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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

Review: Poe vs. Poe in Trinity's Strange Tale

What's left to spook us these days? Crime shows display forensic detail that has inured us to blood.
I Is Another
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2011

Trinity's rollicking Absurd Person Singular

Very strange. It's as though British playwright Alan Ayckbourn had come to Trinity Rep, studied its veteran acting company, laughed heartily at the amusing talent on display, then went home and wrote Absurd Person Singular for six of the actors.
All about Eves
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2010

It’s good to be king

After being out of the local theater scene for a couple of decades, the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater (TRIST) is back, staging an outdoor production of Henry VIII at the Roger Williams National Memorial Park, on North Main Street in Providence, thro
TRIST takes Henry VIII outdoors
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2010

Dynamic duo

There are King Oedipus and his mom, there are Romeo and Juliet, and there are Oscar and Felix.
Trinity Rep’s over-the-top The Odd Couple
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2010

Play by play: March 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, March 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 26, 2010

Play by Play: March 19, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule.
Boston's weekly theater schedule.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 19, 2010

Play by play: March 12, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of March 12, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 12, 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

Love at second sight?

The little two-person play that Trinity Repertory Company is staging in the intimate downstairs theater got its title from the poignant Bob Dylan song "Shooting Star."
Chemistry is key in Trinity’s Shooting Star
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2009

Material girls

The usually evenhanded if impassioned David Hare in The Secret Rapture , a 20-year-old play being urgently, elegiacally revived by Trinity Repertory Company.
Trinity uncovers Hare's Secret Rapture
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 10, 2009


Review: Secret Rapture

Art is artifice, as we all accept. But sometimes it's hard for artists to take a deep breath and skillfully apply more of the latter to amplify the former.
Trinity can't rescue Hare's play
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 04, 2009

The Secret Rapture at Trinity Repertory Company

David Hare's The Secret Rapture , which Trinity Repertory Company is presenting through March 29.
Trinity's Rapture spans the compassion spectrum
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 24, 2009

Ghost story

Audiences just wanna have fun. Sometimes.
Trinity’s gleeful Blithe Spirit
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2008

Bottled-spider web

Richard III  is a thing of additions and subtractions.
Trinity’s Richard III; plus Shakespeare’s Actresses in America
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 05, 2008

Power mad

Trinity Repertory Company is staging a version of Richard III that comes at us like a Sherman tank.
Trinity Rep’s timely Richard III
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008


The mind’s eye

Several Trinity Repertory Company actors sit before microphones in a WRNI studio.
Trinity gets dramatic on WRNI
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 03, 2007

Life’s enchanted cup

The buzz about Trinity Repertory Company’s Our Town has centered on its double-barreled depiction of community.
Our Town at Trinity; BTW’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 07, 2007

Dying breeds

Chekhov insisted that his final masterpiece, The Cherry Orchard , was a comedy and fumed at Stanislavsky’s having his characters suffer through their fraying existences at the pace of a Robert Wilson opus.
The Cherry Orchard , The Women , Summer and Smoke
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 27, 2006

Full bloom

Anton Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard is about change, and so too is this debut production by Trinity Repertory Company’s new artistic director, Curt Columbus.
Trinity’s extraordinary Cherry Orchard
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2006

Hello, Columbus

Last year was quite the highpoint for Curt Columbus.
Trinity’s new artistic director bows with Chekhov
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 12, 2006


The love cats

Don’t come to Kenny Finkle’s Indoor/Outdoor with expectations too high and you’ll come out fine.
Trinity Rep gets frisky with Indoor/Outdoor
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 01, 2006

Trinity gets catty

“Uh-oh,” the fear goes for those prone to such anxieties. “This isn’t paving the way for, uh, ‘Memories,’ is it?”
Despite Trinity Repertory Company’s penchant for musicals, Indoor/Outdoor is not something to soften us up for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 15, 2006