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Animal magnetism

2nd Story unleashes 'Sylvia'
Magical realism was never a more doggone hoot than in A.R. Gurney’s ' Sylvia. '
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2014


Review: Los Andes

A bounty of Bolivian and Peruvian delights
There is a certain seraphic smile that spreads onto the face of someone approaching a favorite restaurant that he hasn’t indulged in for a long while.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2014


Jailhouse romp

URI Theatre's 'Chicago' razzle dazzles
Come on, ’fess up. In your heart of hearts, you get a little tabloid thrill over a bang-bang jealous-lover news account.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2014


Men at work

 Epic's magnificent 'Hurlyburly'
The Pulitzer Prize Board, which likes to honor theatrical gems of Americana, may have been remiss in not nominating David Rabe’s 1984 ' Hurlyburly .'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 16, 2014


Searching for clues

Trinity Rep's 'Veronica Meadows'
A "girl detective" makes her  world premiere.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2014


Rose-colored memories

Ocean State's 'Diary of Anne Frank'
Incessant media accounts of horrific events can prompt compassion fatigue.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2014


Mental shrapnel

The Wilbury Theatre Group's nihilistic 'Blasted'
Brave or foolhardy? The Wilbury Theatre Group is presenting Sarah Kane’s controversial Blasted , a 1995 play that at the time was decried as juvenile, taken to the woodshed by critics, and flayed to shreds.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2014


A rowdy romp

2nd Story's Le Dindon or The Dupe
In his time, Georges Feydeau was to theater what McDonald’s is to cuisine — cheap, easy to consume, and wildly popular.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2014


Not feeling it

'Flashdance: The Musical' at PPAC
How strange that it took 25 years for the hit 1983 film ' Flashdance' to be adapted into a stage musical.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2014


Review: Rick's Roadhouse

You know where their heart is
Ah, the sweet, tooth-tingling charms of barbecue.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2014


Feels like the first time

The Gamm's masterful 'Macbeth'
So you’ve seen Macbeth so many times you can repeat the “tomorrow, and tomorrow” monologue along with the doomed Scot? Well, reconsider.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2014


Living with the past

Epic's 'Great God Pan'
What you don’t know can’t hurt you. Right? Well, maybe.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2014


Working at life

2nd Story's 'A Bright New Boise'
There are all sorts of ways to search for meaning in life, or give meaning to it, and we’re not handed a checklist at birth.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2014


Musical wayback machine

Ocean State's 'All Night Strut!'
' The All Night Strut! ' is a jukebox revue aiming to get your toes tapping, even if you don’t spring into the aisle to jitterbug.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2014


'Rainbow' coalition

Mixed Magic's 'For Colored Girls'
' For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf ,' Ntozake Shange’s lengthy choreopoem, was first performed in 1975 and presented on Broadway the following year, but the concerns it expresses are hardly restricted by time — or, largely, even race.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2014


A hard knock life

Trinity Rep's rousing 'Oliver!'
The musical Oliver! certainly earns its exclamation point, especially as pumped up in this lively Trinity Repertory Company foray.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 26, 2014


Forever young

'Peter and the Starcatcher' at PPAC
Most of us have probably never thought much about where Peter Pan came from.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 26, 2014


Review: Rasa

Essential Indian cuisine
As if lovers of Indian food weren’t doing well enough around here with such places as Kabob and Curry on Thayer Street and Rasoi in Pawtucket, owner Sanjiv Dhar has opened another restaurant, Rasa, in East Greenwich.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 19, 2014


Comedy central

Ocean State Theatre's 'Laughter On the 23rd Floor'
How could Neil Simon’s ' Laughter On the 23rd Floor ' lose, with its set-up of seven comedy writers whipping up yuks for an already entertaining boss?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 13, 2014


The fabric of life

Trinity Rep's 'Intimate Apparel'
' Intimate Apparel ,' by Lynn Nottage, concludes with a projected photograph of an anonymous black seamstress in 1905, and the staging by Trinity Repertory Company can be thought of as imagining her life.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2014


A mirthful melodrama

2nd Story's hectic 'Seven Keys to Baldpate'
Damn you, George M. Cohan!
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2014

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