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2nd Story's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
European existentialist philosophers grandly designated fear and trembling — and subsets — as the default state of the human condition.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 18, 2009


Ideas and emotions

The Gamm delivers Grace at a fever pitch
Grace takes place in the recent memories of the title character as well as in her difficult present. The basic concern here, which nags her like a toothache, is the non-existence of the divine.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 17, 2009


Review: Secret Rapture

Trinity can't rescue Hare's play
Art is artifice, as we all accept. But sometimes it's hard for artists to take a deep breath and skillfully apply more of the latter to amplify the former.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 04, 2009

Señor Flaco's

Tacos and more, with a smile
It's good to see a restaurant with a sense of humor. As well as serving good Tex-Mex chow.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2009

Review: Señor Flaco’s

Tacos and more, with a smile
It's good to see a restaurant with a sense of humor. As well as serving good Tex-Mex chow, Señor Flaco's offers up a good dose of levity.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 25, 2009


The Secret Rapture at Trinity Repertory Company

Trinity's Rapture spans the compassion spectrum
David Hare's The Secret Rapture , which Trinity Repertory Company is presenting through March 29.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 24, 2009

Dramatic Success

Arts thrive at the Courthouse Center
The little black box theater that is West Kingston's Center Stage, with little room for scenery, has to be ingenious with its space.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 25, 2009

In war and love

PBRC'S A Time of Fire burns slowly
PBRC'S A Time of Fire burns slowly
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2009

Review: Walter's

 Chef Walter Potenza: A one-man food industry
It's easy to imagine Chef Walter Potenza as a boy in Abruzzo, playing with kitchen utensils and recipes like other boys play with toy trucks and chemistry sets.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 11, 2009

Social studies

Trinity brings new life to A Raisin In the Sun
She was simply trying to shape an incident in her life into convincing theater.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 04, 2009


Miller and Bettencourt document TB epidemic

Reel Life
You wouldn't think G. Wayne Miller would have time left to blink, considering the work he delivers
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 04, 2009


The Front Page

Breaking news: timeless fun at 2nd Story
The Front Page 's timeless fun at 2nd Story
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 28, 2009

Review: deca go go

S tream of surrealism
If you're enjoying Elemental Theatre's wild and whimsical deca*go*go at Perishable Theatre (through March 1), you're not likely to be reminded of Elizabethan sonnets, but think about it.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2009


Earth and Ocean
An upscale restaurant in an upscale hotel is disadvantaged in ways that give the advantage to us.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2009

Providence lawyer plays pioneering role in suing terrorists

National Security
The use of Predator drones and covert Special Forces teams is bound to be satisfying for many victims of terrorism.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2009


Review: Awake and Sing!

Out of time
Written at the beginning of the Depression, Clifford Odets's Awake and Sing! sounds from its title like a paean to American exuberance and chest-thumping optimism.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2009


Review: La Voce's Most Massive Woman Wins

Weighty matter
As issue theater goes, The Most Massive Woman Wins isn't strident, just relentless.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2009


Classy snacks and entrées
Restaurants in food-oriented cities like Providence can be relied upon to beget spin-offs that, like high-achieving children, strive to make their parents proud. Thus was born Bacaro, the highly regarded prodigy that arrived in the spring of 2007.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 15, 2009


City life

Pawtucket Rising hails the Bucket
Pawtucket Rising hails the Bucket
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 14, 2009


To tell the truth

Sharing stories at Live Bait
Stories. We all have them.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 07, 2009

Angkor Restaurant

Cambodian with a Khmer accent
There is an interesting story behind many of the recipes at Angkor Restaurant.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 29, 2008

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