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Happily ever after

'The Lyons' go for the throat at 2nd Story
As dysfunctional families go, you could imagine worse than the antic gaggle in Nicky Silver’s darkly hilarious ' The Lyons .'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2014

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Review: Figidini Wood Fire Eatery

Peerless pizza, and much more
Wood-fire grilling has become so popular in recent years that we can expect it soon in Chinese restaurants.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2014

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'Wicked' good

A spellbinding witches' tale at PPAC
It’s not easy being green, but it’s no walk in the park being mean either. Those are the lessons of the wildly popular musical ' Wicked ,' at the Providence Performing Arts Center.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 31, 2013

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Review: ChopHouse Grille

Get there before the lines form
Vegans and vegetarians, step aside for a moment. The hunters are returning in greater numbers, gently pushing aside the gatherers.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 31, 2013

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Curtain calls

Golda, Raskolnikov, and some 'Good People'
There were many noteworthy theatrical happenings this year, from the definitively executed classic tragedy of ' Othello ' at Mixed Magic Theatre to the cleverly quirky and whimsical ' This Might Not Be It ' at Epic Theatre Company.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 24, 2013

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Offbeat treat

The Wilbury's 'A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant'
Very odd, very brave, and curiously interesting. The Wilbury Group’s staging of  'A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant' is all three because it’s. . . well, a children’s pageant.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2013



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Musical merriment

Ocean State's 'Miracle On 34th Street'
You might be able to find a more amiable and Christmas-spirited entertainment than 'Miracle On 34th Street,' the charming 1947 film with Maureen O’Hara and a precocious eight-year-old Natalie Wood.
By:  |  December 18, 2013

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A twisted 'Christmas'

The RI Shakespeare Company and Big Nazo's 'Carol'
At this time of year, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is such a cash cow for theaters that you can almost hear the mooing.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 11, 2013

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Aching to be

Out Loud's raucous 'Cowboy Mouth'
Sam, Patti — how the hell did you ever survive your misspent youth?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 11, 2013

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A kinder, gentler Scrooge

Trinity's ever-classic 'A Christmas Carol'
As Trinity Repertory Company devotees are reminded each year at this time, the more things stay the same, the more they change.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2013

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Presents, tense

Contemporary Theatre Company's charming 'Gift of the Magi'
The Gift of the Magi , the O. Henry short story published in 1906, is as simple as a haiku: Couple sells treasures/to buy each other presents./Ain’t love ironic?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2013



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Four's company

Trinity Rep's 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'
Theatergoing bargain hunters are in for a twofer as Trinity Repertory Company presents Christopher Durang’s 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2013

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With God on her side

2nd Story's 'Saint Joan'
Customarily, when there’s a hero in a drama, there is usually a villain or two.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2013

Review: West Side Diner

Doing diner dining proud
The West Side Diner is worth checking out for its gleaming Art Deco ambience even if you’re not hungry.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2013

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Fighting for peace

2nd Story's stirring 'Golda's Balcony'
Stunning. As impressive as our top-shelf companies can be, rarely does the theatrical trifecta of play, performance, and direction pay off as bountifully as in the 2nd Story Theatre production of William Gibson’s 'Golda's Balcony.'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2013

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A timeless tale, well-told

Mixed Magic's dynamic 'Othello'
A steaming undercurrent of racism, a paragon of betrayal with a phalanx of betrayed characters, plus love not just lost but hurled away in raging jealousy. Shakespeare supplied   Othello  with enough drama to power several plays.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2013



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Slices of life

The Gamm's marvelous 'Good People'
It’s a question that bums out some people and brightens up others as they think about it later in their middle age. Blind luck or clear-sighted decision-making — which factor accounts for whether we lead lives of quiet desperation or prideful applause?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2013

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Nervous and broke down

Epic's insightful 'The Other Place'
Playwrights, those clever rascals, have no compunction about how they get us to empathize with their characters.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2013

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Review: Viva Mexico! Cantina & Grill

Head Downcity for south of the border goodness
Viva Mexico! indeed. Both the salutation and the “Cantina & Grill” of that name, however self-congratulatory the exclamation point.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2013

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The joy of suffering

'Sons of the Prophet' at 2nd Story
We live in an age too ironic to appreciate Khalil Gibran’s ' The Prophet ' but not too cynical to profit from it. That’s the premise of Stephen Karam’s ' Sons of the Prophet ,' which 2nd Story Theatre is presenting.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 06, 2013

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A murderous musical

Contemporary Theatre Company's trigger-happy 'Assassins'
What in the world prompts wingnuts to try to shoot a president? We might shrug and dismiss their motivations as generic craziness, but fortunately Assassins is interested in them as individuals.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2013


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