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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


Hero worship

A transfixing 'Evita' at PPAC
The musical Evita works hard to convince us that the rags-to-riches wife of Argentina president Juan Perón was a hero indeed.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 11, 2013


Split personalities

Contemporary's 'Bob' is wildly entertaining
If Walt Whitman had been born in our mad, self-centered era, he would be the title character in Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s 'Bob,' the frenetically comical play getting a breathless run by Contemporary Theater Company.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2013


Review: Don Jose Tequilas

Not your ordinary tamales
Come on, admit it. The best thing about some mediocre Mexican restaurants is their margaritas. But Don José Tequilas is not a mediocre Mexican restaurant.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2013


Who's wooing who?

Colonial's brisk 'Taming of the Shrew'
For a churlishly misogynistic romp, Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is quite an entertaining excursion into the mindset of Elizabethans. Well, half of them, anyway.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 14, 2013


Family misfortune

Epic's 'Dividing the Estate' goes South
All unhappy families may be unhappy in their own ways, but in the family-oriented South they also are likely to be entertaining.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 14, 2013


Review: Circe Restaurant & Bar

A worthy origin story
It was sad to see the landmark restaurant DownCity close its doors in 2011, another victim of the lingering economic downturn. But those in the business are as optimistic as they are persistent, so nine  months ago a new restaurant opened in its place, and it looks like Circe is a worthy follow-up.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2013


Happy, happier, happiest

Brown/Trinity Playwright Rep's summer trilogy
In this year’s Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre summer series, we get to learn vicariously from the experiences of a narcissistic young woman, a shy hunchback, and a Chicago family in turmoil.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2013


Hero as villain?

Mixed Magic's 'Much Ado About Nothing'
There is much to make much ado about in Much Ado About Nothing , a deserved favorite among Shakespeare’s comedies.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 24, 2013


Review: Harry's Bar & Burger

Maxi-bar and mini-burgers
Are you ready for a Pig Pile Burger? A M.O.A.B.? How about chocolate crack?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 24, 2013


Homicidal hilarity

2nd Story's 'The Murder Room' is wicked fun
Jack Sharkey's 'The Murder Room,' the spoof being mordantly staged by 2nd Story Theatre, might very well up the homicide stats around here for the summer. They make the practice look like such wicked fun.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 17, 2013


The end? Or the beginning?

Epic's 'This Might Not Be It'
The end of the world is coming. The comet is scheduled to hit at 2 am during a record summer heat spell, as if we weren’t already cranky enough.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2013

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