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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

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

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

Review: Trinity's Steel Magnolias is fun and poignant

The first thing you need to know is that over the course of watching Steel Magnolias , which is getting a no-laffs-barred production by Trinity Repertory Company (through May 15), all my testosterone drained out and pooled at my feet.
Both sides now
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 29, 2011

Review: Trinity Rep's magical Camelot

Camelot is a hard musical not to like, even for those who don’t like to like musicals.
An enchanted evening
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 24, 2010

Ballad of a Dead Man

It all starts harmlessly enough. A woman in a nearly empty café, annoyed by a ringing phone ignored by its owner, picks it up and answers. She might as well have flipped open Pandora's Nokia.
Trinity Rep’s Cell Phone fills in the blanks
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2010


Communication breakdown

As soon as the interview gets going, her cell phone buzzes.
Trinity Rep answers the Dead Man’s Cell Phone
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 19, 2010

Christmas present

Christmases come and Christmases go, as psychedelic wrapping paper gives way to orderly Republican stripes, as sweet little Jimmy grows into gruff Uncle James.
Trinity Rep’s Carol delivers the gift of joy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2009

Play by Play, May 8, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z 
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 08, 2009

Play by Play: May 1, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2009

Play by Play: April 24, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 24, 2009


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

Play by play: April 17, 2009

Theater around town
 Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 17, 2009

Play by Play: April 10, 2009

Plays around town
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2009

Old horse, new saddle

But what about this matter of throwing a saddle on an old warhorse again? Well, the rider this time around thinks that the play is still as frisky as a colt. She hasn't directed this before, but she has seen it five or six times.
Trinity Rep finds importance in Earnest
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 10, 2009

Behind closed doors

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


Just another Night

Paris by Night , the musical play — as opposed to a straight musical, if you’ll pardon the expression — is a pleasant enough excursion.
The songs are the draw in Trinity’s Paris
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2008

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

Love stories

“Maybe straight America — or American musical theater — is not ready for it yet. But the music rocks.”
Columbus gets to the heart of Paris by Night
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 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

Sweeping drama

There are doctors in the house at both Trinity Repertory Company and Merrimack Repertory Theatre.
The Clean House at Trinity, plus Secret Order at Merrimack
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 16, 2007


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

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

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

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

Fleet prince

“Sweet maid” Gertrude calls Ophelia. And all these years you thought she was referring to Hamlet’s unfortunate lady love as a virgin.
Trinity Rep gives us Hamlet with rampaging energy and an incipient drinking problem
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 09, 2006