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Review: Happy Days at the Courthouse Center

Yesterday once more
Every period has a Golden Age, whether it's Greeks looking back upon the justice goddess Astraea or Americans looking back upon the glories of rock 'n' roll.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 05, 2011

Review: Rim Nahm

Where patience is rewarded
It's hard to recall without a pang, but there was a time when there were no Thai restaurants in Cranston's Pawtuxet Village neighborhood. Nowadays, diners have their choice.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 05, 2011

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Review: Perishable's Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Lust for life
If Alexander Platt's take on Hedwig and the Angry Inch were packed with any more energy, the bomb squad would have to be called out every night.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 28, 2011

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Review: TBTS' Man of La Mancha is ever-optimistic

The dream is alive
The musical Man of La Mancha certainly packs in a lot.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 28, 2011

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Review: 2nd Story's thought-provoking Nuts

Crazy talk
To better convey the look and feel of the sanity hearing portrayed, the production is being staged in the courtroom setting of the historic Bristol Statehouse. It's being directed with agility by Mark Peckham.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 21, 2011

Review: Stone Bridge

Mykonos classics and Italian favorites
At the Stone Bridge restaurant, there is competition for our attention.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 21, 2011



Review: RWU's Far Away is a weird whirlwind

The surreal world
While FDR maintained that we have nothing to fear but fear itself, British playwright Caryl Churchill modifies that dictum in her 2000 Far Away , which is getting an imaginative production at Roger Williams University's Barn Summer Playhouse (through June 25).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 21, 2011

Review: Arlene Violet's The Family

Wiseguys (and dolls)
If anybody not under potential indictment is qualified to write something titled The Family , subtitled "A Musical About the Mob," it's Arlene Violet.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 10, 2011

Review: McCurdy's Junction House

Delicious choices as impressive as the prices
I suppose it could look more inviting if the cooks were at the entrance ushering us in.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 08, 2011

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Review: Under the spell of Putnam County at TBTS

Elementary fun
Pretty cute. A hippie-dippie boy wearing a cape sewn from neckties. A girl whose dictionary is her best and perhaps only friend.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 07, 2011

Review: Abyssinia

Comfort food from Ethiopia and Eritrea
As Providence has become a foodie mecca over the years, ethnic opportunities have expanded beyond Italian and Portuguese. But African foods? Not so much.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 31, 2011



Review: L'Artisan Café & Bakery

More like a bistro than a bakery
Enough already. I got tired of a good foodie friend of mine badgering me about this bakery and gourmet food place he was in love with and wanted me to review.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 24, 2011

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Review: Poe vs. Poe in Trinity's Strange Tale

I Is Another
What's left to spook us these days? Crime shows display forensic detail that has inured us to blood.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 18, 2011

Review: Threepenny Opera is dark and dynamic

A really big show
No wonder, theatrically speaking, that The Threepenny Opera takes three hours to perform.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2011

Review: Tong-D

Terrific Thai in Barrington
Yes, it's sad to think about, but there was a day when there were no Thai restaurants in Rhode Island.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2011

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Review: 2nd Story's hilarious Vibrator Play

Mastering hysteria
Women certainly had plenty to be hysterical about toward the end of the 19th century, a time when Thomas Edison's technological advances were shining on the culture.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2011



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Review: The Gamm's Torture is front-loaded

Rights and wrongs
Black humor sure is better than no humor at all. What do you do with the disproved defenses of torture besides get angry?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2011

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Review: Paragon

A many splendored brunch
Sunday morning. Time to go out for brunch!
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2011

Review: Burbage's manic The Maderati

The art of pretension
Pity the poor, rich Manhattan literati within seduction distance, or at least bon mot range, of artistic celebrities.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 03, 2011

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Review: The Dancing Pig

A great place for pigging out
The laid-back tone of the place is established by its name and accompanying cartoon logo of a smiling pig in a top hat. Inside, tasseled valances against burgundy walls suggest a bustling gray-haired granny in the kitchen.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 04, 2011

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Review: Trinity's Steel Magnolias is fun and poignant

Both sides now
The first thing you need to know is that over the course of watching Steel Magnolias , which is getting a no-laffs-barred production by Trinity Repertory Company (through May 15), all my testosterone drained out and pooled at my feet.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 27, 2011


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