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Courthouse Center for the Arts’ Dracula

We will always have horror films, as long as people will squeal and cling to the arms of their dates.
There will be blood
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 26, 2012
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Titanic at the Courthouse Center for the Arts

If the anguished story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic didn't exist, we would have had to invent it.
That sinking feeling
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 06, 2012
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Courthouse dusts off Nunsense

Nuns, the ones dressed to look like they belong to some Antarctic bird-worshiping cult, are still considered cute.
Old habits
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 18, 2012
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Joseph and the Dreamcoat at the Courthouse

Bible stories can be interesting whether you hear them at church or elsewhere.
Redemption songs
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 06, 2012
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Courthouse’s Avenue Q is a monstrous delight

Think twice before you tell anybody to get real. You might create a monster. Or, in the case of Avenue Q , the Sesame Street -on-LSD Broadway musical, a monster hit since 2003.
Oh the places you’ll go!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 24, 2012
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Review: Happy Days at the Courthouse Center

Every period has a Golden Age, whether it's Greeks looking back upon the justice goddess Astraea or Americans looking back upon the glories of rock 'n' roll.
Yesterday once more
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 08, 2011


Review: Mirth and murder in Clue: The Musical

The board game Clue has been entertaining families since the end of World War II, when people were especially eager for distractions.
Games people play
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 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: Center Stage's charming Cinderella

Shiny and sparkly as it is, the fairy tale Cinderella will always be appealing. Most would say that's because our little girls and boys need hope in a discouraging world; others might suggest that the cruel world needs help teaching girls and boys pas
Once upon a time
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2010

Children of Eden's entertaining Bible stories

The team behind Children of Eden have plenty of creative cred; that's one thing in its favor. And then there's the backhanded compliment that the show isn't likely to turn you into a whooping, fundamentalist Bible-thumper.
Family feuds
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2010
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Rave on

Although Don McLean sang of the abrupt death of Charles Hardin Holley as "the day the music died," it's more accurate to describe his soaring career as the days the music began.
Center Stage's hook-filled Buddy Holly Story
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 13, 2010


Anything but a drag

Center Stage’s delightfully flamboyant — and unsentimentally moving — production of La Cage Aux Folles is shaking the rafters at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston (through July 25).
Center Stage's delightful La Cage aux Folles
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2010
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Ain't that America?

Armadillo Acres in the Florida of The Great American Trailer Park Musical may not be a place you want to live, what with the thin walls and occasional gunfire, but it could be a fun place to visit. The Center Stage production in West Kingston is givi
Good ol’ boys and girls in Trailer Park Musical
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2010
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Still Wonderful

It's a risky gamble, creating a stage version of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life .
Center Stage interprets Capra’s Life
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2009

Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009

A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 18, 2009

Face off

If you were an ordinary Catholic boy in parochial school, giving nuns as hard a time as you were getting, you probably ended up with the usual stories of ruler-rapped knuckles. If you grew up to be talented playwright John Patrick Shanley, you ended up w
Doubt explores the quicksand of certainty
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2009


Trucking along with the Mobile Art Project

When the Hera Gallery left its customary perch on Main Street in Wakefield last fall for a time, artist and curator Viera Levitt started thinking of ways to bring art back to the heart of South County. She struck upon the idea of the Mobile Art Project a
Street Art
By GREG COOK  |  August 14, 2009
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Southern Exposure

Since Fusionworks Dance Company has maintained a studio in East Greenwich for almost five years, artistic director Deb Meunier decided it was time to bring dance to South County.
Fusionworks gets 'Unwrapped'
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 31, 2009

Muddled musical

We sure do love our stage rascals.
A mostly rotten Scoundrels
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 24, 2009
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Loud and clear

Things certainly changed dramatically at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston when Russ Maitland signed on last December as executive director.
Center Stage Productions is branching out in South County
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2008

The joy of excess

When Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show came to the British stage in 1973 and the infamous picture show followed two years later, there was proof that more is more.
The time-warping camp of The Rocky Horror Show
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2008


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Bigger! Better!!

This year the festival will host 58 world premieres and 41 North American premieres.
The 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008

Clothes call

The musical version of The Full Monty comes across as bawdy and hilarious as intended in this version by Center Stage Productions.
A fully entertaining Monty
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008
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The Fab Three?

The Complaints have been one of Providence’s true stalwart bands, and one of the city’s most underappreciated acts.
The Complaints’ new disc; plus, the Neutral Nation film
By BOB GULLA  |  June 17, 2008
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Corleone turns 10

Ten years of doing anything these days has to be considered an unmitigated success.
Celebrating a decade of underground excavation
By BOB GULLA  |  October 17, 2007
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Soaring spirit

For travelers along Route 138 in South Kingstown, the monumental public art of Andean artist Peruko Ccopacatty has been visible for the past 20 years.
Peruko Ccopacatty’s fresh perspective
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2007


Cinemania

It may be in Little Rhody, but the 11th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival is the biggest film festival in New England.
The 11th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2007
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Brass tacts

In case you’ve missed it, it’s all the rage.
What Cheer? Brigade makes its point loud and clear
By BOB GULLA  |  May 08, 2007
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Making a connection

He has a fan club and an MBA, which might not make all that much sense.
Phil Ayoub follows his Heart
By BOB GULLA  |  March 07, 2007
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Two’s company

When Lightning Bolt debuted oh-so-many years ago, it’s pretty likely they had no idea what kind of zany spell they’d cast over the city’s music scene.
Dynamic duos: Lightening Bolt, the Body, and more
By BOB GULLA  |  February 27, 2007