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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


Iberia via Narragansett
It's not even 6 pm and the parking lot is packed.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 30, 2009


Monster mash

Young Frankenstein lumbers into PPAC
As high points of comedy go, the "Putting On the Ritz" routine in Mell Brooks's Young Frankenstein has to be one of the avalanche-inducing helpless-laughter pinnacles.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 30, 2009

Unfettered farce

 Brown’s Tartuffe puts the roar in uproarious
Farce is designed for more than pleasant laughter and fingertips-to-palm applause. In celebration of that, an all-stops-out production of Molière’s Tartuffe is being staged at Brown University Theatre (through October 4), and it gets the audience to put the roar in uproarious.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 20, 2009


A look at a ‘very different senator’

Six-term Senator Claiborne Pell died at 90 early this year.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 23, 2009


Best of the Bard

The Gamm’s masterful Much Ado About Nothing
The Comedy of Errors ? Ha. The Merry Wives of Windsor ? Ha; ha.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 30, 2009


ACLU, fighting the good fight

Honoring the past
If the Rhode Island ACLU could tap any two figures to headline its 50th anniversary event, it might choose Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson. And so it has.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2009

Andrew's Bistro

Posh presentations, reasonable prices
It's not hard for a restaurant to aspire to an upscale experience at downscale prices. What's hard is actually accomplishing it.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 16, 2009


Both new and old classics

Life on the boards
The Gamm certainly has come a long way in the quarter-century leading up to this its 25th anniversary season. The evolution of its name alone is quite a trip.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 16, 2009

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