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Never say die

Revisiting George M !
George M! is a trip back to a time when entertainers were bigger than life, and flag-waving patriotism set off applause as easily as puppies and cute babies prompt aaahs.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 24, 2008


Up River Café

Sipping Prosecco on the Pawcatuck
It’s always a shame when a restaurant with a great location fails to equally impress with the actual food. Not to worry, however, about the Up River Café.  
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2008

Walking wounded

Perishable’s thought-provoking tig
It’s a contemporary adaptation of the Greek legend, most famously presented in Sophocles’s Antigone , aiming to make the story of duty and honor relevant to modern audiences.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 17, 2008


Traces of the Trade advances the discussion

Race + Reconciliation
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North charts the early history of the DeWolfs, a prominent Bristol family whose first three generations were prosperously involved in the slave trade.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2008


“Cryptic Providence” digs deep

It’s one thing to have performances on a stage and art works in a gallery, and another to accomplish what “Cryptic Providence” will do.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2008


Liberty Elm Diner

Neighborliness and buttermilk pancakes
Every neighborhood should have a diner like the Liberty Elm.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2008

Stridin’ with Fats

Ain’t Misbehavin’ by the Sea
Long live Theatre by the Sea! The shuttered Matunuck barn theater is open for business after being dark for four summers.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2008


Anything but tame

A smart take on Shakespeare’s Shrew
Director Peter Sampieri and an ace troupe are mounting a slam-bang production of the comedy that sparkles with originality and resolves a feminist objection to the play that we can assume is older than the play itself.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2008


The circle game

Befuddlement rules in Fuddy Meers
It’s a very funny reminder that laughter can make such absurdity almost worthwhile.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2008

Chinese Laundry

Exotic and erotic
Very Hong Kong street stall, kind of Blade Runner without the rain.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 22, 2008



Rory Raven's Haunted Providence
Rory Raven’s Haunted Providence is a must-read for anyone who likes to collect every stray fact of local history or hopes to frighten campers around midnight campfires this summer.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 19, 2008


Fever dreams

Fear and loathing in Desemboque
Written in the  tradition of the historieta — pulp comics sold in the tens of millions monthly from every Mexican newsstand and bodega — Dead in Desemboque comes across like a dying gringo’s border desert mirage.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 19, 2008

3 Steeple Street

More than a gravitational attraction
Given its location, 3 Steeple Street has an edge in being successful.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2008


Make believe

The songs are the draw in Drowsy Chaperone
Of the five Tony Awards that The Drowsy Chaperone swept up in 2006, Lisa Lambert’s co-win with Greg Morrison for Best Original Score was the real prize.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2008


Just another Night

The songs are the draw in Trinity’s Paris
Paris by Night , the musical play — as opposed to a straight musical, if you’ll pardon the expression — is a pleasant enough excursion.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2008


Existential rubble

The potent poetry of Sweet Disaster
Sweet Disaster may not topple any of our convictions about how the world works. But that’s only because it reminds us how we stumble over our existential rubble every day.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2008


Love stories

Columbus gets to the heart of Paris by Night
“Maybe straight America — or American musical theater — is not ready for it yet. But the music rocks.”
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2008

Is the pricier wine always better?

Our grape-addled critic sips to find answers
Trust your own taste, since that’s what has to be satisfied.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2008

Room with a view

Theater of Thought’s fascinating Tape
Theater can capture our attention by trickery — think onstage helicopter in Miss Saigon or Richard III in a Civil War setting.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2008


Strings attached

FirstWorks sends in the puppets
FirstWorks is going year-round.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 15, 2008

Fading away

A dramatic look at anorexia inScarecrow
As with a lot of people whose lack of self-awareness is their basic coping mechanism, David Moore is a pretty chipper guy at the outset of Scarecrow .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 15, 2008

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