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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



A new restaurant, an old master
In the Rhode Island tradition of giving directions like “it’s where the coffee milk factory used to be,” Simone’s is located where Not Your Average Bar & Grille and the ice cream shop Supreme Dairy used to be.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2014


Fall Arts Preview | Theater: Stories aching to be told

Swift on 'Grounded,' and a sneak peek at the season
From 'Eleemosynary' to 'Hype Hero.'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 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


Dante's Kitchen

Put some South in your mouth
Southern cookery is unfairly denigrated, commonly, merely out of snooty Yankee disdain.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 03, 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



Just the basics, thank you
Sometimes in this world of culinary over-achievement, of luaus and foie gras and molecular gastronomy, sometimes we simply want to chomp into a nice, juicy hamburger or hot dog.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 20, 2014


TwoTenOyster Bar & Grill

A raw bar with a view
One of the appealing features of living in a place called the Ocean State is that there are plenty of water-view restaurants.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 23, 2014


Bee's Thai Cuisine

Too many tasty choices for one visit
On the radar of Providence foodies, the ding of Bee’s Thai Cuisine has grown increasingly louder and brighter.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 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
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