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Identity crisis

Providence Black Rep’s The Bluest Eye
“My eyes,” she says. “I want them blue. I want them blue so my mama love me and I have friends and people don’t do ugly things in front of me and I stop being invisible.”
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 12, 2008


The art of violence

Gamm’s Pillowman is unsettling
The most frightening thing about this play is the prospect that less than first-rate actors can perform it, skating upon its sensationalism rather than sinking into its depths.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008


Power mad

Trinity Rep’s timely Richard III
Trinity Repertory Company is staging a version of Richard III that comes at us like a Sherman tank.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008

McCormick + Schmick’s Seafood

Where familiar dishes don't get old
There are trickier culinary specialties out there — preparing fugu comes to mind, since a death or two from blowfish nerve poison can affect a place’s Chowhound rating.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 30, 2008


Mind Games I

Imagination A-Go-Go at Elemental
The imagination knows its own way, but it sometimes needs marching orders.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 19, 2012

Mind games II

Agnes of God is still a blank slate
Absolute opinions, whether divinely or intellectually inspired, can ironically lead to confusion rather than certainty.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2008


Horribly nice

Trinity seeks the truth in the lies of Richard III
Talk about a bad rap.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 23, 2008

Sexual politics

PC vs. The Vagina Monologues
Eve Ensler’s play is as much a manifesto as a dramatic production, not so much agitprop but an animated display of wordy protest signs condemning violence against women.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2008



A collection of fabulous imaginings
Alex Rose plunges readers down little three- or four-page rabbit holes, so we don’t know where reality leaves off and fantasy begins.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 08, 2008


Renaissance man

Alex Rose wants to do it all
"I don’t think I’ll ever have anything to pitch to a commercial publisher,” Alex Rose says.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 08, 2008

Eleven Forty Nine

This one's a keeper
For many years, a Rhode Island tradition has played out in which a prominent Warwick location has continually morphed into different restaurants, like in a fever dream of Walter Potenza.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 02, 2008

The Barn

A cool, imaginative start to the day
Over the years, I’d heard about the Barn but never managed to get there before the closed sign flipped.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 26, 2007


Best of show

Providence theatre: 2007 in review
After all, every nominee for a best actor or actress Tony or Oscar usually deserves to win.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2007

The Pump House

Bargains and coziness galore
Perched next to Rocky Brook Pond, the stone-walled Pump House restaurant — a retired pumping station for South Kingstown — has been an attractive eatery for three decades.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 12, 2007

Girls to Women

URI Theatre stages the novel-as-musical
A good college production of a weak musical like Little Women is certainly a better deal than a weak production of a Broadway favorite.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2007


A stellar Scrooge

Trinity’s Christmas Carol sets a new standard
Yes, this Christmas Carol sets a new standard for Trinity. Don’t miss it.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 09, 2007


Words in action

Wild Porcelain lives up to its name
Have you ever had one of those dreams where a lot of wacky things don’t make much sense, but your psyche is having such a good time pumping them out that you wake up shaking your head laughing?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2007


More than ESPN and burgers
It’s where Box Seats, the sports bar up in Woonsocket, used to be.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 28, 2007


O funny night

Away in a manger with 2nd Story
When not seen as a theological argument, the story of Christmas can be taken as a humanistic encouragement of peace on Earth and goodwill to humanity.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2007

Heart to heart

Trinity Rep’s hurtful, humorous Memory House
It’s a wonder, Gilmore Girls notwithstanding, that our species keeps producing mothers willing to produce daughters.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2007


Old meets new

Trinity Rep preps its 31st Christmas Carol
At regional theaters around the country, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol , that cash cow successfully mated with a golden goose, might as well be called Déjà Vu .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2007

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