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Sonoma Grille

A lot more than retsina
Sonoma Grille has a lot going for it.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2010


How to tell the truth

Phil Goldman has a lot to say
You may never have been so upset about being a twentysomething virgin that you hired a sexual surrogate for professional help, but odds are that if you had you’d just gulp and keep it to yourself.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 24, 2010


Classic drama

The Gamm’s masterful Glass Menagerie
Theater classics are at a significant disadvantage: overfamiliarity.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 17, 2010


Dogging it

The 101 Dalmatians Musical has legs
There isn't much that's cuter than little doggies, except maybe kittens and babies, but try getting them to parade in a line.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 17, 2010

Sawaddee Thai Restaurant

Let a thousand spices bloom
Sometimes I think back to when there were no Thai restaurants in Providence.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 17, 2010


The joy of risk

Michael Moschen is alive!
The solo performances of Michael Moschen have many elements to them: dance movement, juggling, theater, pantomime, the balancing and acrobatic skills of a circus artist, the illusion-making craft of a magician.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 10, 2010

Pulling the strings

Brown’s Lulu is a tragic farce
Bourgeois society has always been an easy target because it has always been such a broad one.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 10, 2010


Ballad of a Dead Man

Trinity Rep’s Cell Phone fills in the blanks
It all starts harmlessly enough. A woman in a nearly empty café, annoyed by a ringing phone ignored by its owner, picks it up and answers. She might as well have flipped open Pandora's Nokia.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 03, 2010

Edgewood Café

For neighborly gourmands
The Edgewood Café's slogan is "casual neighborhood dining with a gourmet touch," and every adjective is scout's honor true.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2010


Communication breakdown

Trinity Rep answers the Dead Man’s Cell Phone
As soon as the interview gets going, her cell phone buzzes.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 16, 2010

Bruna’s Table

Careful, but not fussy
Considering that Westerly has a large population with Italian heritage, it's curious that the town is not known for good Italian restaurants.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 10, 2010

Dan’s Place

Comfort food in the wilds of West Greenwich
We didn't notice any grizzlies or cougars as road kill on our trek to Dan's Place, though we kept our eyes peeled there in the wilds of West Greenwich.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 03, 2010


Earnestly funny

2nd Story fulfills its Comic Potential
Considering that Alan Ayckbourn may be the most staged living English playwright besides Shakespeare, as some accounts declare, why isn't he produced more often in American theaters?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 03, 2010


A memoir, a tour, and a state coming to grips with slavery

History Dept.
The latest turn in Rhode Island's complicated dialogue with its slaveholding past: a yearlong project encouraging locals to read a memoir by the son of a freed slave.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 27, 2010


Cabin Fever

Elemental’s ‘the father, the son and the holy go.go’
Sometimes a solitary cabin in the woods is just a solitary cabin in the woods, Freud might have said, but sometimes it's epitomizing psychological isolation and yearning for human connection.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 27, 2010


The torment within

The Gamm’s intense 4:48 Psychosis
In dramatic terms, it doesn't really matter whether the female protagonist of 4:48 Psychosis commits suicide at the end of the play.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 20, 2010

Café Noir

Upping the hipness quotient
Ambience, style, flair — these have become as necessary as kitchen seasonings to spice up a dining experience in upscale restaurants.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 20, 2010


Cries and whispers

The Gamm finds the balance in 4:48 Psychosis
Mental illness is a touchy subject, one that needs to be handled sensitively on stage or not at all.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 13, 2010


Cuisine off the beaten path
Japanese restaurants can be too predictable.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 30, 2009


Hearts and souls (and laughs too)

The 10 best theater productions of 2009
It's been a good year for theater around here — an ingeniously roasted dramatic chestnut here, a new and safely landed flight of fancy there. Below are 10 productions that particularly stood out.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 22, 2009


A hot and cheap Thai bistro
You might find it difficult to believe, but at one time there were no Thai restaurants in Providence. I know, I know, it’s sad — no pad Thai, no pik pow sauce, such deprivation, such shamed downward glances in the streets.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 21, 2009

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