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Mixed Magic’s Moby Dick: Then and Now

Herman Melville's epic and innovative novel Moby-Dick , the linchpin of 19th- and 20th-century American literature, is quite the ambitious model for imitation.
A whale of a metaphor
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 30, 2012

Interview: James Toback, director of "Tyson"

The last time I interviewed somebody at the Liberty Hotel it was known as the Charles Street Jail. That was about 25 years ago and...
By Peter Keough  |  April 30, 2009

Hello, Larry

Absolutely nothing is funny about the Lawrence Phillips case, so let’s not even go there — there isn’t a single laugh to be found in this past week’s news that the onetime Next Jim Brown was sentenced to 10 years in Cali.  
Sports blotter: "End of an era" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 16, 2008

The Express

Ernie Davis may be the greatest running back never to play in the NFL.  
Football bio-pic offers a reflection on our not-so-proud past
By TOM MEEK  |  October 09, 2008

Slowly they turn

We are heading toward a sentimental season of holidays, so the Rhode Island Theatre Ensemble is preparing the way with a wintry 19th-century melodrama, Leopold Lewis’s The Bells .
RITE's melodramtic take on The Bells
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 06, 2007

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

This documentary by Jim Brown offers an inspiring portrait of America’s most enduring folk artist.
Exploring saintlike passion
By PEG ALOI  |  September 26, 2007


Power play

A play about political corruption always goes down easier with a little humor.
The timely (and timeless) Born Yesterday
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2007

Pit bulls

They’re called “festival films,” movies that resonate with the serious, eager-minded who attend fests but have little chance in the Darwinian world of theatrical release.
And the Brattle’s WW2 flicks
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 28, 2007

A boy’s life

Adaptations of the character-packed novels of Charles Dickens should be all the rage in post-MTV theater.
A dizzying run through David Copperfield
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 21, 2006

Trial and error

The folks at 2nd Story Theatre are clever in many ways, only one of which is their usually dandy stage productions.
2nd Story’s well-intentioned Inherit the Wind  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 10, 2006

Short ’n’ sweet

2nd Story Theatre has kicked off its Short Attention Span Theatre with Wave : seven short plays, no waiting; all but one a comedy, so not much time to rest your grin.
2nd Story’s Wave 1 is a winner
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 11, 2006

Scattered shots

The trouble with providing something for every taste is that there’s something for every taste, so everyone is likely to wrinkle a nose now and again.
NewGate’s Test Tube Theatre
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 13, 2006