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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


Off the wall

The strained poetry of . . . and Jesus Moonwalks
Unfortunately, while many passages of fervently gathered lyricism are thrust toward us like exotic bouquets between scenes of ordinary conversation, the poetry doesn’t accumulate impact.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 15, 2008


Goodness by the gallon
It surprises me every time.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2008


Ghost story

Trinity’s gleeful Blithe Spirit
Audiences just wanna have fun. Sometimes.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2008


Musical man

Jason Simon ends his run in The Producers
When holographic projection technology gets perfected, you can be sure that Mel Brooks’s The Producers will be one of the first holograms released.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2008


Still Funny

PC brings Fanny Brice back to life
The musical Funny Girl wasn’t made for just Barbra Streisand.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2008

A different angle

Mark Peckham directs a ‘scary piece’
“That’s what I demand of my actors, that they come in with ideas and work,” Peckham insists. “I’m not interested in someone who stands there and says, ‘What do you want me to do?’"
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2008


A brutal world

2nd Story’s Orpheus Descending
Orpheus Descending is such an urgent work that you can see how Tennessee Williams allowed an earlier version of it to pop squalling into the world before it was fully gestated.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2008


Horrror fans to mark ‘Lovecraft Rising’

Literary life
The man famously wrote, “I am Providence,” so it just wouldn’t be right for folks in this town to say, “H.P. who ?”
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2008


Parlor games

Gamm’s Boston Marriage is a ticklish toss-off
The 19th-century practice of the lesbian “Boston marriage” was packed with enough human urgency and necessary social hypocrisy to supply any number of plays.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2008


Labor of love

The Narragansetts’ Stories in Stone
The last glacier that passed through New England did its part, stopping here and releasing its burden of boulders, rocks, and stones as it receded.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2008

Basic training

Cornerstone revives Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues  
Neil Simon has always been a problematical playwright of comedies when it comes to taking him seriously.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2008

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