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Party like it’s 2012!!

Last call for TONY JONES & THE CRETIN 3 along with FALL & BOUNCE on THURSDAY (the 29th) at JR's Bourbon Street Rock House in Cranston (forever Mustang Sally's to some of us), call 401.463.3080.
Wild weekend
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 30, 2011
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A perishing theatre gives way to a new one

Living up to theoretician Gordon Craig's ideal of the "perishable" theatre as one nimble, flexible, and light on its feet, Providence's Perishable Theatre remained fresh for its 28-year shelf life; it shuttered this year because funding sources — not ne
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By CHRISTINA BEVILACQUA  |  December 23, 2011

Burbage’s muddled Maids

There are employee/employer disputes and then there is Jean Genet's The Maids , which makes the West Virginia railroad riots of 1877 look like an arms-crossed kid pouting over spinach on a plate.
Help wanted
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 19, 2011
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Review: Perishable's Hedwig and the Angry Inch

If Alexander Platt's take on Hedwig and the Angry Inch were packed with any more energy, the bomb squad would have to be called out every night.
Lust for life
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 01, 2011
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Review: Perishable's emotionally transfixing 1:23

Two things about Carson Kreitzer's 1:23 , which is getting a phenomenal production at Perishable Theatre (through May 7).
Crimes of the heart
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 22, 2011
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Review: Elemental's hit-and-miss 'Go.Go Plays'

Elemental Theatre Collective's "Go.Go Plays" have been an imaginative grab bag of one-acts since 2007, and the fifth annual event is no exception.
Finding the funny
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 11, 2011


Live Bait at the Perishable Theatre

Live Bait at the Perishable Theatre


  Things happen, and they sometimes have more impact than you expect. You take the wrong exit off the highway. You have one extra conversation...
By webteam  |  February 01, 2011
Elemental Theatre Collective's Go.Go 5 Festival at the Perishable

Elemental Theatre Collective's Go.Go 5 Festival at the Perishable


Substantial scope defines the pieces being offered at Go.Go 5, the fifth installment of Elemental Theatre Collective's annual presentation of short new works. Jill Blevins's...
By webteam  |  January 18, 2011
The Pillowman at Perishable Theatre

The Pillowman at Perishable Theatre


In The Pillowman, the cops haul in a writer and grill him about a series of murders that have parallels to some of his "gruesome"...
By webteam  |  January 11, 2011
Live Bait at Perishable Theatre

Live Bait at Perishable Theatre


There are many people to please in this world, and half of them are women. The folks stepping up to participate at this month's Live...
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011
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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


"Breathing Tube" at the Perishable Theatre

"Breathing Tube" at the Perishable Theatre


A pair of child detectives investigating holiday myths, a shopping mall Santa who gives one of his visitors a memorable lesson, and a glimpse at...
By webteam  |  December 14, 2010
Jingle Belles & A Few Balls at the Perishable

Jingle Belles & A Few Balls at the Perishable


Messing with tradition is one of Perishable Theatre's strong suits. So it's logical that their pah-tays are a bit crazed, too. They've previously brought a...
By webteam  |  December 07, 2010
Blood from a Turnip at Perishable Theatre

Blood from a Turnip at Perishable Theatre


This month's edition of the Blood from a Turnip puppet theater heads into existential terrain. What is a puppet? Who really pulls the strings? Is...
By webteam  |  November 16, 2010
Seth Lepore at Perishable Theatre

Seth Lepore at Perishable Theatre


Many of us ponder life's spiritual side, and many of us have singular ways of doing so. Affirmations, yoga, fasting, crystals, prayer, jogging - the...
By webteam  |  October 26, 2010
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Women's Playwriting Festival at Perishable

Kicking off a season in which all Perishable Theatre plays will be written by women, the 15th International Women's Playwriting Festival is presenting the world premieres of three plays selected from hundreds. It's running through October 23.
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 08, 2010


15th International Women's Playwriting Festival at the Perishable Theatre

15th International Women's Playwriting Festival at the Perishable Theatre


What if your job is a bore? What if your first sexual encounter begets a load of unanswerable questions? What if soldiering leads you to...
By webteam  |  September 28, 2010
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Fall Theater Preview: Musicals and more

If we've come to know anything about 2nd Story Theatre, it's that we shouldn't presume to know what plays to expect.
Belting it out and acting up
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2010

Review: A riveting Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Edward Albee’s brilliant, savage first full-length play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , needs to be done marvelously or not at all. So, thank goodness this Perishable Theatre production is a marvel indeed.
Wedded blisters
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2010
Live Bait session at the Perishable Theatre

Live Bait session at the Perishable Theatre


You might have gotten into a fistfight during the recent World Cup shebang. Maybe you were traumatized by playing Monopoly as a child. Of course,...
By webteam  |  August 31, 2010
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Let's get physical (maybe)

If Kevin Broccoli weren't so loose and hip, he might be called a raconteur.
Kevin Broccoli's That Might Not Be Sex
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 23, 2010


Breathing Tube at the Perishable Theatre

Breathing Tube at the Perishable Theatre


What if the world had no history? What if a Klansman successfully infiltrated the ranks of the ACLU? What if a pissed-off teacher couldn't take...
By webteam  |  June 29, 2010
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Twisted sister

Wow. An explosive performance could be anticipated, since Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of an anguished life transformation.
Perishable’s knockout Hedwig and the Angry Inch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2010
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at Perishable

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at Perishable


A sex change isn't all it's supposed to be, an American tour lacks the grandeur of the music at its center - no wonder the...
By webteam  |  April 14, 2010
Live Bait's "This Sh*t Just Got Real!"

Live Bait's "This Sh*t Just Got Real!"


You know that Perishable Theatre's Live Bait program is all about anecdotes. Got a story that fits the topic at hand? Take the stage and...
By webteam  |  March 31, 2010
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How to tell the truth

You may never have been so upset about being a twentysomething virgin that you hired a sexual surrogate for professional help, but odds are that if you had you’d just gulp and keep it to yourself.
Phil Goldman has a lot to say
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2010


Blood From a Turnip at Perishable

Blood From a Turnip at Perishable


You haven't forgotten about your monthly commitment to puppetry, have you? This time the Blood From a Turnip folks, who pretty much have the realm...
By webteam  |  March 17, 2010
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Cabin Fever

Sometimes a solitary cabin in the woods is just a solitary cabin in the woods, Freud might have said, but sometimes it's epitomizing psychological isolation and yearning for human connection.
Elemental’s ‘the father, the son and the holy go.go’
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2010
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Sexy and saucy

It's just before 9 pm on a frigid Saturday, and the basement-turned-green room of the Perishable Theatre in Providence is positively swarming.
Glitter, body paint, and the burlesque revival
By ELLEN CUSHING  |  January 15, 2010
"DeStefano On the Air!" at Perishable Theatre

"DeStefano On the Air!" at Perishable Theatre


A radio interview between a talk show host and an eminent child psychiatrist ripples into all sorts of unexpected directions in Cyrus Leddy’s “The Rescuer.”...
By webteam  |  January 13, 2010