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Sour and dour souls

Some people are brittle and dry as tinder, but they don't have the sense to not play with matches. The two women at the dangerous center of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane could blaze up at any moment, and we know that one or both will
The Gamm's 'Beauty Queen of Leenane'
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 10, 2013
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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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 24, 2010
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Talking ’bout a revolution

It takes a theatrical genius like Tom Stoppard to come up with Rock ’n’ Roll, which merges the pulsing spirit of both until they feel like one. And it takes a theater of the caliber of the Gamm to make history feel like a Stones concert that becomes a po
 The Gamm’s life-affirming Rock ’n’ Roll
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2010

When traders equal traitors

It is about time someone pointed out that the vile crooks of Wall Street aren’t just greedy, thieving bastards. They are, in fact, traitors to this country and its citizens.
Turncoats on Wall Street. Plus, ecori, celebrating Susan, and Rock ’n’ Roll
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 30, 2010

Uncandid camera

There was an excellent piece on State House security cameras in the May 18 issue of the Urinal by the always-reliable Steve Peoples.
Turning a blind eye at the State House. Plus, the Damkoehlers hit the road
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 22, 2009
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An awkward adaptation

Times change, but the frailties of the human heart . . . not so much. That overworked muscle can be haplessly generous or slammed-door shut. Nathaniel Hawthorne's mid-19th century novel The Scarlet Letter still stands as a perceptive examination of th
Times change, but the frailties of the human heart . . . not so much.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 15, 2009


Ride, Captain, Ride

The mighty Captain Blowhard was back in the news quite prominently with his stop sign-rolling, curb-jumping antics behind the wheel that led the Jamestown police to suggest that he come out with his driver's license and hands up, following similar ass
Sundlun gets off the road. Plus, as A for the Gamm, and corporate lies
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 08, 2009
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Power play(1)

At this time of renewed political idealism in the country, director Judith Swift has labeled the London setting of An Ideal Husband , at the Gamm through December 7, as "inspired by the 19th century, set in the 20th century, reflected in the 21st centu
The Gamm's An Ideal Husband
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2008
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Obama ’08: Dawn of a new era

Since 1984, every year in which there is a presidential election, the Murphy/Deans of Edgewood in Cranston, have held a small get-together for friends and family.
Few socks tossed at TV during liberal klatch in Edgewood
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 05, 2008

Let the rabble eat cake

Isn't it comforting to know that Dubya II McCain’s top economic advisors are Phil Gramm and Carly Fiorina?
The economy is in shambles, and McCain doesn’t get it
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 24, 2008
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Parlor games

The 19th-century practice of the lesbian “Boston marriage” was packed with enough human urgency and necessary social hypocrisy to supply any number of plays.
Gamm’s Boston Marriage is a ticklish toss-off
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2008


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Shocker: RI GOP in disarray

An internecine battle has broken out between the couple dozen or so people who claim to be members of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
A real two-party system requires an effective minority party
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 19, 2008
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Nixon being Nixon

Nixon’s Nixon is to Richard Nixon what Dante’s Inferno was to Satan, though less sympathetic.
Gamm’s funny night at the White House
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2007
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Our Sgt. Schultz society

“I know noz-ZINK!” That was the catchphrase of John Banner’s character, the Nazi prison guard Sergeant Schultz.
Know-nothing nation sleepwalks well into the future
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 24, 2007
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Another hummer

What do the new Jamestown Bridge and the renovation of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center have in common?
The Dunk cost overrun takes taxpayers for a soaking
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  May 18, 2007
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Sin and forgiveness

Theater is always trying to impress us by heightening reality, one way or another.
A Cardinal Deposed at Gamm
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 27, 2007


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Bruised brothers

The culmination of a grim trilogy from Martin McDonagh, the bad boy of modern Irish theater.
Passion at play in The Lonesome West
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 01, 2006

Money counts

Your superior correspondents are as guilty as most for ignoring the many legitimate candidates who seek office, but are not given much chance of winning because of their reluctance (or inability) to link up with deep-pocketed contributors.
Sheeler has a gripe about attention given to better-funded rivals
By  |  January 19, 2006