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Jersey Boys hits the high notes at PPAC

Street corner symphony
Jersey Boys could so easily have been just another jukebox musical, with familiar hits strung together as predictably as notes on a scale.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 22, 2012

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Sabrina charms at 2nd Story

Sophisticated lady
With their usual flair, 2nd Story Theatre is staging Sabrina Fair , the 1953 light romance by Samuel A. Taylor that provided the template for the film adaptation titled Sabrina .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 14, 2012

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Review: La Strada Café & Pizzeria

The real thing
Summer at the seashore isn't just about clam shacks, and certainly not in Matunuck ever since La Strada opened last year.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2012

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Wave II of Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

Squeezing out sparks
Wave II of the Black Box Theatre One Act Play Festival at the Artists' Exchange is going for duets, for the most part, through August 12.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2012

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The 16th Annual RI International Film Festival

Movie mania!
The 16th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) will screen its top choices, presenting more than 200 films.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2012

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Brown’s trio of tepid new plays

Growing pains
Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep's annual trio of new plays has been on the boards at Leeds Theatre since July 11.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2012



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Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

Lightning round
Short one-act plays can come across as trivial, a joke that's all punchline, or as resonant as a pivotal scene from a two-hour drama.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 25, 2012

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Review: Jim’s Dock

A succulent summertime tradition
There are some traditional celebrations, like the Fourth of July or Secretary's Day, that you comply with out of habit or generosity.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 25, 2012

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Bloody Andrew Jackson’s revisionist history

Anarchy in the US
If Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson were a chapter in a history book, it would be a comical pop-up section showing arrows and tomahawks flying, fists and flags waving, audible gunfire, political rallies, lots of speech balloons with bad language, and a punk soundtrack that would curl adjoining pages like the toes of dying wicked witches.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 17, 2012

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Colonial’s Macbeth in Wilcox Park

Murder, he wrote
The dolorous Dane provides endless fascination and those star-crossed lovers will never run out of fans, but for sheer density of dramatic emotional conflict nothing beats Macbeth , as the Colonial Theatre is demonstrating in Westerly's Wilcox Park through July 29.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 17, 2012

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Moody mind games in 2nd Story’s Rebecca

Dark shadows
The indoor equivalent to summertime beach reading is the stage melodrama.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 10, 2012



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Titanic at the Courthouse Center for the Arts

That sinking feeling
If the anguished story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic didn't exist, we would have had to invent it.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2012

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Review: Italian Corner

Destination dining (just one night a week)
Please don't read this review. Really, I'm begging you. If you do, I won't be able to get another plate of pasta at Italian Corner for the next few months.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 26, 2012

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Mixed Magic’s When Mahalia Sings

Amazing grace
Mahalia Jackson was more than a celebrity before her death in 1972.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 26, 2012

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Motherhood: The Musical at Trinity

Babies and beyond
Motherhood: The Musical was created mainly to cheer on the fact that mommies just wanna have fun.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 12, 2012

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2nd Story’s’ masterful A Few Good Men

Military precision
Wow. A Few Good Men may take place in a courtroom rather than on a battlefield, but you wouldn't know that from the psychological carnage explosively inflicted.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 05, 2012



RI Shakespeare Theatre’s As You Like It

Simply the best
Shakespeare never wrote a better comedy than As You Like It .
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 06, 2012

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Review: Iron Works Tavern

Fittingly hearty fare (and much more)
They damn well better serve steaks at the Iron Works Tavern.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 29, 2012

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Courthouse dusts off Nunsense

Old habits
Nuns, the ones dressed to look like they belong to some Antarctic bird-worshiping cult, are still considered cute.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 15, 2012

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Review: The ROI

Comfort food for kings and commoners
Anyone who liked DownCity Diner when Paul Shire opened it in 1990 or Oak when the chef was in charge there will love his newest restaurant, the ROI.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 15, 2012

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Brown/Trinity Rep MFA’s revolutionary Tango

Old World order
A totalitarian regime can persist for many reasons: widespread timidity, complacency, political expediency, fear, and so on.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 08, 2012


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