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Fools in love

Taking place on the hot Louisiana Gulf Coast, Tennessee Williams's The Rose Tattoo is steamy in more than one way, as human passions boil off repressed emotions.
Tennessee Williams's 'The Rose Tattoo' at 2nd Story
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 10, 2013

2nd Story’s inspiring Little Women

Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is so beloved a morsel of American literary optimism that it would be hard to do badly with an adaptation of the 1868 novel. And there have been numerous ones, from films to an opera and a musical.
Timeless acts of kindness
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 25, 2011

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

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

Night moves

Theater of Thought has done it again, this time with dark humor and Texas accents, as it amplifies theatrical reality with a site-specific rendition of Killer Joe .
Theater Of Thought’s Killer Joe
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 28, 2010
Streetcar List


If A Streetcar Named Desire were a person, it wouldn't be able to sleep at night, tossing and turning in a fever sweat, aching for basic human connection.
2nd Story strips Streetcar  of its angry soul
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 08, 2009


A battling brood

Although Lillian Hellman wrote Another Part of the Forest as a prequel after The Little Foxes , it was by no means an afterthought.  
2nd Story’s stormy Another Part of the Forest
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2008

A different angle

“That’s what I demand of my actors, that they come in with ideas and work,” Peckham insists. “I’m not interested in someone who stands there and says, ‘What do you want me to do?’"
Mark Peckham directs a ‘scary piece’
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2008

A brutal world

Orpheus Descending is such an urgent work that you can see how Tennessee Williams allowed an earlier version of it to pop squalling into the world before it was fully gestated.
2nd Story’s Orpheus Descending
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2008

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

Peace and war

War. What is it good for? More than absolutely nothing, the indomitable title character of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children would contend.
Gamm’s compelling Mother Courage  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2006


Slices of strife

Once more, with feeling.
2nd Story’s Short Attention 2 is a winner  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 02, 2006


The more things change, the more that people and their flaws can be seen to stay the same.
The Gamm’s splendid Top Girls
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 29, 2006