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Burbage’s muddled Maids

Help wanted
There are employee/employer disputes and then there is Jean Genet's The Maids , which makes the West Virginia railroad riots of 1877 look like an arms-crossed kid pouting over spinach on a plate.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 16, 2011

Review: Trattoria Romana South

Balancing plain and fancy
You get the idea at Trattoria Romana South that the restaurant is the expression of a particular personality, even if you don't know that it was established by Luciano Canova.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 16, 2011


Review: Theatre By the Sea’s rollicking Hairspray

Dance fever
Rockin' out with a social consciousness — who says we can't have it all? A girl just wants to have fun, while doing her part for integration in 1962 Baltimore.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 09, 2011

Review: Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

Cutting to the chase
The more the merrier seems to be the theme of the sixth annual Black Box Theatre One-Act Play Festival, with the first of two nine-play "Waves" running through August 14 (a second will be staged August 19-28).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 09, 2011


Review: The 15th Annual Rhode Island Film Festival

Super shorts and more
The Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival is holding its 15th annual presentation August 9-14.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 03, 2011

Review: Sura

East meets East
There are nearly three dozen Chinese restaurants in the Providence vicinity, but Korean? Not so much.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 02, 2011


Emotions run high at the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep

Love and misery
Summer brings the annual trio of productions by Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep. Love is the common theme of this year's plays — love and its soulmate misery, it goes without saying.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 26, 2011

Review: Phil's Main Street Grille

Good and cheap
As local landmarks go, the ones you can eat at grow closer to your heart than statues and buildings.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 26, 2011


Review: Epic Theatre Company stages Charlie’s Funeral

131 tales, one life
Summer is the time for light beach reading and, sometimes, theater that can be consumed like little snacks.
By: Bill Rodriguez  |  July 19, 2011

Review: CTC’s Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

CTC’s Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
There's some interesting but hard to describe theater going on with the 30 Neo-Futurist plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind , which the Contemporary Theater Company is putting on in South Kingstown through July 23.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 20, 2011


Review: 2nd Story's spirited Speech & Debate

Class action
Considering the dark core at the center of Speech & Debate — a sexual predator — it might seem incongruous that Steven Karam's celebrated play is hilarious. But at 2nd Story Theatre, that dark cloud doesn't inhibit the sunshine as three intrepid high school students fight the good fight.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 12, 2011

Review: Breachway Grill

A meal with a view
There's yet another restaurant down at the South County shore, adding to those giant summertime sucking sounds, with busy Narragansett Bay fishing boats at one end and Charlestown tourists slurping up oysters at the other.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 12, 2011

Review: Doubt at Roger Williams University

The Accused
To say that John Patrick Shanley's Doubt is an essay in action is misleading, since we're more aware of watching the human dilemmas unfold than we are of learning from the play.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 12, 2011


Review: Theater of Thought's Executor

Mediocre mystery
Producer, director, and actor Amber Kelly's Theater of Thought likes to take audiences by the imaginations and thrust them into the actual locations of plays they are watching.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 05, 2011


Review: Happy Days at the Courthouse Center

Yesterday once more
Every period has a Golden Age, whether it's Greeks looking back upon the justice goddess Astraea or Americans looking back upon the glories of rock 'n' roll.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 05, 2011

Review: Rim Nahm

Where patience is rewarded
It's hard to recall without a pang, but there was a time when there were no Thai restaurants in Cranston's Pawtuxet Village neighborhood. Nowadays, diners have their choice.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 05, 2011


Review: Perishable's Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Lust for life
If Alexander Platt's take on Hedwig and the Angry Inch were packed with any more energy, the bomb squad would have to be called out every night.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 28, 2011


Review: TBTS' Man of La Mancha is ever-optimistic

The dream is alive
The musical Man of La Mancha certainly packs in a lot.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 28, 2011


Review: 2nd Story's thought-provoking Nuts

Crazy talk
To better convey the look and feel of the sanity hearing portrayed, the production is being staged in the courtroom setting of the historic Bristol Statehouse. It's being directed with agility by Mark Peckham.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 21, 2011

Review: Stone Bridge

Mykonos classics and Italian favorites
At the Stone Bridge restaurant, there is competition for our attention.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 21, 2011

Review: RWU's Far Away is a weird whirlwind

The surreal world
While FDR maintained that we have nothing to fear but fear itself, British playwright Caryl Churchill modifies that dictum in her 2000 Far Away , which is getting an imaginative production at Roger Williams University's Barn Summer Playhouse (through June 25).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 21, 2011

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