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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
Fools in love
Taking place on the hot Louisiana Gulf Coast, Tennessee Williams's The Rose Tattoo is steamy in more than one way, as human passions boil off repressed emotions.
Tennessee Williams's 'The Rose Tattoo' at 2nd Story
| May 10, 2013
Sabrina charms at 2nd Story
With their usual flair, 2nd Story Theatre is staging Sabrina Fair , the 1953 light romance by Samuel A. Taylor that provided the template for the film adaptation titled Sabrina .
| August 17, 2012
2nd Story’s uproarious Sister act
Pity the poor nun. The hours are terrible, she's the butt of penguin jokes, and most people have gotten their impression of her from old movies.
| May 04, 2012
2nd Story’s riveting August: Osage County
Considering that the play begins and ends with depressing quotes by T.S. Eliot, Tracy Letts's August: Osage County is remarkably fun-filled.
Truth and consequences
| March 16, 2012
2nd Story’s Take Me Out
Ironic, isn't it? To your ordinary man in the street or workplace, masculinity usually isn't an issue. Yet macho scale rankings readily come up in professional sports, where prowess should be enough evidence of testosterone levels.
A dramatic grand slam
| January 27, 2012
2nd Story’s communicating Doors
Slammed-door farces are delightful opportunities to unhinge us with laughter.
Ticklish time travel
| October 07, 2011
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
| September 02, 2011
Review: 2nd Story's spirited Speech & Debate
Considering the dark core at the center of Speech & Debate — a sexual predator — it might seem incongruous that Steven Karam's celebrated play is hilarious. But at 2nd Story Theatre, that dark cloud doesn't inhibit the sunshine as three intrepid h
| July 15, 2011
Review: 2nd Story's uproarious The Good Doctor
Neil Simon may not be the most subtle of playwrights, too often tempted beyond endurance to go for the gag at the expense of motivation.
When Neil met Anton
| April 01, 2011
Review: 2nd Story's Beck Shaw is engaging
It's fascinating to watch what people put themselves through to insulate themselves from what they put themselves through through other people. Got that?
| February 04, 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
| December 24, 2010
Review: 2nd Story's spirited School For Wives
With increasing delight, we knew what was ahead for us when Tom Roberts, in whiteface and rosy cheeks, gave the 2nd Story Theatre audience their customary instructions in verse: "If at intermission you phone, text or tweet/ please turn it off when you
The mating game
| November 26, 2010
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
| October 15, 2010
Found in translation
The Foreigner , by Larry Shue, holds a special place in the muscle memory of my smiles and in my fond recollections of the early days of 2nd Story Theatre, which is staging it through September 5.
2nd Story's The Foreigner is delightful
| August 20, 2010
The Art of Greed
There’s nothing like a good swindle story, especially when you can trust that, in the end, the bad guys will be collared and the virtuous will be rewarded.
2nd Story's Late Christopher Bean
| July 16, 2010
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
| June 18, 2010
Hot and bothered
Shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater and you get one response. Shout “Die Hose!” (women’s undies) in a German theater back in 1911 and you got another kind of uproar.
2nd Story’s hilarious Underpants
| May 14, 2010
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
| April 02, 2010
Considering that Alan Ayckbourn may be the most staged living English playwright besides Shakespeare, as some accounts declare, why isn't he produced more often in American theaters?
2nd Story fulfills its Comic Potential
| February 05, 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
| December 25, 2009
I is another
Lothar Berfelde was born both a generation too late and a generation too early, growing up as he did in Berlin when the Nazis were coming to power in the '30s.
Ed Shea’s tour de force in 2nd Story’s Wife
| October 09, 2009
Mister Rogers is dead. Long live Elwood P. Dowd!
2nd Story's Harvey is simply delightful.
| August 21, 2009
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
| July 17, 2009
If A Streetcar Named Desire were a person, it wouldn't be able to sleep at night, tossing and turning in a fever sweat, aching for basic human connection.
2nd Story strips Streetcar of its angry soul
| May 08, 2009
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
| March 18, 2009
The Front Page
The Front Page 's timeless fun at 2nd Story
Breaking news: timeless fun at 2nd Story
| January 28, 2009
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
| November 26, 2008
The current 2nd Story Theatre production — with slit-eyed coaching from the playwright — manages to make the message as familiar as yesterday.
2nd Story’s hilarious Belle’s Stratagem
| August 13, 2008
The 2nd Story troupe roasts all of the chestnuts here in fine style, clichéd characters deliciously recognizable.
The pleasantly diverting Beaux’ Strategem
| July 09, 2008
The circle game
It’s a very funny reminder that laughter can make such absurdity almost worthwhile.
Befuddlement rules in Fuddy Meers
| May 20, 2008
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