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Review: Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

The more the merrier seems to be the theme of the sixth annual Black Box Theatre One-Act Play Festival, with the first of two nine-play "Waves" running through August 14 (a second will be staged August 19-28).
Cutting to the chase
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 12, 2011

Making magic

Ever since the Greeks learned to keep their masks on straight and not bump into the statuary, theaters and theatergoers have been learning more and more about how the magic works.
Rediscovering the thrill of discovery
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 23, 2008

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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2008

Summer stock

The 2nd Story troupe roasts all of the chestnuts here in fine style, clichéd characters deliciously recognizable.  
The pleasantly diverting Beaux’ Strategem
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2008

Seeing Red

Theatergoers just like to have fun. If you agree with that statement, or at least don’t sputter, you might enjoy 2nd Story Theater’s take on Charles Busch’s Red Scare on Sunset .
2nd Story’s Sunset scares up some laughs
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 12, 2008

Timeless tale

2nd Story Theatre is staging Inge’s somewhat sentimental masterwork, Bus Stop , and doing a fine job of it.
2nd Story's skillful Bus Stop
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 22, 2007



Oh, what a jaded bunch of seat-warmers we can become, those of us who see a lot of theater — good theater, that is. But now and then we encounter a production or a performance that reminds us of what we knew all along.
A year in Providence theater
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 20, 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

A mixed bag

In its second annual “New Works . . . On the Fringe” grab bag of one-acts, the Rhode Island Theatre Ensemble has come up with an assortment of playlets examining the baffling, crazy-making enterprise that is human relationships.
RITE’s “On the Fringe” is a bit tattered
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 16, 2006

Auntie dearest

America has always been in love with colorful, charismatic, high-powered women — it’s just been reluctant to vote them into higher office.
2nd Story’s zesty take on Mame  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 18, 2006

Goodbye, hello!

If anyone can get their act together, it should be musicians, storytellers, actors, puppeteers, acrobats, and the like.  
  Bright Night Providence will ‘ooh!’ and ‘aah!’ you into the New Year
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 01, 1900