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Fall Theater Preview: Musicals and more

Belting it out and acting up
If we've come to know anything about 2nd Story Theatre, it's that we shouldn't presume to know what plays to expect.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2010


Review: Trinity Rep revisits Camelot

A royal revival
Ask the historians, the psychologists, the sociologists. The more a society is troubled, the more it harkens back to a Golden Age — such as the one depicted in Camelot , the Lerner and Loewe musical that Trinity Repertory Company is staging through October 10.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2010


Review: Gamm Theatre stages Glengarry Glen Ross

Leading men
As a playwright, David Mamet is tritely, inaccurately, and frequently accused of being a misogynist. But the evidence of his 1982 Glengarry Glen Ross indicates quite the opposite.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 08, 2010

Review: Ichigo Ichie

Beyond tempura and teriyaki
Do you know anyone who still thinks that a meal at a Japanese restaurant means starting with a cup of miso soup, continuing with a California roll, and settling for teriyaki or tempura for the main course? If so, send them to Ichigo Ichie, which is to a quiet sushi bar as strolling Tokyo’s bustling Ginza is to meditating in a temple.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 07, 2010

Review: A riveting Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Wedded blisters
Edward Albee’s brilliant, savage first full-length play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , needs to be done marvelously or not at all. So, thank goodness this Perishable Theatre production is a marvel indeed.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 08, 2010

Review: Minh Hai

Vietnamese cuisine only, wonderfully so
The silences were fascinating. Usually with five people around a table eating, there's conversation.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 17, 2010


The later, the better

Black Box's one-act play festival
Showcases for local talent tend to be hit-or-miss affairs. Although it provides a few bull's-eye successes, Black Box Theatre's 4th Annual One-Act Play Festival (through August 22) unfortunately is freighted with misses.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 18, 2010


Found in translation

2nd Story's The Foreigner is delightful
The Foreigner , by Larry Shue, holds a special place in the muscle memory of my smiles and in my fond recollections of the early days of 2nd Story Theatre, which is staging it through September 5.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 18, 2010


Rave on

Center Stage's hook-filled Buddy Holly Story
Although Don McLean sang of the abrupt death of Charles Hardin Holley as "the day the music died," it's more accurate to describe his soaring career as the days the music began.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 11, 2010


Grin and bare it

Theatre by the Sea's rollicking The Full Monty
I don't know what the entertainment high point of your summer has been so far, but if you didn't honeymoon in island breezes or win a lottery, have I got a contender for you.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 12, 2010

Review: Trattoria Simpatico

A pleasant view wherever you look
It’s not only the real estate biz where location means enough to repeat the point.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 10, 2010


Movie mania!

The lowdown on the 14th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
MovieMaker magazine calls it one of the "Top 25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee." It's the 14th annual Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, which runs from August 10 to 15.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 04, 2010

The aristocrats

Behind the Hedgerow follows the moneyed in Newport
As year-round busloads of tourists attest, people will always be fascinated by the stately mansions along Newport's Bellevue Avenue, more than a century after robber baron money and such financed their construction. Even more compelling, upon close examination, are the lives of the American aristocrats living in them, the town's social elite.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 04, 2010



Baz & Me soars at the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep
There's a lot of attention focused on this year's Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep trio of summer plays now that the creative hatchery has had such a remarkable record.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 28, 2010

Review: Fat Belly's Pub

Cheap eats with classy attitude
Who says you can't have it all? Not the folks at Fat Belly's, an "Irish" pub with the attitude — and, more importantly, the kitchen commitment — of a capable cloth napkin restaurant.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 28, 2010


Let's get physical (maybe)

Kevin Broccoli's That Might Not Be Sex
If Kevin Broccoli weren't so loose and hip, he might be called a raconteur.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 20, 2010


Semi-scary fun

TBTS' Little Shop of Horrors
All girls wanna have is a good scream. At least they did when they were clinging to their dates at B-movie sci-fi horror flicks in the 1950s.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 21, 2010


The Art of Greed

2nd Story's Late Christopher Bean
There’s nothing like a good swindle story, especially when you can trust that, in the end, the bad guys will be collared and the virtuous will be rewarded.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 14, 2010

Anything but a drag

Center Stage's delightful La Cage aux Folles
Center Stage’s delightfully flamboyant — and unsentimentally moving — production of La Cage Aux Folles is shaking the rafters at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston (through July 25).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 13, 2010

Review: Café Luna

An urban culinary oasis
You don't expect to find fine dining in a shopping center, but Café Luna does its best to make the Garden City Center live up to its name as you approach, with flowers and window boxes and hanging planters taking the edge off the urban location.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 07, 2010


Brown's theater juggernaut fires up again

The Brown/Trinity Repertory Theatre, a summer program that cultivates promising young playwrights, is set to launch this year's slate of three plays on July 7. Expectations are high.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 30, 2010

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