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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


Life lines

Michael Morse’s Rescuing Providence
When Michael Morse was a boy in the 1970s, the TV show Emergency was his favorite, and when playing war he always wanted to be the medic.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2008

Loie Fuller’s

The Left Bank meets the West Side
The bistro Loie Fuller’s, like its namesake, manages to be demure and flamboyant at the same time.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008

Killing time

Theater of Thought’sBash is a must-see
Every once in a while a playwright comes along with a distinct point of view and a voice that can’t be ignored.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008


An identity crisis

Brown tackles Ibsen’s knotty Peer Gynt
On stage there’s nothing like a bad boy, mugging brazenly like Mick Jagger or hurtling toward comeuppance like a medieval morality play sinner.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008


A royal treat

Camelot shines brightly at PPAC
You’ve got to hand it to the Obama team for going that extra step.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2008

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