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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


Clones and conflict

The future is now at the Gamm
There are some people you wouldn’t trust with the power to predict the future. British playwright Caryl Churchill is probably one, judging from the two one-act plays the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre is opening its season with.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2013


Emotional rescue

2nd Story brings 'Lobby Hero' to life
He’s in the metaphorical entryway of life, stuck and dissatisfied, going nowhere. That’s the title character of the ironically named Lobby Hero , by Kenneth Lonergan, which is getting a terrific production at 2nd Story Theatre.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2013


Pop life

Sam Merritt at Machines with Magnets; Rebecca Adams at AS220
Fandom is the spark for Sam Merritt’s ebullient show “What Fills Our Time” at Machines With Magnets. She seems to be mulling how we find ourselves, define ourselves, and dream up ourselves based on inspirations from celebrities.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2013


Fall Arts Preview: Vivid visions

Warhol's 'Screen Tests'; plus, graffiti owls and creepy machines
“What I liked was chunks of time all together, every real moment,” Andy Warhol wrote of his 'Screen Tests.'
By: GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2013


Fall Arts Preview: Making a connection

Aerplaye's debut; plus, a wide range of evocative moves
Some say it’s the convergence of an Ivy League and a design school; some say it’s the cross-fertilization of students, faculty, and community members. Whatever the source, Rhode Island has long held the distinction of being the state with the highest number of artists per capita.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 16, 2013


Fall Arts Preview: A new chapter in Warren

2nd Story expands; plus, a full slate of dramatic expression
As successful theaters go, 2nd Story Theatre in Warren is especially thriving.
By:  |  September 11, 2013


Westward ho!

Trinity's gripping 'Grapes of Wrath'
Rarely does history come alive in literature as vividly as John Steinbeck accomplished in The Grapes of Wrath , his 1939 Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning masterpiece about the Okie migration during the Great Depression.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 11, 2013


A master, remembered

'Thomas Sgouros: Drawn to Paint,' at Woods-Gerry
In the early 1990s, Thomas Sgouros began to lose his sight. He had been an illustrator and a painter of fine art landscapes and still lifes. Macular degeneration would be the end of many artists’ work, but as the center of his vision failed and he was left with just snatches of peripheral vision, he launched on a new series of paintings in 1992.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2013


Hero worship

A transfixing 'Evita' at PPAC
The musical Evita works hard to convince us that the rags-to-riches wife of Argentina president Juan Perón was a hero indeed.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 11, 2013


Ocean statement

'Locally Sourced' keeps it light at Craftland
How do we define local art? It seems like a simple question, but immediately you start asking: Must it be made here? By artists who live here? Do you include art made by folks who live in, say, New York but teach at RISD? Or art made by people who grew up here? Or once lived here?
By: GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2013


More is less

RISD's 'Locally Made' only scratches the surface
If the RISD Museum’s “Locally Made” is a warm-up for a more significant engagement with art made around these parts, then I’m okay with it.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 28, 2013


Split personalities

Contemporary's 'Bob' is wildly entertaining
If Walt Whitman had been born in our mad, self-centered era, he would be the title character in Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s 'Bob,' the frenetically comical play getting a breathless run by Contemporary Theater Company.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2013


Captivating concepts

Provocative new work at Grin and Yellow Peril
Getting immersed in a sense of ritual and the physical drama of elemental forces in tension.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 21, 2013


Fantasy and reality

Mary Jane Begin's ponies and McDonald Wright's jazz
'My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea' is the story Mary Jane Begin was born to illustrate.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 14, 2013


Who's wooing who?

Colonial's brisk 'Taming of the Shrew'
For a churlishly misogynistic romp, Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is quite an entertaining excursion into the mindset of Elizabethans. Well, half of them, anyway.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 14, 2013


Family misfortune

Epic's 'Dividing the Estate' goes South
All unhappy families may be unhappy in their own ways, but in the family-oriented South they also are likely to be entertaining.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 14, 2013


Our fair ladies

'The American Muse' at the National Museum of American Illustration
The “Gibson Girls” — with wan expressions across their chiseled profiles, with their wavy hair piled atop their heads, with their fresh sporty attire and wasp waists — became icons of the Gilded Age bookending the start of the 20th century.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 31, 2013


Happy, happier, happiest

Brown/Trinity Playwright Rep's summer trilogy
In this year’s Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre summer series, we get to learn vicariously from the experiences of a narcissistic young woman, a shy hunchback, and a Chicago family in turmoil.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2013


A sensational sampler

'NetWorks 2011/2012' at the Newport Art Museum
The exhibit is a primary record of the cream of Rhode Island artists of our era.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 24, 2013


Such good friends

Island Moving Co.'s annual dance festival
For a small non-profit dance company, collaboration with other dance organizations can take many forms, such as sharing dancers, choreographers, or venues. Newport’s Island Moving Co. has gone one step farther by inviting whole companies to their annual Great Friends Dance Festival.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 24, 2013

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