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'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


Forever young

'Peter and the Starcatcher' at PPAC
Most of us have probably never thought much about where Peter Pan came from.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 26, 2014


Maximal minimalism

Jane Masters and Jacqueline Ott's 'Fractured/Captured' at the Chazan Gallery
Can art be too perfect? That’s one of the questions I found myself pondering at “Fractured/Captured,” an exhibit by local artists Jane Masters and Jacqueline Ott.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 19, 2014


Comedy central

Ocean State Theatre's 'Laughter On the 23rd Floor'
How could Neil Simon’s ' Laughter On the 23rd Floor ' lose, with its set-up of seven comedy writers whipping up yuks for an already entertaining boss?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 13, 2014


What's in a name?

Agata Michalowska and Andrew Oesch seek order in a chaotic world
Underlying “The Primers For the Naming and Un-Naming of Things,” Agata Michalowska and Andrew Oesch’s installation at AS220’s Project Space, are questions about words.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2014


The fabric of life

Trinity Rep's 'Intimate Apparel'
' Intimate Apparel ,' by Lynn Nottage, concludes with a projected photograph of an anonymous black seamstress in 1905, and the staging by Trinity Repertory Company can be thought of as imagining her life.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2014


Aiming for transcendence

Erik Ruin creates 'Another World' at Machines With Magnets
Erik Ruin describes his print work "as existing in some kind of oscillation between my apocalyptic anxieties and my utopian yearnings."
By: GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2014


A mirthful melodrama

2nd Story's hectic 'Seven Keys to Baldpate'
Damn you, George M. Cohan!
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2014


The evangelist of tap

Savion Glover's engaging new "STePz"
“Tap dance has been around since air,” Glover says, “and I want to bring more awareness and seriousness to the art form."
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2014


An eternal song

The Wilbury's poetic "An Iliad"
Like knowing we are going to die, knowing that there are going to be wars is something we can grow inured to.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2014


Damaged goods

"Arlene Shechet: Meissen Recast" at the RISD Museum
I guess I should be just fine with “Meissen Recast,” Arlene Shechet’s exhibition at the RISD Museum.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2014


A family feast

The Gamm offers a satisfying 'Big Meal'
Zipping along at the speed of changing relationships, ' The Big Meal ,' by Dan LeFranc, is being given an energetic and fascinating production at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2014


Wows and flutters

'Group Show' at the Chazan Gallery
“Group Show,” as its generic name implies, is a kind of random sampler of new work by six artists.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 22, 2014


Happily ever after

'The Lyons' go for the throat at 2nd Story
As dysfunctional families go, you could imagine worse than the antic gaggle in Nicky Silver’s darkly hilarious ' The Lyons .'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2014



'Swell' contains a bounty of riches at GRIN
“Swell,” the new group exhibition at GRIN (60 Valley St, Providence, through March 1) is a sort of choose-your-own-adventure.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 15, 2014


Delightful and uncanny

'The Fantasy Worlds of Doug Nichols' at AS220 Project Space
It’s a great show, a masterpiece.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 08, 2014


'Wicked' good

A spellbinding witches' tale at PPAC
It’s not easy being green, but it’s no walk in the park being mean either. Those are the lessons of the wildly popular musical ' Wicked ,' at the Providence Performing Arts Center.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 31, 2013


Get under the covers

Pages worth turning
With the holiday gatherings and seasonal whirl in the rear-view mirror, you’ll have plenty of time to dive into some of the best books that hit the shelves in 2013.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 31, 2013

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