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Nude vs. prude

Some Things  at Trinity
Sally Mann doesn’t take photographs, she does Rorschach tests.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2008


Both sides now

The ugly beauty of Some Things Are Private
The actors were shown a number of photographs by Sally Mann and asked to decide which of them they found the most beautiful and which the most disturbing.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 20, 2008


Western ways

Thomas Cobb’s long road to Shavetail
The frontier West. That setting is as perilous as the human condition itself, the stark landscape a visual parable.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 20, 2008


Al dente ma non troppo
Sogno certainly has the atmosphere right, starting with the sign outside, which looks like it was scratched out by a large quill pen dipped in burgundy ink.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 13, 2008


Seeing Red

2nd Story’s Sunset scares up some laughs
Theatergoers just like to have fun. If you agree with that statement, or at least don’t sputter, you might enjoy 2nd Story Theater’s take on Charles Busch’s Red Scare on Sunset .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 12, 2008


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

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