and presented by his Epic Theatre Company, couldn't be simpler in any regard, and it's simply terrific.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 16, 2011

Burbage’s muddled Maids

Help wanted
There are employee/employer disputes and then there is Jean Genet's The Maids , which makes the West Virginia railroad riots of 1877 look like an arms-crossed kid pouting over spinach on a plate.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 16, 2011

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