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RI Shakespeare Theatre’s As You Like It

Shakespeare never wrote a better comedy than As You Like It .
Simply the best
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 08, 2012
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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

It’s good to be king

After being out of the local theater scene for a couple of decades, the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater (TRIST) is back, staging an outdoor production of Henry VIII at the Roger Williams National Memorial Park, on North Main Street in Providence, thro
TRIST takes Henry VIII outdoors
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2010
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A modest epic tale

What beautiful voices and music in this event. Steven Jobe’s Joan of Arc: An Opera In Three Acts is at once ambitious and quite modest, but vocally and musically it remains a pleasure throughout its three brief acts at the Blackstone River Theater in Cum
Steven Jobe’s haunting Joan of Arc
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 21, 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
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The human condition

Kevin Broccoli, the writer and directorial ringmaster, announced before the performance that we were going to see not a play, but rather an experiment.
Who’s to say what’s Crazy ?
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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Judgment day

Interesting premise. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot , by Stephen Adly Guirgis, suggests what could happen if Judas, the most despised of the New Testament villains, were put on trial in purgatory.
Taking stock of Judas Iscariot
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 22, 2009
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The Front Page

The Front Page 's timeless fun at 2nd Story
Breaking news: timeless fun at 2nd Story
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 28, 2009
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All at sea

The Ocean State is a character as colorful as any of the ragtag denizens of Side by Each.
Local color spices Side By Each at the Rhode Island Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 05, 2008
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Royal fun

As You Like It  accomplishes what every production of a Shakespeare comedy tries to do.
Colonial’s rousing As You Like It
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 22, 2008


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Learning curves

From Mr. Chips to Miss Jean Brodie, charismatic teachers have been the stuff of drama.
  SpeakEasy’s The History Boys; Trinity’s Paris by Night
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 06, 2008

A different angle

“That’s what I demand of my actors, that they come in with ideas and work,” Peckham insists. “I’m not interested in someone who stands there and says, ‘What do you want me to do?’"
Mark Peckham directs a ‘scary piece’
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2008
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O funny night

When not seen as a theological argument, the story of Christmas can be taken as a humanistic encouragement of peace on Earth and goodwill to humanity.
Away in a manger with 2nd Story
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2007
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Soul survivors

George Bernard Shaw was the cleverest essayist in the history of theater.
2nd Story does Shaw's preachy Major Barbara
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 03, 2007

Poll dancers

There has been so much controversy about Peter D. Hart Research Associates’ recent poll on the proposed West Warwick, Rhode Island casino proposal — a world-class hummer rigged by Harrah’s — that Phillipe & Jorge thought we should shed some light on
No wonder Harrah’s didn’t want to release the survey questions
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  February 09, 2006