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Westward ho!

Trinity's gripping 'Grapes of Wrath'
Rarely does history come alive in literature as vividly as John Steinbeck accomplished in The Grapes of Wrath , his 1939 Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning masterpiece about the Okie migration during the Great Depression.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 11, 2013

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Hero worship

A transfixing 'Evita' at PPAC
The musical Evita works hard to convince us that the rags-to-riches wife of Argentina president Juan Perón was a hero indeed.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 11, 2013

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Split personalities

Contemporary's 'Bob' is wildly entertaining
If Walt Whitman had been born in our mad, self-centered era, he would be the title character in Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s 'Bob,' the frenetically comical play getting a breathless run by Contemporary Theater Company.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2013

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Review: Don Jose Tequilas

Not your ordinary tamales
Come on, admit it. The best thing about some mediocre Mexican restaurants is their margaritas. But Don José Tequilas is not a mediocre Mexican restaurant.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2013

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Who's wooing who?

Colonial's brisk 'Taming of the Shrew'
For a churlishly misogynistic romp, Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is quite an entertaining excursion into the mindset of Elizabethans. Well, half of them, anyway.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 14, 2013

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Family misfortune

Epic's 'Dividing the Estate' goes South
All unhappy families may be unhappy in their own ways, but in the family-oriented South they also are likely to be entertaining.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 14, 2013



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Review: Circe Restaurant & Bar

A worthy origin story
It was sad to see the landmark restaurant DownCity close its doors in 2011, another victim of the lingering economic downturn. But those in the business are as optimistic as they are persistent, so nine  months ago a new restaurant opened in its place, and it looks like Circe is a worthy follow-up.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2013

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Happy, happier, happiest

Brown/Trinity Playwright Rep's summer trilogy
In this year’s Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre summer series, we get to learn vicariously from the experiences of a narcissistic young woman, a shy hunchback, and a Chicago family in turmoil.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2013

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Hero as villain?

Mixed Magic's 'Much Ado About Nothing'
There is much to make much ado about in Much Ado About Nothing , a deserved favorite among Shakespeare’s comedies.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 24, 2013

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Review: Harry's Bar & Burger

Maxi-bar and mini-burgers
Are you ready for a Pig Pile Burger? A M.O.A.B.? How about chocolate crack?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 24, 2013

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Homicidal hilarity

2nd Story's 'The Murder Room' is wicked fun
Jack Sharkey's 'The Murder Room,' the spoof being mordantly staged by 2nd Story Theatre, might very well up the homicide stats around here for the summer. They make the practice look like such wicked fun.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 17, 2013



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The end? Or the beginning?

Epic's 'This Might Not Be It'
The end of the world is coming. The comet is scheduled to hit at 2 am during a record summer heat spell, as if we weren’t already cranky enough.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2013

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Summer sleuthing

2nd Story's breezy 'Mousetrap'
What would we do without whodunits?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2013

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Review: The Sea Goose

No roast goose, but plenty else
You might think that Rhode Island needs another seafood restaurant like Providence needs another pizzeria, but you’ll change your mind if you check out the Sea Goose.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2013

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Caught in his orbit

Stuart Wilson's 'It's a Spaceship Now'
The one-man show is an hour of whimsy and DIY laid-back lifestyle instruction.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 25, 2013

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The play's not the thing

Epic's meandering trip to 'Fire Island'
Historian Charles L. Mee is also a playwright with a lengthy list of works to his credit, but he could more accurately be called an anti-playwright. Having declared that “there is no such thing as an original play,” he has proceeded, typically, to assemble and reconstruct theater pieces from found texts.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2013



One day at a time

Mixed Magic's 'The House In Providence'
As someone says toward the end of this intriguing social-study kitchen-sink drama, it’s easy to get along with people you don’t deal with every day, who don’t know you inside out and can make you feel terrible with just a look.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2013

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Upstairs, downstairs

Trinity Rep's 'House & Garden' doubles your pleasure
What a clever idea. Use the same cast and adjacent sets, and develop characters and their stories into two plays that stand alone but also offer the bonus of familiarity to audience members who see them both.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 12, 2013

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Unsettling slices of life

 Anne Pasquale gets under 'BOB''s skin
' BOB: Blessed Be the Dysfunction That Binds ' is about Anne Pasquale’s experiences growing up with a “special needs person” with schizophrenic tendencies, a balancing act of love and trepidation. Bob, you see, could be violent.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2013

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And justice for all?

 2nd Story and Mixed Magic's 'The Exonerated'
Don't ever get arrested for a serious crime. That's one of the infuriating lessons learned from ' The Exonerated ,' a drama of justice delayed written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2013

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Swimming with sharks

The Wilbury Group's 'Threepenny Opera'
Despite its scathing critique of the excesses of capitalism, The Threepenny Opera has fascinated even investment bankers since its creation in 1928. Perhaps especially investment bankers, seeing that it centers around a dark "hero" with the morals of an alley cat and the luck of one with nine lives.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 29, 2013


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