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Nervous and broke down

Epic's insightful 'The Other Place'
Playwrights, those clever rascals, have no compunction about how they get us to empathize with their characters.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2013


Lasting impressions

Festival Ballet's 'Up Close On Hope'
In the current “Up Close On Hope” series at Festival Ballet Providence, there are two stunning and emotion-drenched pieces that are an excellent example of what dance can do.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 06, 2013


Beauty and anxiety

Paul Myoda's "Glittering Machines" at Yellow Peril
Paul Myoda’s “Glittering Machines” resemble probe droids arriving from the future.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2013


The joy of suffering

'Sons of the Prophet' at 2nd Story
We live in an age too ironic to appreciate Khalil Gibran’s ' The Prophet ' but not too cynical to profit from it. That’s the premise of Stephen Karam’s ' Sons of the Prophet ,' which 2nd Story Theatre is presenting.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 06, 2013


An incredible journey

FirstWorks presents Cirque Éloize's dazzling 'Cirkopolis'
With renewed appreciation of circus performers in the ’70s (Big Apple Circus) and the elevation of circus skills to artistic performance (Cirque du Soleil), many incarnations of circuses and cirques have followed.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2013


Looking inward and outward

Andrea Lynn Santos's 'Asylum' at GRIN; Stephan Brigidi's 'The City' at Gallery Z
Andrea Lynn Santos’s art feels as if it’s tuning into some secret magic in the natural world.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2013


A murderous musical

Contemporary Theatre Company's trigger-happy 'Assassins'
What in the world prompts wingnuts to try to shoot a president? We might shrug and dismiss their motivations as generic craziness, but fortunately Assassins is interested in them as individuals.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2013


Power and paranoia

TRIST's 'Macbeth' is lean and mean
Good idea, boiling down Shakespeare’s Macbeth by a quarter to 90 minutes.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 23, 2013


Between two worlds

'Ghost The Musical' at PPAC
'Ghost The Musical' proceeds unabashed in its attempt to hijack our affection with brazen sentimentality, grinning over the top of its bandana and blowing at the smoke from its revolvers at PPAC.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 23, 2013


Scuzzy, cynical parables

Chris Kilduff's comics and works by Emily Coxe at AS220 Project Space
Chris Kilduff’s comics are scuzzy and barbed and vaguely disreputable the way punk comics are meant to be.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2013


From we the people to land of liberty

"Making It In America" at the RISD Museum
The question of what the United States means snakes through “Making It In America” at the RISD Museum.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2013


Lessons yet to be learned

Epic Theatre's 'The Normal Heart'
In the early 1980s, there was a man in New York City who all but shouted from the rooftops that there was an unacknowledged disease killing off his community.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2013


Vive la révolution!

Ocean State Theatre's Les Mis é rables
As melodramas go, the 1980s stage production of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables was and remains king (or weepy, sentimental queen).
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2013


A sense of place

Nitkiewicz and Moses's "Dry Socket"; and works by Andrew Jacob
“Dry Socket,” Alison Nitkiewicz and Julia Moses’s installation at 186 Carpenter Street, feels like a futuristic goth cathedral erected in some sci-fi flick like, say, 'Blade Runner.'
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2013


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


Of love and loss

Jhumpa Lahiri's captivating new novel, The Lowland, is a compelling saga set in Rhode Island and Calcutta
Reading The Lowland is like listening to a lush and intense piece of classical music.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 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


Beds and flowers and metaphysics

Works by Leah Poller, Leslie Bostrom, and Steven Pestana
Some years back, New York artist Leah Poller was injured when a bronze sculpture she was working on fell on her. It left her temporarily bedridden, and got her thinking about what beds mean in our lives.
By: GREG COOK  |  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


A visionary streak

RIC's 'Annual Faculty Exhibition'; Donnamaria Bruton at Cade Tompkins
The “Annual Faculty Exhibition” at Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery exemplifies the visionary streak apparent in an intriguing show.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 26, 2013

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