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Horribly nice

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

Sexual politics

PC vs. The Vagina Monologues
Eve Ensler’s play is as much a manifesto as a dramatic production, not so much agitprop but an animated display of wordy protest signs condemning violence against women.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2008



A collection of fabulous imaginings
Alex Rose plunges readers down little three- or four-page rabbit holes, so we don’t know where reality leaves off and fantasy begins.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 08, 2008


Renaissance man

Alex Rose wants to do it all
"I don’t think I’ll ever have anything to pitch to a commercial publisher,” Alex Rose says.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 08, 2008

Eleven Forty Nine

This one's a keeper
For many years, a Rhode Island tradition has played out in which a prominent Warwick location has continually morphed into different restaurants, like in a fever dream of Walter Potenza.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 02, 2008

The Barn

A cool, imaginative start to the day
Over the years, I’d heard about the Barn but never managed to get there before the closed sign flipped.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 26, 2007


Best of show

Providence theatre: 2007 in review
After all, every nominee for a best actor or actress Tony or Oscar usually deserves to win.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2007

The Pump House

Bargains and coziness galore
Perched next to Rocky Brook Pond, the stone-walled Pump House restaurant — a retired pumping station for South Kingstown — has been an attractive eatery for three decades.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 12, 2007

Girls to Women

URI Theatre stages the novel-as-musical
A good college production of a weak musical like Little Women is certainly a better deal than a weak production of a Broadway favorite.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2007


A stellar Scrooge

Trinity’s Christmas Carol sets a new standard
Yes, this Christmas Carol sets a new standard for Trinity. Don’t miss it.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 09, 2007


Words in action

Wild Porcelain lives up to its name
Have you ever had one of those dreams where a lot of wacky things don’t make much sense, but your psyche is having such a good time pumping them out that you wake up shaking your head laughing?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2007


More than ESPN and burgers
It’s where Box Seats, the sports bar up in Woonsocket, used to be.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 28, 2007


O funny night

Away in a manger with 2nd Story
When not seen as a theological argument, the story of Christmas can be taken as a humanistic encouragement of peace on Earth and goodwill to humanity.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2007

Heart to heart

Trinity Rep’s hurtful, humorous Memory House
It’s a wonder, Gilmore Girls notwithstanding, that our species keeps producing mothers willing to produce daughters.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2007


Old meets new

Trinity Rep preps its 31st Christmas Carol
At regional theaters around the country, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol , that cash cow successfully mated with a golden goose, might as well be called Déjà Vu .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2007

Choukoun’s Bistro

Home cooking, Haitian-style
When a restaurant names itself after a poem, it’s easy to assume the best.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 14, 2007

Mood swings

Brown’s Melancholy Play is seriously funny
As national defining traits go, the reputation of Americans for giddy optimism, whistling through the boneyard of existential adversity, is probably better than France’s rep for producing rude waiters.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2007


A unisex steakhouse
What’s with all the steakhouses opening up in downtown Providence?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 07, 2007

Future schlock

Weightless’ allegories need more emotion
Academics with lifetime job security aren’t the only ones living in ivory towers, says playwright Christine Evans with Weightless .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 07, 2007


Slowly they turn

RITE's melodramtic take on The Bells
We are heading toward a sentimental season of holidays, so the Rhode Island Theatre Ensemble is preparing the way with a wintry 19th-century melodrama, Leopold Lewis’s The Bells .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 06, 2007


Nixon being Nixon

Gamm’s funny night at the White House
Nixon’s Nixon is to Richard Nixon what Dante’s Inferno was to Satan, though less sympathetic.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2007

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