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Spirito’s

Family dining for cheapskates
Sunday’s daily special at Spirito’s, an all-you-can-eat roasted chicken deal that borrows from the Blackstone Valley tradition, includes pasta, as well as French fries and salad — for $9.95. You read that right.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2008

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A powerhouse play

URI’s compelling Small Tragedy
For a play titled Small Tragedy , playwright Craig Lucas certainly has packed in a bundle of large feelings.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2008

Into the woods

Theater of Thought’s Brilliant Traces
In its several productions, the Narragansett-based Theater of Thought has finessed the problem quite nicely — by making us flies on that wall, as the expression goes.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2008

Kon Asian Bistro

With a heavy Japanese accent
Kon is essentially Japanese, but it calls itself an “Asian Bistro,” inviting us to cross borders.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 08, 2008

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A battling brood

2nd Story’s stormy Another Part of the Forest
Although Lillian Hellman wrote Another Part of the Forest as a prequel after The Little Foxes , it was by no means an afterthought.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2008

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World party

Fresh fare at the FirstWorks Festival
In its fifth year, FirstWorks Festival 2008 has grown to be a culturally diverse showcase, distinctly international in flavor, with an array of theater and family entertainment.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 01, 2008



Race and rage

Brown’s Funnyhouse packs a punch
Race relations in America were in tumult when Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro was first staged in 1962.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2008

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Motel hell

PBRC’s creepy-crawly Bug
For all its ambition to wider purpose, it’s mainly a horror story.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2008

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Fightin' words

Trinity Rep’s thoroughly modern Dreams of Antigone
The trouble with Greek tragedies is that they tend to be Greek to us.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2008

Stone Bridge

Tzatziki and red sauce
The menu leans toward Greek and Italian dishes, the latter red-sauce offerings properly secondary.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 25, 2008

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School daze

Legally Blonde charms at PPAC
Is this all a larky celebration of post-feminist feminism or just a lark?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 25, 2008



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Under her skin

Laurel Casey is back in town
Who is Laurel Casey? If you figure her out, let her know. She’d love to learn that too.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2008

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Don José Tequilas

A great Mexican outpost on the Hill
With the restaurants on Federal Hill packed bruschetta to osso buco, competing in slow-mo culinary combat, it’s good to see one old favorite survive and even thrive.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008

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New + old classics

Life on the boards
As if freshly presenting stage classics isn’t challenging enough, new adaptations are in the lineups this fall at two companies, Trinity Repertory Company and the Gamm.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008

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Living histories

The Gamm stages a remarkably timely Don Carlos
Political intrigue, parallels to today’s electoral brouhaha, and reminders of historical warnings, all presented in dignified but unpretentious blank verse cadences.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008

The West Deck

Not to be forgotten
Shame on us. There we were, scratching our heads over which Newport restaurant to choose as the destination for an visitor, and we didn’t think of the West Deck until last.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 27, 2008



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To the Max

The Producers at Theatre by the Sea
The show’s success has to do with more than the Mel Brooks classic being a familiar crowd pleaser.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 13, 2008

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High society

2nd Story’s hilarious Belle’s Stratagem
The current 2nd Story Theatre production — with slit-eyed coaching from the playwright — manages to make the message as familiar as yesterday.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 13, 2008

On edge

Fledgling Festival’s feisty fare
If a worldwide pandemic of sanity and accord suddenly swept across the continent, we’d not only have to deal without a follow-up to this year’s 4th Annual Fledgling Festival at Perishable Theatre.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 13, 2008

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Moules frites for the masses
Now it’s starting to get scary.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 06, 2008

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Off the beaten path

William Walsh’s work spans from the porn business to Calvin Trillin
William Walsh first wrote Without Wax: A Documentary Novel as a short story about a young man caught up in the world of triple-X adult films.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 05, 2008


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