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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


Street corner symphonies

The Four Seasons live in Jersey Boys
We’d be happy enough if Jersey Boys were just a musical revue, thrumming with the the Four Seasons’ hit parade. But on top of that we get a compelling story, following the lives of ’60s heartthrob Frankie Valli and those who rocketed to fame with him.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 19, 2010


Masterful metaphor

Trinity Rep’s enthralling Syringa Tree
Some individual experiences certainly can scale up.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2010


Hot and bothered

2nd Story’s hilarious Underpants
Shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater and you get one response. Shout “Die Hose!” (women’s undies) in a German theater back in 1911 and you got another kind of uproar.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2010


Earning its ethnic loyalty
I rely a lot on my lumberjacks, as Dylan called them — specialists who can fill in my culinary ignorance.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2010


Talking ’bout a revolution

 The Gamm’s life-affirming Rock ’n’ Roll
It takes a theatrical genius like Tom Stoppard to come up with Rock ’n’ Roll, which merges the pulsing spirit of both until they feel like one. And it takes a theater of the caliber of the Gamm to make history feel like a Stones concert that becomes a political rally.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 05, 2010

Ardeo at Waterplace

A sturdy culinary link
There are two kinds of chain restaurants. Some are stamped out with cookie cutters and rely on customers being attracted to something familiar. And others go for quality as the common denominator, standardizing what has been fine-tuned but allowing for creative differences.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 28, 2010

Learning to live

URI Theatre’s sprawling Unbound
Fanny Kemble is known for being a celebrated British actress in her early 19th-century youth and again toward middle age.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 27, 2010


Dynamic duo

Trinity Rep’s over-the-top The Odd Couple
There are King Oedipus and his mom, there are Romeo and Juliet, and there are Oscar and Felix.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 21, 2010

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