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Slices of life

The Gamm's marvelous 'Good People'
It’s a question that bums out some people and brightens up others as they think about it later in their middle age. Blind luck or clear-sighted decision-making — which factor accounts for whether we lead lives of quiet desperation or prideful applause?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2013


Nervous and broke down

Epic's insightful 'The Other Place'
Playwrights, those clever rascals, have no compunction about how they get us to empathize with their characters.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2013


Review: Viva Mexico! Cantina & Grill

Head Downcity for south of the border goodness
Viva Mexico! indeed. Both the salutation and the “Cantina & Grill” of that name, however self-congratulatory the exclamation point.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2013


The joy of suffering

'Sons of the Prophet' at 2nd Story
We live in an age too ironic to appreciate Khalil Gibran’s ' The Prophet ' but not too cynical to profit from it. That’s the premise of Stephen Karam’s ' Sons of the Prophet ,' which 2nd Story Theatre is presenting.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 06, 2013


A murderous musical

Contemporary Theatre Company's trigger-happy 'Assassins'
What in the world prompts wingnuts to try to shoot a president? We might shrug and dismiss their motivations as generic craziness, but fortunately Assassins is interested in them as individuals.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2013


Review: Nami

 Diverse delights, from sushi to steaks
Nami means wave, as the design of the graceful logo of the latest Japanese restaurant in Providence indicates.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2013


Power and paranoia

TRIST's 'Macbeth' is lean and mean
Good idea, boiling down Shakespeare’s Macbeth by a quarter to 90 minutes.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 23, 2013


Between two worlds

'Ghost The Musical' at PPAC
'Ghost The Musical' proceeds unabashed in its attempt to hijack our affection with brazen sentimentality, grinning over the top of its bandana and blowing at the smoke from its revolvers at PPAC.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 23, 2013


Lessons yet to be learned

Epic Theatre's 'The Normal Heart'
In the early 1980s, there was a man in New York City who all but shouted from the rooftops that there was an unacknowledged disease killing off his community.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2013


Vive la révolution!

Ocean State Theatre's Les Mis é rables
As melodramas go, the 1980s stage production of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables was and remains king (or weepy, sentimental queen).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2013


Review: KitchenBar

What. no filet flambe?
Bars are where many restaurants make most of their money, so a lot of places would rather impress you with their cosmopolitans than their cacciatores.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2013


Grandmother knows best

Seth Lepore's 'Firecracker Bye Bye'
Tolstoy dismissed all happy families for being alike, but if he had met Seth Lepore’s he might have gotten a kick out of some of their habits and personalities.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2013


Of faith and frenzy

2nd Story's 'Dancing with Lughnasa'
Ireland’s Brian Friel, celebrated celebrator of the Irish Everyman, gives more than equal time to the feisty spirit of Irish women in Dancing At Lughnasa , which 2nd Story Theatre is smartly presenting in its UpStage space.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2013


Hard knock life

Mixed Magic's Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
Risking the longest anticlimax in theatrical history, Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train starts right off with a powerful monologue that sums up the entire play.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2013


Review: Becky's BBQ

Talk about pigging out!
What more fitting occasion to pig out than over pork barbecue? And where better to indulge than at a place that goes to the trouble, and takes the time, to do it right?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2013


Lives on the edge

The Wilbury Group's 'Detroit'
Have you and your partner ever wanted to trade places with another couple that you liked and admired? Exchange jobs, stations in life, maybe even personal problems?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2013


Clones and conflict

The future is now at the Gamm
There are some people you wouldn’t trust with the power to predict the future. British playwright Caryl Churchill is probably one, judging from the two one-act plays the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre is opening its season with.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2013


Emotional rescue

2nd Story brings 'Lobby Hero' to life
He’s in the metaphorical entryway of life, stuck and dissatisfied, going nowhere. That’s the title character of the ironically named Lobby Hero , by Kenneth Lonergan, which is getting a terrific production at 2nd Story Theatre.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2013


Review: 2 Pauls' City Grille

Comfort food in style
In the Rhode Island tradition of identifying a place by saying it’s where someplace else used to be, 2 Pauls’ City Grille is where Vine Yard East used to be —  and Joseph’s and Cattails and a list of other restaurants.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2013


Fall Arts Preview: A new chapter in Warren

2nd Story expands; plus, a full slate of dramatic expression
As successful theaters go, 2nd Story Theatre in Warren is especially thriving.
By:  |  September 11, 2013


Westward ho!

Trinity's gripping 'Grapes of Wrath'
Rarely does history come alive in literature as vividly as John Steinbeck accomplished in The Grapes of Wrath , his 1939 Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning masterpiece about the Okie migration during the Great Depression.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 11, 2013

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