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Hard truths

Trinity Rep's stunning 'A Lie of the Mind'
No way we audience members are going to sit back contentedly while the self-deluded characters in Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind are the only ones shaken up.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2014


Review: Toro Restaurant

And the crowd shouts "Ole!"
I don’t know about you, but $5 appetizers all day Thursdays — not just at appie hour — can make me a regular.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2014


Acting up

The Burbage's 'Orson's Shadow'
An actor’s ego is expansive and frail.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 28, 2014


The triumph of the will

The Wilbury Theatre Group gets to the heart and soul of 'Cabaret'
Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we barely survive fascist takeover. That wasn’t exactly the motto of 1931 Berlin, but it might as well have been.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 21, 2014


Review: The Rathskeller

A welcome resurrection in Charlestown
One of the great things about an unpretentious place like Rhode Island is that every once in a while you come across an inexpensive restaurant — maybe even a pub — that serves fine food without all the fine dining folderol.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 21, 2014


Unblurring the lines

An unsettling 'Blackbird' at the Gamm
Tough to take, this subject. In David Harrower’s ' Blackbird ,' we follow the aftermath, 15 years later, of a man having had sex with a 12-year-old girl when he was 40.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 14, 2014


Love in the fast lane

'Becky's New Car' at 2nd Story
What’s your fantasy of a complete life makeover? In Tahiti under a palm tree? In Las Vegas sporting a diamond stickpin?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 14, 2014


Review: Jade Cricket

Way above the usual Chinese cuisine
There are two seemingly contradictory facts about Chinese cuisine and this country. One, everybody likes it. And two, so many Chinese restaurants are mediocre.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2014


That new-time religion

'The Book of Mormon' at PPAC
Yes, The Book of Mormon ' is worth all the fuss it’s prompted.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2014


Searing social studies

Mixed Magic's 'God of Carnage'
If we want a civilized society, we have to study and practice civilized behavior. In other words, we’ve got to stop acting like goddamn savages.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2014


Animal magnetism

2nd Story unleashes 'Sylvia'
Magical realism was never a more doggone hoot than in A.R. Gurney’s ' Sylvia. '
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2014


Review: Los Andes

A bounty of Bolivian and Peruvian delights
There is a certain seraphic smile that spreads onto the face of someone approaching a favorite restaurant that he hasn’t indulged in for a long while.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2014


Jailhouse romp

URI Theatre's 'Chicago' razzle dazzles
Come on, ’fess up. In your heart of hearts, you get a little tabloid thrill over a bang-bang jealous-lover news account.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2014


Men at work

 Epic's magnificent 'Hurlyburly'
The Pulitzer Prize Board, which likes to honor theatrical gems of Americana, may have been remiss in not nominating David Rabe’s 1984 ' Hurlyburly .'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 16, 2014


Searching for clues

Trinity Rep's 'Veronica Meadows'
A "girl detective" makes her  world premiere.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2014


Rose-colored memories

Ocean State's 'Diary of Anne Frank'
Incessant media accounts of horrific events can prompt compassion fatigue.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2014


Mental shrapnel

The Wilbury Theatre Group's nihilistic 'Blasted'
Brave or foolhardy? The Wilbury Theatre Group is presenting Sarah Kane’s controversial Blasted , a 1995 play that at the time was decried as juvenile, taken to the woodshed by critics, and flayed to shreds.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2014


A rowdy romp

2nd Story's Le Dindon or The Dupe
In his time, Georges Feydeau was to theater what McDonald’s is to cuisine — cheap, easy to consume, and wildly popular.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2014


Not feeling it

'Flashdance: The Musical' at PPAC
How strange that it took 25 years for the hit 1983 film ' Flashdance' to be adapted into a stage musical.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2014


Review: Rick's Roadhouse

You know where their heart is
Ah, the sweet, tooth-tingling charms of barbecue.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2014


Feels like the first time

The Gamm's masterful 'Macbeth'
So you’ve seen Macbeth so many times you can repeat the “tomorrow, and tomorrow” monologue along with the doomed Scot? Well, reconsider.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2014

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