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Review: The Gamm's Torture is front-loaded

Black humor sure is better than no humor at all. What do you do with the disproved defenses of torture besides get angry?
Rights and wrongs
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 13, 2011

Review: The Gamm's Paul examines the power of faith

Looking at Christianity objectively, historically, can appear to be critical, since religion is a matter of faith.
True believer
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2011

Review: Elemental's hit-and-miss 'Go.Go Plays'

Elemental Theatre Collective's "Go.Go Plays" have been an imaginative grab bag of one-acts since 2007, and the fifth annual event is no exception.
Finding the funny
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 11, 2011

Theatre that ran the emotional gamut in 2010

We laugh, we cry, we stifle annoyance and look at our watches. Theater performances vary widely in what they attempt and how well they accomplish it.
The human condition
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 24, 2010

Twisted sister

Wow. An explosive performance could be anticipated, since Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of an anguished life transformation.
Perishable’s knockout Hedwig and the Angry Inch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2010

Cabin Fever

Sometimes a solitary cabin in the woods is just a solitary cabin in the woods, Freud might have said, but sometimes it's epitomizing psychological isolation and yearning for human connection.
Elemental’s ‘the father, the son and the holy go.go’
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2010


Hearts and souls (and laughs too)

It's been a good year for theater around here — an ingeniously roasted dramatic chestnut here, a new and safely landed flight of fancy there. Below are 10 productions that particularly stood out.
The 10 best theater productions of 2009
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 25, 2009

Music and revenge

As a play, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus has more than its share of theatrical muscle.
 Elemental Theatre’s masterful Amadeus
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2009

Currency Events

Meg Miroshnik's new play, Bad Money , at Perishable Theatre (through March 8), couldn't be more timely to the current economic situation.
The Precient Bad Money   at Perishable
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 04, 2009

Review: deca*go*go

If you're enjoying Elemental Theatre's wild and whimsical deca*go*go at Perishable Theatre (through March 1), you're not likely to be reminded of Elizabethan sonnets, but think about it.
S tream of surrealism
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 28, 2009

Living histories

Political intrigue, parallels to today’s electoral brouhaha, and reminders of historical warnings, all presented in dignified but unpretentious blank verse cadences.
The Gamm stages a remarkably timely Don Carlos
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008


Word power

The Etymology of Bird is not about jazz legend Charlie Parker, but it certainly does soar and transport us.
PBRC’s Etymology of Bird soars
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2008

Lowbrow fun

Outdoor summer performances have so much going against them.
Elemental Theatre’s wacky King Stag
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 06, 2007

Five dimensions

Entertainment has gotten a lot more creative since Mickey Rooney chirped to Judy Garland: “Hey! Let’s put on a show!”
Elemental’s captivating pent•a•go•go
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 10, 2007


Oh, what a jaded bunch of seat-warmers we can become, those of us who see a lot of theater — good theater, that is. But now and then we encounter a production or a performance that reminds us of what we knew all along.
A year in Providence theater
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 20, 2006

Triple treat

After a hiatus last year, when the artistic directorship was in flux, the future of the International Women’s Playwriting Festival at Perishable Theatre was in doubt for a while.
Perishable Theatre’s Women’s Playwriting Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 31, 2006


Apocalypse how?

What are you complaining about? It’s not the end of the world.
Easing into The End of the World
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 25, 2006