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A memoir, a tour, and a state coming to grips with slavery

History Dept.
The latest turn in Rhode Island's complicated dialogue with its slaveholding past: a yearlong project encouraging locals to read a memoir by the son of a freed slave.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 27, 2010

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Cabin Fever

Elemental’s ‘the father, the son and the holy go.go’
Sometimes a solitary cabin in the woods is just a solitary cabin in the woods, Freud might have said, but sometimes it's epitomizing psychological isolation and yearning for human connection.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 27, 2010

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The torment within

The Gamm’s intense 4:48 Psychosis
In dramatic terms, it doesn't really matter whether the female protagonist of 4:48 Psychosis commits suicide at the end of the play.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 20, 2010

Café Noir

Upping the hipness quotient
Ambience, style, flair — these have become as necessary as kitchen seasonings to spice up a dining experience in upscale restaurants.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 20, 2010

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Cries and whispers

The Gamm finds the balance in 4:48 Psychosis
Mental illness is a touchy subject, one that needs to be handled sensitively on stage or not at all.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 13, 2010

Kabuki

Cuisine off the beaten path
Japanese restaurants can be too predictable.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 30, 2009



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Hearts and souls (and laughs too)

The 10 best theater productions of 2009
It's been a good year for theater around here — an ingeniously roasted dramatic chestnut here, a new and safely landed flight of fancy there. Below are 10 productions that particularly stood out.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 22, 2009

Spice

A hot and cheap Thai bistro
You might find it difficult to believe, but at one time there were no Thai restaurants in Providence. I know, I know, it’s sad — no pad Thai, no pik pow sauce, such deprivation, such shamed downward glances in the streets.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 21, 2009

Ama’s

Don’t read this, please
I'm in a quandary. I want to tell you about Ama's, but it's a tiny place with very few seats, and I really don't want to see a line outside the next time I show up.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2009

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Still Wonderful

Center Stage interprets Capra’s Life
It's a risky gamble, creating a stage version of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2009

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Fears and rages

Dehumanization is at the heart of Woyzeck
Woyzeck isn't a play, it's a Rorschach inkblot test for directors and theater companies.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2009



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Spelling-bound

URI’s makes Putnam County worth visiting
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a harmless enough little confection for, say, when you've had enough high-protein Shakespeare.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 08, 2009

The Carols of Christmas

The song’s the thing in The Gift of the Magi
One can't just break out into Christmas carols, even in this warm and fuzzy season.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 08, 2009

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Christmas present

Trinity Rep’s Carol delivers the gift of joy
Christmases come and Christmases go, as psychedelic wrapping paper gives way to orderly Republican stripes, as sweet little Jimmy grows into gruff Uncle James.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 02, 2009

Being Scrooge

Timothy Crowe on Dickens’s ‘life-changing message’
Over the 33 years that Trinity Rep has been staging A Christmas Carol , many actors playing Ebenezer Scrooge have growled and grumped, cantankered, and curmugeoned around the stage.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 02, 2009

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Doing the right thing

2nd Story’s inspiring To Kill a Mockingbird
There are plenty of stories that harken back to a Golden Age, but Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird was different.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 24, 2009



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The human condition

Who’s to say what’s Crazy ?
Kevin Broccoli, the writer and directorial ringmaster, announced before the performance that we were going to see not a play, but rather an experiment.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 23, 2009

Café Fresco

A terrific Monday night special, and more
Restaurants come and restaurants go.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 23, 2009

Mesa Café and Grill

Imaginative choices, low prices
Usually there's something special about a neighborhood restaurant, which by definition is as much about community as about commerce.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 18, 2009

A neighborhood theater is reborn

The Arts
It took quite a while, and north of $10 million, but last month the long-closed Park Cinema in Cranston opened as the ambitiously named Rhode Island Center for Performing Arts.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 11, 2009

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Music and revenge

 Elemental Theatre’s masterful Amadeus
As a play, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus has more than its share of theatrical muscle.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2009


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