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Perfectly human

'Graphic Design: Now In Production' at the RISD Museum
Sometimes I think you can understand everything about our society today by considering it through two themes — the perfection of technology versus the messily human handmade.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 16, 2014


Men at work

 Epic's magnificent 'Hurlyburly'
The Pulitzer Prize Board, which likes to honor theatrical gems of Americana, may have been remiss in not nominating David Rabe’s 1984 ' Hurlyburly .'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 16, 2014


Searching for clues

Trinity Rep's 'Veronica Meadows'
A "girl detective" makes her  world premiere.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2014


Rose-colored memories

Ocean State's 'Diary of Anne Frank'
Incessant media accounts of horrific events can prompt compassion fatigue.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2014


The last frontier

'Buried Ice' at 186 Carpenter
They say that temperatures in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica haven’t been above freezing in millennia.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 02, 2014


Emotion in motion

Festival Ballet's 'Up Close On Hope'
When Festival Ballet Providence started their in-studio series, “Up Close On Hope,” more than 10 years ago, the vision was to give up-and-coming choreographers and dancers a stage less overwhelming and more intimate on which to find their footing.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2014


Mental shrapnel

The Wilbury Theatre Group's nihilistic 'Blasted'
Brave or foolhardy? The Wilbury Theatre Group is presenting Sarah Kane’s controversial Blasted , a 1995 play that at the time was decried as juvenile, taken to the woodshed by critics, and flayed to shreds.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2014


A rowdy romp

2nd Story's Le Dindon or The Dupe
In his time, Georges Feydeau was to theater what McDonald’s is to cuisine — cheap, easy to consume, and wildly popular.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2014


Not feeling it

'Flashdance: The Musical' at PPAC
How strange that it took 25 years for the hit 1983 film ' Flashdance' to be adapted into a stage musical.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2014


Feels like the first time

The Gamm's masterful 'Macbeth'
So you’ve seen Macbeth so many times you can repeat the “tomorrow, and tomorrow” monologue along with the doomed Scot? Well, reconsider.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2014


Assured abstractions

"We Don't Make Mistakes" at the Chazan Gallery
“The golden age of abstraction is right now,” ARTnews informed me last spring.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2014


Living with the past

Epic's 'Great God Pan'
What you don’t know can’t hurt you. Right? Well, maybe.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2014


Working at life

2nd Story's 'A Bright New Boise'
There are all sorts of ways to search for meaning in life, or give meaning to it, and we’re not handed a checklist at birth.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2014


Common ground

Alumni at Brown's Bell Gallery, and "Selfies & Friends" at Cade Tompkins
“I did everything in the world to keep this from happening,” exclaims the assistant to the rich man in Kerry Tribe’s There Will Be ___ _.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2014


Musical wayback machine

Ocean State's 'All Night Strut!'
' The All Night Strut! ' is a jukebox revue aiming to get your toes tapping, even if you don’t spring into the aisle to jitterbug.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2014


Local luminaries

The '2014 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition'
Reenacting a childhood photo, portraits of fabulous old ladies, and dollhouse meditations on architecture are among the artworks featured in the “2014 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition.”
By: GREG COOK  |  March 05, 2014


'Rainbow' coalition

Mixed Magic's 'For Colored Girls'
' For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf ,' Ntozake Shange’s lengthy choreopoem, was first performed in 1975 and presented on Broadway the following year, but the concerns it expresses are hardly restricted by time — or, largely, even race.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2014


A sound approach

Mark Morris discusses his dance group
When the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group takes the stage at the Vets this Saturday at 8 pm, the audience will get a lot more than just the expressive movement of dance.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2014


A hard knock life

Trinity Rep's rousing 'Oliver!'
The musical Oliver! certainly earns its exclamation point, especially as pumped up in this lively Trinity Repertory Company foray.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 26, 2014


Twisted toy story

Jennifer Avery's '(numb)Charlottes' at Yellow Peril Gallery
What is it that makes creepy dolls so freaky cool?
By: GREG COOK  |  February 26, 2014
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