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Review: Temple Downtown

From graffiti to Gorgonzola
Temple Downtown certainly has gone through changes.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 02, 2010

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Night moves

Theater Of Thought’s Killer Joe
Theater of Thought has done it again, this time with dark humor and Texas accents, as it amplifies theatrical reality with a site-specific rendition of Killer Joe .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 26, 2010

Review: The Boat House

Interesting seafood and inspiring sunsets
Ah, feel that. Maybe this time it’s a spring breeze for real and won’t soon turn into a winter zephyr. Let’s celebrate, go out and grab a nice meal. Where to? Well, one recent answer to the question that didn’t disappoint was the Boat House restaurant in Tiverton.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 25, 2010

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A modest epic tale

Steven Jobe’s haunting Joan of Arc
What beautiful voices and music in this event. Steven Jobe’s Joan of Arc: An Opera In Three Acts is at once ambitious and quite modest, but vocally and musically it remains a pleasure throughout its three brief acts at the Blackstone River Theater in Cumberland (through May 23).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 19, 2010

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Street corner symphonies

The Four Seasons live in Jersey Boys
We’d be happy enough if Jersey Boys were just a musical revue, thrumming with the the Four Seasons’ hit parade. But on top of that we get a compelling story, following the lives of ’60s heartthrob Frankie Valli and those who rocketed to fame with him.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 19, 2010

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Masterful metaphor

Trinity Rep’s enthralling Syringa Tree
Some individual experiences certainly can scale up.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2010



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Hot and bothered

2nd Story’s hilarious Underpants
Shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater and you get one response. Shout “Die Hose!” (women’s undies) in a German theater back in 1911 and you got another kind of uproar.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2010

Campino’s

Earning its ethnic loyalty
I rely a lot on my lumberjacks, as Dylan called them — specialists who can fill in my culinary ignorance.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2010

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Talking ’bout a revolution

 The Gamm’s life-affirming Rock ’n’ Roll
It takes a theatrical genius like Tom Stoppard to come up with Rock ’n’ Roll, which merges the pulsing spirit of both until they feel like one. And it takes a theater of the caliber of the Gamm to make history feel like a Stones concert that becomes a political rally.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 05, 2010

Ardeo at Waterplace

A sturdy culinary link
There are two kinds of chain restaurants. Some are stamped out with cookie cutters and rely on customers being attracted to something familiar. And others go for quality as the common denominator, standardizing what has been fine-tuned but allowing for creative differences.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 28, 2010

Learning to live

URI Theatre’s sprawling Unbound
Fanny Kemble is known for being a celebrated British actress in her early 19th-century youth and again toward middle age.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 27, 2010



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Dynamic duo

Trinity Rep’s over-the-top The Odd Couple
There are King Oedipus and his mom, there are Romeo and Juliet, and there are Oscar and Felix.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 21, 2010

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Twisted sister

Perishable’s knockout Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Wow. An explosive performance could be anticipated, since Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of an anguished life transformation.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 21, 2010

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‘An honest story’

Chazz Palminteri’s one-man Bronx Tale
As exciting as A Bronx Tale is, its most dramatic moment happened offstage, in 1990 when Chazz Palminteri was performing his one-man show in Los Angeles and turned down a million-dollar deal for film rights because they refused to let him recreate his role in the film.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 14, 2010

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A life on the boards

Trinity’s Fred Sullivan, Jr. hits 100
An actor who has done 100 productions at the same theater?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 14, 2010

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Rhode Island’s First Family of Poetry

Words, Words, Words
Husband and wife Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop will be giving a reading at the Providence Central Library, on Washington Street, on Sunday, April 11 at 2 pm. That’s no small matter for poetry lovers.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2010



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A timeless tale

Feminism is at the fore in PC’s Little Women
Ever since it was published in 1868, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has been inspiring generation after generation of strong-minded girls to grow into independent women.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2010

Diego’s

No sombreros allowed
Sometimes you don’t want just a taco or two, or the usual burrito stuffed with rice and beans as the quickest way to fill you up.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2010

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Sweet inspiration

Mixed Magic’s When Mahalia Sings
For more than three decades, until her death in 1972, Mahalia Jackson’s powerful contralto voice raised the spirits of even nonbelievers through her inspiring gospel singing. In an original production, Mixed Magic Theatre is reminding us about her legacy in the premiere of When Mahalia Sings .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2010

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The con goes on

2nd Story’s The Voysey Inheritance
David Mamet has always had a professional fascination with confidence men who pretend to be businessmen.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 31, 2010

Taking aim

A play within a play in Stoppard’s Hound
Sometimes even playwrights just wanna have fun.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 31, 2010


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