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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Review: Trattoria Romana South

Balancing plain and fancy
You get the idea at Trattoria Romana South that the restaurant is the expression of a particular personality, even if you don't know that it was established by Luciano Canova.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 16, 2011



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Review: Theatre By the Sea’s rollicking Hairspray

Dance fever
Rockin' out with a social consciousness — who says we can't have it all? A girl just wants to have fun, while doing her part for integration in 1962 Baltimore.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 09, 2011

Review: Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

Cutting to the chase
The more the merrier seems to be the theme of the sixth annual Black Box Theatre One-Act Play Festival, with the first of two nine-play "Waves" running through August 14 (a second will be staged August 19-28).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 09, 2011

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Review: The 15th Annual Rhode Island Film Festival

Super shorts and more
The Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival is holding its 15th annual presentation August 9-14.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 03, 2011

Review: Sura

East meets East
There are nearly three dozen Chinese restaurants in the Providence vicinity, but Korean? Not so much.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 02, 2011

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Emotions run high at the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep

Love and misery
Summer brings the annual trio of productions by Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep. Love is the common theme of this year's plays — love and its soulmate misery, it goes without saying.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 26, 2011



Review: Phil's Main Street Grille

Good and cheap
As local landmarks go, the ones you can eat at grow closer to your heart than statues and buildings.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 26, 2011

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Review: Epic Theatre Company stages Charlie’s Funeral

131 tales, one life
Summer is the time for light beach reading and, sometimes, theater that can be consumed like little snacks.
By: Bill Rodriguez  |  July 19, 2011

Review: CTC’s Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

CTC’s Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
There's some interesting but hard to describe theater going on with the 30 Neo-Futurist plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind , which the Contemporary Theater Company is putting on in South Kingstown through July 23.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 20, 2011

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Review: 2nd Story's spirited Speech & Debate

Class action
Considering the dark core at the center of Speech & Debate — a sexual predator — it might seem incongruous that Steven Karam's celebrated play is hilarious. But at 2nd Story Theatre, that dark cloud doesn't inhibit the sunshine as three intrepid high school students fight the good fight.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 12, 2011

Review: Breachway Grill

A meal with a view
There's yet another restaurant down at the South County shore, adding to those giant summertime sucking sounds, with busy Narragansett Bay fishing boats at one end and Charlestown tourists slurping up oysters at the other.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 12, 2011


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