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2nd Story’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Ken Kesey's 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was such a dramatic indictment of the culture of the time that it was made into a play the very next year, adapted by Dale Wasserman.
Square peg, round hole
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 22, 2013

SALT showcases Lindsay-Abaire and Broccoli

Intending to enhance the flavor of local theater, SALT (Stage Actors Live Theater) is presenting its second production at Artists' Exchange in Cranston through January 29.
Small pleasures
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 27, 2012
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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
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Doing the right thing

There are plenty of stories that harken back to a Golden Age, but Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird was different.
2nd Story’s inspiring To Kill a Mockingbird
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2009
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Laugh to keep from crying

Rarely did a play arrive with better timing than You Can't Take It With You , the joyfully optimistic paean to the American spirit that earned its Pulitzer in 1936, when the country was licking the wounds of collective Depression.
Timeless optimism in You Can't Take It With You
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 17, 2009
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Home unsweet home

European existentialist philosophers grandly designated fear and trembling — and subsets — as the default state of the human condition.
2nd Story's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 18, 2009


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Triumph of the will

It's easy enough— unavoidable, actually — to admire and be amazed by the accomplishments of Helen Keller, but it took the account by playwright William Gibson for the remarkable work of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, to be so widely appreciated.
2nd Story's stirring Miracle Worker
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2008
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The circle game

It’s a very funny reminder that laughter can make such absurdity almost worthwhile.
Befuddlement rules in Fuddy Meers
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2008
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Slices of strife

Once more, with feeling.
2nd Story’s Short Attention 2 is a winner  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 02, 2006