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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

The music men

URI Theatre rocks Amadeus
Like the playwright’s Equus, the spotlight focuses like a laser beam on an obsession.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2008


Court and spark

Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium’s lively Figaro
Theater productions sometimes go to great pains (often ours) to make a period play relevant to modern audiences.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2008

Temple Downtown

No secret handshake required
When plans were made to convert the abandoned shell of the Masonic Temple into the upscale Renaissance Hotel, what chance was there that a restaurant in the basement would be, well, adorably funky?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2008


Nude vs. prude

Some Things  at Trinity
Sally Mann doesn’t take photographs, she does Rorschach tests.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2008


Both sides now

The ugly beauty of Some Things Are Private
The actors were shown a number of photographs by Sally Mann and asked to decide which of them they found the most beautiful and which the most disturbing.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 20, 2008


Western ways

Thomas Cobb’s long road to Shavetail
The frontier West. That setting is as perilous as the human condition itself, the stark landscape a visual parable.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 20, 2008


Al dente ma non troppo
Sogno certainly has the atmosphere right, starting with the sign outside, which looks like it was scratched out by a large quill pen dipped in burgundy ink.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 13, 2008


Seeing Red

2nd Story’s Sunset scares up some laughs
Theatergoers just like to have fun. If you agree with that statement, or at least don’t sputter, you might enjoy 2nd Story Theater’s take on Charles Busch’s Red Scare on Sunset .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 12, 2008


Identity crisis

Providence Black Rep’s The Bluest Eye
“My eyes,” she says. “I want them blue. I want them blue so my mama love me and I have friends and people don’t do ugly things in front of me and I stop being invisible.”
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 12, 2008


The art of violence

Gamm’s Pillowman is unsettling
The most frightening thing about this play is the prospect that less than first-rate actors can perform it, skating upon its sensationalism rather than sinking into its depths.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008


Power mad

Trinity Rep’s timely Richard III
Trinity Repertory Company is staging a version of Richard III that comes at us like a Sherman tank.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008

McCormick + Schmick’s Seafood

Where familiar dishes don't get old
There are trickier culinary specialties out there — preparing fugu comes to mind, since a death or two from blowfish nerve poison can affect a place’s Chowhound rating.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 30, 2008


Mind Games I

Imagination A-Go-Go at Elemental
The imagination knows its own way, but it sometimes needs marching orders.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 19, 2012

Mind games II

Agnes of God is still a blank slate
Absolute opinions, whether divinely or intellectually inspired, can ironically lead to confusion rather than certainty.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2008


Horribly nice

Trinity seeks the truth in the lies of Richard III
Talk about a bad rap.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 23, 2008

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