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Trinity Rep’s superb King Lear

It's not a new thing, the complications of elder care.
A triumphant tragedy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 21, 2012
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More musings on death at Trinity Rep

Death can be easiest for the dead themselves, who don't have to deal with the emotional aftermath, after all.
Alone together
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 30, 2012
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Trinity’s moving mourners’ Bench

You die, you're dead and buried. But if you survive a loved one's death, or anticipate soon having to, you shamble about wounded.
Life after death
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 23, 2012
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Trinity Rep’s rip-roaring His Girl Friday

There are theatrical adaptations and then there are magnificent transformations, like His Girl Friday . Multiple-Obie Award-winning playwright John Guare has expanded the furious screwball comedy into a historical/social commentary without our losing o
The write stuff
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Poe vs. Poe in Trinity's Strange Tale

What's left to spook us these days? Crime shows display forensic detail that has inured us to blood.
I Is Another
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2011
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Review: Trinity Rep’s Crucible is potent

The Crucible is a profoundly moving story, especially when inhabited by the talents at Trinity Repertory Company. This is the third time the group has taken on Arthur Miller's masterwork of American theater, the last a quarter-century ago.
Hidden agendas
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2011


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Trinity Rep's uplifting It's A Wonderful Life

Who says you can't have it both ways? Trinity Repertory Company is presenting the sentimental movie classic It's a Wonderful Life as "A Live Radio Play" (through January 2) and they've managed to make it an absorbing — and theatrical — experience.
The road taken
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 17, 2010
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Trinity's rollicking Absurd Person Singular

Very strange. It's as though British playwright Alan Ayckbourn had come to Trinity Rep, studied its veteran acting company, laughed heartily at the amusing talent on display, then went home and wrote Absurd Person Singular for six of the actors.
All about Eves
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2010
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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
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Trivial pursuit

It's difficult to put on an awful performance of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest .
Trinity Rep's winning Earnest
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 24, 2009
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Behind closed doors

Ricky Gervais meets Dick Cheney in The Receptionist.
Trinity fires off The Receptionist
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 16, 2008


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Fightin' words

The trouble with Greek tragedies is that they tend to be Greek to us.  
Trinity Rep’s thoroughly modern Dreams of Antigone
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2008
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Cry me a river

It would seem that Sophocles has been hanging around for 2500 years waiting to be improved — and the makeover artists have been numerous.  
The Dreams of Antigone; In the Continuum; Show Boat
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 01, 2008
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Ghost story

Audiences just wanna have fun. Sometimes.
Trinity’s gleeful Blithe Spirit
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2008
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It's out of this world

Uys’s new show takes its title from two things that were illegal when the now-63-year-old gay white man was growing up in South Africa: democracy and sex.
The ART hosts Elections & Erections; Trinity does Blithe Spirit
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 08, 2008
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Power mad

Trinity Repertory Company is staging a version of Richard III that comes at us like a Sherman tank.
Trinity Rep’s timely Richard III
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008


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Stark contrasts

The 20th anniversary production of Trinity Repertory Company’s All the King’s Men is remarkable, not simply a skillful reprise but a re-envisioning.
Trinity Rep’s All the King’s Men is a masterpiece
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 25, 2007
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Surreally real life

Why is Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House a brutally funny comedy? Beats me.
Trinity Rep’s The Clean House is brutally funny
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 08, 2007
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A need for laughter

Have you ever laughed at a joke before the punch line?
Trinity walks the line in The Clean House
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 25, 2007
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The mind’s eye

Several Trinity Repertory Company actors sit before microphones in a WRNI studio.
Trinity gets dramatic on WRNI
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 03, 2007
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Perfect Balance

Harold Pinter once said that his plays were about “the weasel under the cocktail cabinet.”
Trinity polishes Albee’s Pulitzer winner
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 06, 2007


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Behind the masks

“Dramedy” has been describing successful American plays more and more frequently in recent decades.
Trinity Rep's splendid A Delicate Balance
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2007
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Full bloom

Anton Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard is about change, and so too is this debut production by Trinity Repertory Company’s new artistic director, Curt Columbus.
Trinity’s extraordinary Cherry Orchard
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2006
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Project adventure

It’s hard to say which is bigger, Cyrano de Bergerac’s nose or his thesaurus.
Cyrano at Trinity Rep, Heading for Eureka at Centastage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 02, 2006
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Snappy patter

The mythic attraction of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac , with all its fabulous excess, is so enduring because we’d like it to be true to life.
Trinity’s Cyrano gives us its words’ worth
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 23, 2006
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Animal farm

The word tragedy means “goat song” in ancient Greek, and indeed, the protagonist of Edward Albee’s The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? is making beautiful music with a mistress of the caprine persuasion.
The Goat at Lyric Stage of Boston, Indoor/Outdoor at Trinity Rep
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 02, 2006


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The love cats

Don’t come to Kenny Finkle’s Indoor/Outdoor with expectations too high and you’ll come out fine.
Trinity Rep gets frisky with Indoor/Outdoor
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 01, 2006
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Trinity gets catty

“Uh-oh,” the fear goes for those prone to such anxieties. “This isn’t paving the way for, uh, ‘Memories,’ is it?”
Despite Trinity Repertory Company’s penchant for musicals, Indoor/Outdoor is not something to soften us up for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 15, 2006