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Courthouse Center for the Arts’ Dracula

There will be blood
We will always have horror films, as long as people will squeal and cling to the arms of their dates.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 24, 2012


The Wilbury Group’s marvelous Lungs

Oh, baby
If Lungs doesn't leave you out of breath, you're ready for competitive sprinting.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 17, 2012


The Grim Reaper looms in URI’s Marvin’s Room

At death’s door
Given a choice of laughing or crying over misfortune, blubbering isn't most people's pick.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 18, 2012

Review: Malt

Pretty fancy for a pub
Wisely, a new addition to the Newport dining scene is starting off modestly; it's little more than a pub, but enough more that it shows good promise and even some adventurousness. Malt opened this summer with little fanfare but soon earned a growing fan base.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 18, 2012

A high-flying Catch Me If You Can at PPAC

Man on the move
The subject and story of Catch Me If You Can sound like the flights of fancy that customarily keep musicals aloft, but it's propelled by an actual rascal and the unlikely high points of his actual career(s).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 10, 2012


Unusual soulmates in 2nd Story’s The Goat

Animal attraction
Edward Albee has always managed to drill deeply into the human heart and not stop until he gets a gusher, never more so than in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2012


Leigh and Melissa’s delightful Hamlette

It takes two
A two-person female Hamlet set in contrast to the drudgery of office work?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2012


Review: Bistro 9

Not just puttering around
Although Bistro 9 is located at the East Greenwich Golf Club, you don't have to be able to tell a nine iron from a tire iron to be comfortable here.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2012


The horror of genocide in Yermedea RAW

This brutal world
As difficult as it is to capture onstage an enormity such as genocide, a play at Brown University Theater is doubling the stakes by also addressing the maternal consequences of the deaths of young innocents.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2012


Trinity Rep’s superb King Lear

A triumphant tragedy
It's not a new thing, the complications of elder care.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2012


The Gamm’s powerful After the Revolution

Truth and consequences
Family pressures are troublesome enough in the best of circumstances, but when they involve politics they can blow off the roof.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2012


Couples run amok in God of Carnage

Uncivilized unions
Not since Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? have theater audiences been treated to such there-but-for-the-grace-of-marriage-counselors relief over their match not being so bad after all.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 11, 2012


Bestiality, a parade of presidents, and two takes on Yermedea

Running the gamut
The array of theater this fall runs the usual entertainment-to-edification gamut of comedies and tragedies, but 2nd Story Theatre is packing both into their opener, Edward Albee's THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA? (September 21-October 2).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 12, 2012


Review: Plum Pt. Bistro

The Contes do it well again
Plum Pt., the new eatery in Saunderstown, is definitely designed as a bistro, as was emphasized by our server, who noted that such places are intended to be noisy to provide the kind of bustling "energy" that attracts hip, young diners.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 04, 2012


Wave III of Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

Variations and themes
The third and final "Wave" of the One-Act Play Festival at the Black Box Theatre (through August 26) is another varied batch, from romantic duets to a couple of fantasies.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 22, 2012


Jersey Boys hits the high notes at PPAC

Street corner symphony
Jersey Boys could so easily have been just another jukebox musical, with familiar hits strung together as predictably as notes on a scale.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 22, 2012


Sabrina charms at 2nd Story

Sophisticated lady
With their usual flair, 2nd Story Theatre is staging Sabrina Fair , the 1953 light romance by Samuel A. Taylor that provided the template for the film adaptation titled Sabrina .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 14, 2012


Review: La Strada Café & Pizzeria

The real thing
Summer at the seashore isn't just about clam shacks, and certainly not in Matunuck ever since La Strada opened last year.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2012


Wave II of Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

Squeezing out sparks
Wave II of the Black Box Theatre One Act Play Festival at the Artists' Exchange is going for duets, for the most part, through August 12.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2012


The 16th Annual RI International Film Festival

Movie mania!
The 16th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) will screen its top choices, presenting more than 200 films.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2012


Brown’s trio of tepid new plays

Growing pains
Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep's annual trio of new plays has been on the boards at Leeds Theatre since July 11.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2012

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