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Truth and Consequences in  Hide and Seek
It's not that Eve's religious but sisterly mother wouldn't understand, it's that Eve is apprehensive about her not  understanding.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 06, 2009

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Myth understanding

Searching for self in Trinity's Shapeshifter
Trinity Repertory Company has been developing and is staging Shapeshifter , by Laura Schellhardt, which will have its world premiere May 1-31.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 28, 2009

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Living thing

Amy Lynn Budd tackles a tumor in My Brain
Some people feel uncomfortable dealing with those, even friends, who look and act normal but are among the walking wounded with some deadly disease or another.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 29, 2009

The Barking Crab

A clam shack with extras
The Barking Crab's second location in Newport is the ideal spot for strolling summer tourists, right in the downtown harborfront
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 22, 2009

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As young lovers do

Spring Awakening's musical bruises
The rock extravaganza Spring Awakening promotes the cliché of adolescent pain to serious grown-up status.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 22, 2009

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Trivial pursuit

Trinity Rep's winning Earnest
It's difficult to put on an awful performance of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 22, 2009



Slice of Heaven

All this and bagels, too
Like mama used to say, don't fix what's not broken. In the kitchen, after requisite recipe fine-tuning and repair, after you have it tasting wonderful, slowly step away from that mixing bowl.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2009

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Old horse, new saddle

Trinity Rep finds importance in Earnest
But what about this matter of throwing a saddle on an old warhorse again? Well, the rider this time around thinks that the play is still as frisky as a colt. She hasn't directed this before, but she has seen it five or six times.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 07, 2009

Life and how we live it

The Other Shore searches for meaning
We're far too close to life to see it accurately, aren't we? With noses pressed up against our problems and delights, we need our perceptive artists — such as Chinese playwright Gao Xingjian — to remind us of what's really going on.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 07, 2009

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The show's the thing

A Chorus Line lifts spirits at PPAC
Admittedly, other musicals had to come before it for A Chorus Line to make any sense. But apart from that, the essence of musical theater is all there in this frisky colt of a theatrical warhorse.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2009

A living history

Twilight revists the King riots
Since Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is set in a specific place and time, some theatergoers will want to relegate its incidents and attitudes — which surround the Rodney King riots — to history.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 24, 2009



Muddled musical

A mostly rotten Scoundrels
We sure do love our stage rascals.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 24, 2009

Review: Shula's 347 Grill

A culinary field goal
NFL Hall of Fame coach Don Shula is understandably proud of his 347 career wins. He's so proud that he wants to share that fact with diners at his nationwide chain of seven steakhouses.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 18, 2009

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Home unsweet home

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

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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

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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

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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


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