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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


Hero as villain?

Mixed Magic's 'Much Ado About Nothing'
There is much to make much ado about in Much Ado About Nothing , a deserved favorite among Shakespeare’s comedies.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 24, 2013


Homicidal hilarity

2nd Story's 'The Murder Room' is wicked fun
Jack Sharkey's 'The Murder Room,' the spoof being mordantly staged by 2nd Story Theatre, might very well up the homicide stats around here for the summer. They make the practice look like such wicked fun.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 17, 2013


The end? Or the beginning?

Epic's 'This Might Not Be It'
The end of the world is coming. The comet is scheduled to hit at 2 am during a record summer heat spell, as if we weren’t already cranky enough.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2013


Beyond skin deep

Raquel Paiewonsky at Yellow Peril; Kelli Rae Adams at the Granoff Center
The giant fabric breasts clustered on the floor are the first thing you notice when you visit Raquel Paiewonsky’s great show, “im propia,” at Yellow Peril Gallery.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 09, 2013


Summer sleuthing

2nd Story's breezy 'Mousetrap'
What would we do without whodunits?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2013


How about them apples?

Xander Marro's utopian vision at Craftland
Glittery, smiling, papier-mâché apples walking in high-heeled, lace-up boots greet you at the start of Xander Marro’s exhibit, “Foot Apple Parade,” at Craftland.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 26, 2013


Caught in his orbit

Stuart Wilson's 'It's a Spaceship Now'
The one-man show is an hour of whimsy and DIY laid-back lifestyle instruction.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 25, 2013


The simple pleasures

The ageless charm of Big Apple Circus
This year’s incarnation of the Big Apple Circus is titled “Legendarium.” It focuses on the history of the circus, threading facts and fancies through ringmaster John Kennedy Kane’s narration and projecting them onto the colorful background banners.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 25, 2013


Calming and exciting

Bartlett Wright catches the wave; Washington's gothic romance
“This is the largest height outdoor mural that I’ve painted, and I’ve been painting murals for 25 years." Amy Bartlett Wright i s talking about the four-story-tall crashing waves she’s painting on the wall above Coastway Community Bank’s parking lot at 180 Washington St. in Providence.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2013


The play's not the thing

Epic's meandering trip to 'Fire Island'
Historian Charles L. Mee is also a playwright with a lengthy list of works to his credit, but he could more accurately be called an anti-playwright. Having declared that “there is no such thing as an original play,” he has proceeded, typically, to assemble and reconstruct theater pieces from found texts.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2013

One day at a time

Mixed Magic's 'The House In Providence'
As someone says toward the end of this intriguing social-study kitchen-sink drama, it’s easy to get along with people you don’t deal with every day, who don’t know you inside out and can make you feel terrible with just a look.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2013


Upstairs, downstairs

Trinity Rep's 'House & Garden' doubles your pleasure
What a clever idea. Use the same cast and adjacent sets, and develop characters and their stories into two plays that stand alone but also offer the bonus of familiarity to audience members who see them both.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 12, 2013


The buzz of creativity

 RHD-RI's 'Artless'; Gilheeney and Hastings at Candita Clayton
Joe Pastore is a “Juggalo,” according to his brief artist biography for the exhibit “Artless: Rhode Island Outsider Art with RHD-RI” 186 Carpenter St. Gallery in Providence. His bio supports this by including a photo of him in a hoodie professing his allegiance to the horror-hip-hop rap duo Insane Clown Posse.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2013


Unsettling slices of life

 Anne Pasquale gets under 'BOB''s skin
' BOB: Blessed Be the Dysfunction That Binds ' is about Anne Pasquale’s experiences growing up with a “special needs person” with schizophrenic tendencies, a balancing act of love and trepidation. Bob, you see, could be violent.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2013


Buildings people love to hate

 Viera Levitt looks at Brutalism
 Viera Levitt looks at Brutalism
By: GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2013


And justice for all?

 2nd Story and Mixed Magic's 'The Exonerated'
Don't ever get arrested for a serious crime. That's one of the infuriating lessons learned from ' The Exonerated ,' a drama of justice delayed written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2013


A few flights of fancy

 'New Mythologies II' at Candita Clayton; 'Peaked' at Craftland
The ladies have it under control in Xander Marro's puppet dioramas exhibited in the group show "New Mythologies II" at Candita Clayton Gallery.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 29, 2013


Swimming with sharks

The Wilbury Group's 'Threepenny Opera'
Despite its scathing critique of the excesses of capitalism, The Threepenny Opera has fascinated even investment bankers since its creation in 1928. Perhaps especially investment bankers, seeing that it centers around a dark "hero" with the morals of an alley cat and the luck of one with nine lives.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 29, 2013


No method to this madness

Epic's 'Alice in Wonderland'
Clever idea, setting Lewis Carroll's surreal Alice books in an insane asylum. But like many simple creative notions that are roiling with complexity under the surface, it can be woefully difficult to pull off.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 29, 2013


A really big show!

 The 'RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2013'
This showcase of tomorrow's-art-stars-today is both invigorating and overwhelming, with work by 194 students.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2013

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