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Review: Arlene Violet's The Family

Wiseguys (and dolls)
If anybody not under potential indictment is qualified to write something titled The Family , subtitled "A Musical About the Mob," it's Arlene Violet.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 10, 2011

Review: McCurdy's Junction House

Delicious choices as impressive as the prices
I suppose it could look more inviting if the cooks were at the entrance ushering us in.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 08, 2011


Review: Under the spell of Putnam County at TBTS

Elementary fun
Pretty cute. A hippie-dippie boy wearing a cape sewn from neckties. A girl whose dictionary is her best and perhaps only friend.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 07, 2011

Review: Abyssinia

Comfort food from Ethiopia and Eritrea
As Providence has become a foodie mecca over the years, ethnic opportunities have expanded beyond Italian and Portuguese. But African foods? Not so much.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 31, 2011

Review: L'Artisan Café & Bakery

More like a bistro than a bakery
Enough already. I got tired of a good foodie friend of mine badgering me about this bakery and gourmet food place he was in love with and wanted me to review.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 24, 2011


Review: Poe vs. Poe in Trinity's Strange Tale

I Is Another
What's left to spook us these days? Crime shows display forensic detail that has inured us to blood.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 18, 2011

Review: Threepenny Opera is dark and dynamic

A really big show
No wonder, theatrically speaking, that The Threepenny Opera takes three hours to perform.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2011

Review: Tong-D

Terrific Thai in Barrington
Yes, it's sad to think about, but there was a day when there were no Thai restaurants in Rhode Island.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2011


Review: 2nd Story's hilarious Vibrator Play

Mastering hysteria
Women certainly had plenty to be hysterical about toward the end of the 19th century, a time when Thomas Edison's technological advances were shining on the culture.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2011


Review: The Gamm's Torture is front-loaded

Rights and wrongs
Black humor sure is better than no humor at all. What do you do with the disproved defenses of torture besides get angry?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2011


Review: Paragon

A many splendored brunch
Sunday morning. Time to go out for brunch!
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2011

Review: Burbage's manic The Maderati

The art of pretension
Pity the poor, rich Manhattan literati within seduction distance, or at least bon mot range, of artistic celebrities.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 03, 2011


Review: The Dancing Pig

A great place for pigging out
The laid-back tone of the place is established by its name and accompanying cartoon logo of a smiling pig in a top hat. Inside, tasseled valances against burgundy walls suggest a bustling gray-haired granny in the kitchen.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 04, 2011


Review: Trinity's Steel Magnolias is fun and poignant

Both sides now
The first thing you need to know is that over the course of watching Steel Magnolias , which is getting a no-laffs-barred production by Trinity Repertory Company (through May 15), all my testosterone drained out and pooled at my feet.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 27, 2011


Review: A winning West Side Story at PPAC

When Tony met Maria
Regarding Shakespearean tragedies, it's hard to think of another Broadway adaptation that could earn the box office appeal that this musical drew out of Romeo and Juliet .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 27, 2011


Review: Downcity

Gordon would approve
As much as restaurants want to provide a calming atmosphere, with bird twitters or whatever in the background, the mood behind the scenes can be lethal.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 27, 2011


Review: Perishable's emotionally transfixing 1:23

Crimes of the heart
Two things about Carson Kreitzer's 1:23 , which is getting a phenomenal production at Perishable Theatre (through May 7).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 19, 2011

Review: RWU's muddled Patch of Earth

War crimes
You are ordered to shoot civilians who are trembling before you, and told that if you refuse you will join them.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 19, 2011


Review: Brown's Talk is true to its name

The art of conversation
Everyone does it, to varying degrees of success or defeat. The ancient Greeks did it to lofty philosophical purpose, although their reward for their most prominent proponent was a goblet of poison.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 13, 2011

Review: Contemporary's uninspired Composition

A lack of creativity
There is an interesting metaphorical framing device for this tale and a few pleasant music interludes, but by and large Composition , an original play by the Contemporary Theater Company, is a case study in loosey-goosey storytelling (through April 17).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 12, 2011

Review: Pal's Restaurant

Good ingredients, well-prepared, can't lose
The logo for Pal's is a cartoon of two smiling men in high-collar period suits.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 14, 2011

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