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Still Wonderful

Center Stage interprets Capra’s Life
It's a risky gamble, creating a stage version of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2009


Fears and rages

Dehumanization is at the heart of Woyzeck
Woyzeck isn't a play, it's a Rorschach inkblot test for directors and theater companies.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2009



URI’s makes Putnam County worth visiting
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a harmless enough little confection for, say, when you've had enough high-protein Shakespeare.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 08, 2009

The Carols of Christmas

The song’s the thing in The Gift of the Magi
One can't just break out into Christmas carols, even in this warm and fuzzy season.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 08, 2009


Christmas present

Trinity Rep’s Carol delivers the gift of joy
Christmases come and Christmases go, as psychedelic wrapping paper gives way to orderly Republican stripes, as sweet little Jimmy grows into gruff Uncle James.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 02, 2009

Being Scrooge

Timothy Crowe on Dickens’s ‘life-changing message’
Over the 33 years that Trinity Rep has been staging A Christmas Carol , many actors playing Ebenezer Scrooge have growled and grumped, cantankered, and curmugeoned around the stage.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 02, 2009


Doing the right thing

2nd Story’s inspiring To Kill a Mockingbird
There are plenty of stories that harken back to a Golden Age, but Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird was different.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 24, 2009


The human condition

Who’s to say what’s Crazy ?
Kevin Broccoli, the writer and directorial ringmaster, announced before the performance that we were going to see not a play, but rather an experiment.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 23, 2009

Café Fresco

A terrific Monday night special, and more
Restaurants come and restaurants go.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 23, 2009

Mesa Café and Grill

Imaginative choices, low prices
Usually there's something special about a neighborhood restaurant, which by definition is as much about community as about commerce.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 18, 2009

A neighborhood theater is reborn

The Arts
It took quite a while, and north of $10 million, but last month the long-closed Park Cinema in Cranston opened as the ambitiously named Rhode Island Center for Performing Arts.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 11, 2009


Music and revenge

 Elemental Theatre’s masterful Amadeus
As a play, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus has more than its share of theatrical muscle.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2009

Brick Oven Meatballs

Secretly, but deliciously, Italian
You can imagine them arguing about whether to ’fess up before they named the restaurant.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 04, 2009


Madness and mayhem

Perishable’s Anna Bella Eema gets primal
So you think that ghosts and goblins and vampires and werewolves are pretty scary creatures even when it’s not Halloween, hmmm? Well, that’s perfectly natural, but there’s one word in that sentence that lords it over every gibbering monster ever conceived: think.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 03, 2009


The road not taken

 A brief encounter in Trinity’s Shooting Star
Shooting Star , by Steven Deitz, got its title from a Bob Dylan lyric that speaks of poignant regret.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2009


Brilliant and infuriating

The Gamm’s conflicted Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare didn’t slow dance when he wrote Romeo and Juliet — he went for the essence of impetuous young love like a brisk waltz.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2009


Walk on the wild side

 Inner beasts are unleashed in Avenue Q
With Douglas Adams dead, where have we to turn for quirkily unconventional questions about life, the universe, and everything?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 21, 2009

Emotional traffic

A love disconnection in Boy Gets Girl
As Halloween approaches and a frisson of fright chills the air, URI Theatre is presenting a psychologically taut staging of Rebecca Gilman’s Boy Gets Girl .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 21, 2009


Traditional cuisine updated
Being a ristorante on Federal Hill is a lot like being just another olive tree in the grove.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 02, 2009


Love at second sight?

Chemistry is key in Trinity’s Shooting Star
The little two-person play that Trinity Repertory Company is staging in the intimate downstairs theater got its title from the poignant Bob Dylan song "Shooting Star."
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 13, 2009


I is another

Ed Shea’s tour de force in 2nd Story’s Wife
Lothar Berfelde was born both a generation too late and a generation too early, growing up as he did in Berlin when the Nazis were coming to power in the '30s.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 07, 2009

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