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Fools in love

Taking place on the hot Louisiana Gulf Coast, Tennessee Williams's The Rose Tattoo is steamy in more than one way, as human passions boil off repressed emotions.
Tennessee Williams's 'The Rose Tattoo' at 2nd Story
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 10, 2013
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2nd Story’s affecting Lost In Yonkers

Write about what you know is one of the first admonitions given to rookie writers, and few have heeded it better than Neil Simon.
Not-so-simple Simon
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 30, 2012
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Unusual soulmates in 2nd Story’s The Goat

Edward Albee has always managed to drill deeply into the human heart and not stop until he gets a gusher, never more so than in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
Animal attraction
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 05, 2012
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Sabrina charms at 2nd Story

With their usual flair, 2nd Story Theatre is staging Sabrina Fair , the 1953 light romance by Samuel A. Taylor that provided the template for the film adaptation titled Sabrina .
Sophisticated lady
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 17, 2012
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Moody mind games in 2nd Story’s Rebecca

The indoor equivalent to summertime beach reading is the stage melodrama.
Dark shadows
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 13, 2012
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2nd Story’s’ masterful A Few Good Men

Wow. A Few Good Men may take place in a courtroom rather than on a battlefield, but you wouldn't know that from the psychological carnage explosively inflicted.
Military precision
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 08, 2012


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2nd Story’s uproarious Sister act

Pity the poor nun. The hours are terrible, she's the butt of penguin jokes, and most people have gotten their impression of her from old movies.
Divine comedy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 04, 2012
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2nd Story’s riveting August: Osage County

Considering that the play begins and ends with depressing quotes by T.S. Eliot, Tracy Letts's August: Osage County is remarkably fun-filled.
Truth and consequences
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 16, 2012
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2nd Story’s Take Me Out

Ironic, isn't it? To your ordinary man in the street or workplace, masculinity usually isn't an issue. Yet macho scale rankings readily come up in professional sports, where prowess should be enough evidence of testosterone levels.
A dramatic grand slam
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 27, 2012
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A decidedly dramatic year (with a bit of comic relief)

This has been a good year for theater around here, from the reprise of a "Were you there when . . .?" rendition of a Shakespeare classic to a sprinkling of notable original productions.
Seriously!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 23, 2011
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2nd Story serves a pair of frisky farces

How generous. With its latest production, 2nd Story Theatre is giving us a hilarious double feature.
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 02, 2011


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2nd Story’s inspiring Little Women

Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is so beloved a morsel of American literary optimism that it would be hard to do badly with an adaptation of the 1868 novel. And there have been numerous ones, from films to an opera and a musical.
Timeless acts of kindness
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 25, 2011
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2nd Story’s communicating Doors

Slammed-door farces are delightful opportunities to unhinge us with laughter.
Ticklish time travel
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 07, 2011
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Crist shines in 2nd Story’s Master Class

Self-centeredness, tunnel vision, career obsession — these are not traits that endear us to a person. Yet without them, as Terrence McNally's absorbing Master Class makes clear, Maria Callas would not have attained her ranking as a renowned opera diva
All the right notes
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: 2nd Story's spirited Speech & Debate

Considering the dark core at the center of Speech & Debate — a sexual predator — it might seem incongruous that Steven Karam's celebrated play is hilarious. But at 2nd Story Theatre, that dark cloud doesn't inhibit the sunshine as three intrepid h
Class action
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: 2nd Story's hilarious Vibrator Play

Women certainly had plenty to be hysterical about toward the end of the 19th century, a time when Thomas Edison's technological advances were shining on the culture.
Mastering hysteria
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 13, 2011


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Review: 2nd Story's uproarious The Good Doctor

Neil Simon may not be the most subtle of playwrights, too often tempted beyond endurance to go for the gag at the expense of motivation.
When Neil met Anton
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2011
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Review: 2nd Story's Beck Shaw is engaging

It's fascinating to watch what people put themselves through to insulate themselves from what they put themselves through through other people. Got that?
Emotional evolution
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 04, 2011
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Winter theatre preview: From the Bard to Becky Shaw

From the latest Pulitzer winner for drama to a musical adaptation of a popular board game, and from the Bard to Becky Shaw, Rhode Island theaters are certainly starting 2011 with varied offerings.
Gionfriddo, Synge, Ibsen, and more
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 31, 2010
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Review: 2nd Story's spirited School For Wives

With increasing delight, we knew what was ahead for us when Tom Roberts, in whiteface and rosy cheeks, gave the 2nd Story Theatre audience their customary instructions in verse: "If at intermission you phone, text or tweet/ please turn it off when you
The mating game
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2010
The School For Wives at 2nd Story Theatre

The School For Wives at 2nd Story Theatre


If you don't want someone messing with your baby, you've got to treat your baby right, tell your baby about your needs. A certain edifi-ca-tion...
By webteam  |  November 22, 2010


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Review: 2nd Story's darkly funny Kimberly Akimbo

Ironic, isn't it, how in the theater less can be so much more? Digital derring-do may have turned Brad Pitt into an aging Benjamin Button on film, but that's lazy trickery next to what's accomplished in David Lindsay-Adaire's Kimberly Akimbo , now ons
Quickly aging here
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 15, 2010
Kimberly Akimbo at 2nd Story Theatre

Kimberly Akimbo at 2nd Story Theatre


A young girl is afflicted with a disease that makes her age four-and-a-half times faster than normal folks. So when she turns 16, she just...
By webteam  |  September 21, 2010
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Fall Theater Preview: Musicals and more

If we've come to know anything about 2nd Story Theatre, it's that we shouldn't presume to know what plays to expect.
Belting it out and acting up
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2010
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Found in translation

The Foreigner , by Larry Shue, holds a special place in the muscle memory of my smiles and in my fond recollections of the early days of 2nd Story Theatre, which is staging it through September 5.
2nd Story's The Foreigner is delightful
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 20, 2010
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The Foreigner with 2nd Story Theatre


2nd Story Theatre has a way with comedies, no doubt. And the chuckles that are written into The Foreigner would seem to be just their...
By webteam  |  August 17, 2010


Sidney Howard's "The Late Christopher Bean" at the 2nd Story Theatre

Sidney Howard's "The Late Christopher Bean" at the 2nd Story Theatre


The old country mouse/city mouse dynamic remains rich with possibilities; the way folks act in each environment couldn't be more different. Playwright Sidney Howard knows...
By webteam  |  June 29, 2010
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Pure Poetry

Between the deep-rooted American penchant for individualism and the suffragette and feminist movements, poet Emily Dickinson was bound to enter the literary canon.
The Belle of Amherst is a moving experience
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2010
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Hot and bothered

Shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater and you get one response. Shout “Die Hose!” (women’s undies) in a German theater back in 1911 and you got another kind of uproar.
2nd Story’s hilarious Underpants
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 14, 2010
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The con goes on

David Mamet has always had a professional fascination with confidence men who pretend to be businessmen.
2nd Story’s The Voysey Inheritance
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2010