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Murderous fun

Brown Theatre's 'Sweeney Todd'
We theater lovers must really be sick puppies.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 01, 2014


Reasons to believe (or not)

The Wilbury Group's 'This Beautiful City'
To non-believers, the evangelical movement can look like a loud, friendly party whose invitation we’ve politely declined, but whose windows sooner or later we can’t help peeking into.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 24, 2014


Myths and dreams

OUT LOUD's imaginative 'Metamorphoses'
This play stringings together bedtime stories and fevered hallucinations.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 24, 2014


Gender benders

Epic's 'Compleat Female Stage Beauty'
Gender confusion has probably been around for as long as gender conflicts.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2014


The war within

The Gamm's 'Grounded' is astonishing
A compelling combination of intelligent text and thoroughly inhabited performance.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2014


A most miserable man

Trinity's 'Ivanov' is a dour "comedy"
There is a good reason that Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov isn’t staged often.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2014


A royal romp

'Monty Python's Spamalot' at Theater By the Sea
It was inevitable that the country that brought us staid Queen Victoria and stiff upper lips was bound to eventually loosen up and bring us Monty Python.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 27, 2014


Critical mass

Dissecting 'Art' at the Contemporary Theater Company
A discussion by three friends about the merits of a white-on-white painting results in a one-act brouhaha that transcends rarefied aesthetics and quickly descends to the human scale.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 20, 2014


The final countdown

2nd Story's 'And Then There Were None'
Strap in for a fast-paced adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic mystery.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2014


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


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


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

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


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


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


Acting up

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


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


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


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


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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