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A so-so satire

Contemporary's 'The Rescue' is toothless
There’s this poor country whose medium of exchange is goats (actually, promises of parts of a goat — promissory goats).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2014

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Brightness and darkness

Leah Piepgras’s intriguing “¡SuperVision!” at GRIN
Constellations of mirror ball clouds dangle from the ceiling on pink cords at the center of the room and slowly rotate and sparkle. You’re invited to peer though weird, lumpy crystal-telescope-things.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 25, 2014

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Profoundly silly

Burbage's entertaining 'Bald Soprano'
It’s been more than a half-century since Eugène Ionesco’s first play, The Bald Soprano , was written in a burst of splenetic post-WWII exasperation over the ludicrous behavior of his species.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 25, 2014

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Triumph and tragedy

Epic's magnificent 'Angels In America'
It doesn’t hurt that Angels In America is, in several regards, the greatest American play ever written.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2014

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Fighting the power

James Montford's confrontational art
It was around 1983 when Providence artist James Montford and a friend posed as photographers to check out the Ku Klux Klan rally in Norwalk, Connecticut.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2014

Punching the clock

RWU's 'The Receptionist'
We come into the world, we rub our eyes, we look around and squall, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to figure out why we had to bother.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2014



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'Very Providencey'

"Going Nowhere" showcases Brown alumni who stuck around
“World building” is an idea that percolates — perhaps unconsciously — through the visionary end of the Providence art scene.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2014

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Meeting of the minds

'Freud's Last Session' at 2nd Story
The knockout production avoids digressions and keeps the interplay punchy, leaving us reeling as well. Think ' Crossfire' on the History Channel.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2014

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Hard truths

Trinity Rep's stunning 'A Lie of the Mind'
No way we audience members are going to sit back contentedly while the self-deluded characters in Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind are the only ones shaken up.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2014

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History lesson

Works by Nancy Elizabeth Prophet; "Nonspace" at GRIN
The portrait of the sculptor Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890-1960) that emerges from the small exhibit “Delicious Sensation of Rightness,” at the John Brown House, is fuzzy.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2014

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Revealing transformations

New works by Dan Butler and Judith Klausner
Seeing Dan Butler’s drawings and prints, you can imagine him talking long rambling strolls around cities and whipping out his sketchbook here and there to jot down impressions of old street lamps and bridges and other brawny urban constructions of America from the Gilded Age to World War II.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 28, 2014



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Acting up

The Burbage's 'Orson's Shadow'
An actor’s ego is expansive and frail.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 28, 2014

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A diverse display

Eight standouts at the "RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2014"
It’s impressive and a bit daunting when the national art education powerhouse opens its doors to reveal what it’s been up to.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2014

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The triumph of the will

The Wilbury Theatre Group gets to the heart and soul of 'Cabaret'
Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we barely survive fascist takeover. That wasn’t exactly the motto of 1931 Berlin, but it might as well have been.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 21, 2014

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Unblurring the lines

An unsettling 'Blackbird' at the Gamm
Tough to take, this subject. In David Harrower’s ' Blackbird ,' we follow the aftermath, 15 years later, of a man having had sex with a 12-year-old girl when he was 40.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 14, 2014

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Creativity turned inside out

Dean Snyder's sculptural reinventions at Cade Tompkins
There’s a sneaky, sinister intelligence behind the seductive gorgeousness of Dean Snyder’s recent sculptures of pitcher-plant-like blooms and alien pods and oozing swamps.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 14, 2014



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Love in the fast lane

'Becky's New Car' at 2nd Story
What’s your fantasy of a complete life makeover? In Tahiti under a palm tree? In Las Vegas sporting a diamond stickpin?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 14, 2014

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That new-time religion

'The Book of Mormon' at PPAC
Yes, The Book of Mormon ' is worth all the fuss it’s prompted.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2014

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At arm's length

Brown University's "250th Alumni Exhibition Park 2"
P hotographer Taryn Simon gets amazing access to places/
By: GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2014

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Searing social studies

Mixed Magic's 'God of Carnage'
If we want a civilized society, we have to study and practice civilized behavior. In other words, we’ve got to stop acting like goddamn savages.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2014

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Razzle-dazzle and bedazzled

McPherson's 'Hot Salad' and Wester's 'DISCOurse #1: Pinup'
One of the things that still gets me about how we tell the history of art of the past century or so in America is how New York-centric it remains.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 30, 2014


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