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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


Hello, folly!

Dolly! tries too hard to be a funny girl
Hello, Dolly! is an ever-popular musical standard that usually wins audiences over when its flamboyant title character earns her exclamation point. Unfortunately, despite having a Dolly that could charm the whistle off a traffic cop, the current hyperventilating Theater by the Sea production (through July 11) very soon runs out of oxygen.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 30, 2010

Review: Thornton's Grille

Giving people what they want
Restaurants are notoriously difficult businesses to start up, with survival rates not unlike those of small countries with larger, hostile neighbors. But some people know how to put them together so they'll stick around awhile.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 29, 2010

Review: Celestial Café

Saintly culinary aspirations
I have to admit that if this were the only restaurant available to me in the afterlife, I would be happy beyond my just desserts.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 15, 2010


Ain't that America?

Good ol’ boys and girls in Trailer Park Musical
Armadillo Acres in the Florida of The Great American Trailer Park Musical may not be a place you want to live, what with the thin walls and occasional gunfire, but it could be a fun place to visit. The Center Stage production in West Kingston is giving us plenty of reason to stick around.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 16, 2010

It’s good to be king

TRIST takes Henry VIII outdoors
After being out of the local theater scene for a couple of decades, the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater (TRIST) is back, staging an outdoor production of Henry VIII at the Roger Williams National Memorial Park, on North Main Street in Providence, through June 26.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 15, 2010

The Barplays Fest brings theater to the pubs

Line Readings and Libations
High concept and low-budget, the BarPlays Festival is happening all around Providence June 14 to June 27.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2010


A star search is reborn

  A classic Chorus Line at Theatre by the Sea
A Chorus Line is quite a heartfelt love song to musicals and the hoofers in them.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 09, 2010


Pure Poetry

The Belle of Amherst is a moving experience
Between the deep-rooted American penchant for individualism and the suffragette and feminist movements, poet Emily Dickinson was bound to enter the literary canon.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 09, 2010

Review: Temple Downtown

From graffiti to Gorgonzola
Temple Downtown certainly has gone through changes.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 02, 2010


Night moves

Theater Of Thought’s Killer Joe
Theater of Thought has done it again, this time with dark humor and Texas accents, as it amplifies theatrical reality with a site-specific rendition of Killer Joe .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 26, 2010

Review: The Boat House

Interesting seafood and inspiring sunsets
Ah, feel that. Maybe this time it’s a spring breeze for real and won’t soon turn into a winter zephyr. Let’s celebrate, go out and grab a nice meal. Where to? Well, one recent answer to the question that didn’t disappoint was the Boat House restaurant in Tiverton.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 25, 2010


A modest epic tale

Steven Jobe’s haunting Joan of Arc
What beautiful voices and music in this event. Steven Jobe’s Joan of Arc: An Opera In Three Acts is at once ambitious and quite modest, but vocally and musically it remains a pleasure throughout its three brief acts at the Blackstone River Theater in Cumberland (through May 23).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 19, 2010

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