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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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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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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



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Acting up

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Searing social studies

Mixed Magic's 'God of Carnage'
If we want a civilized society, we have to study and practice civilized behavior. In other words, we’ve got to stop acting like goddamn savages.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2014

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Animal magnetism

2nd Story unleashes 'Sylvia'
Magical realism was never a more doggone hoot than in A.R. Gurney’s ' Sylvia. '
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2014

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Jailhouse romp

URI Theatre's 'Chicago' razzle dazzles
Come on, ’fess up. In your heart of hearts, you get a little tabloid thrill over a bang-bang jealous-lover news account.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2014

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Men at work

 Epic's magnificent 'Hurlyburly'
The Pulitzer Prize Board, which likes to honor theatrical gems of Americana, may have been remiss in not nominating David Rabe’s 1984 ' Hurlyburly .'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 16, 2014
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