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A decidedly dramatic year (with a bit of comic relief)

This has been a good year for theater around here, from the reprise of a "Were you there when . . .?" rendition of a Shakespeare classic to a sprinkling of notable original productions.
Seriously!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 23, 2011

Come You Back at Roger Williams University

Those who can, do; those who can't, teach. And those who can do both do so with enthusiasm, as professor of theater Peter Wright is proving with the well-acted Come You Back , which he wrote and directed. It's at Roger Williams University Theatre throu
Bloody lessons
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 25, 2011

Review: Doubt at Roger Williams University

To say that John Patrick Shanley's Doubt is an essay in action is misleading, since we're more aware of watching the human dilemmas unfold than we are of learning from the play.
The Accused
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 15, 2011

Review: RWU's Far Away is a weird whirlwind

While FDR maintained that we have nothing to fear but fear itself, British playwright Caryl Churchill modifies that dictum in her 2000 Far Away , which is getting an imaginative production at Roger Williams University's Barn Summer Playhouse (through J
The surreal world
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 24, 2011

The State vs. the People, Pt. 1

On Monday, the most prominent headline on the front page of our daily paper or, as the Bud-I calls it with a unique mixture of glee and sadness, "The Pamphlet," was "Cesspools given notice."
A variety of cesspools; the right to know; taking aim
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 02, 2011
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Fall Dance Preview: Kick up your heels!

This fall’s dance events include reprises at local companies.
Things are moving around town
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2010


Blowin’ up good!

Pretty shrewd. In a state that suffered through a horrific nightclub fire in 2003 that killed 100 people, the General Assembly pushed through legislation that some thought would permit people to buy the type of fireworks (called “gerbs,” which means they
Going ballistic on the fireworks bill; Baccari is at it again; more electioneering
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 25, 2010
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Shaking up the school system

Rhode Island education commissioner Deborah Gist’s take-charge style could make a winner of a state that often seems destined to fail. But critics say her free-market approach won’t work.
The Reformer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 23, 2010
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Hearts and souls (and laughs too)

It's been a good year for theater around here — an ingeniously roasted dramatic chestnut here, a new and safely landed flight of fancy there. Below are 10 productions that particularly stood out.
The 10 best theater productions of 2009
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 25, 2009

Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009

A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 18, 2009
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Both new and old classics

The Gamm certainly has come a long way in the quarter-century leading up to this its 25th anniversary season. The evolution of its name alone is quite a trip.
Life on the boards
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2009


Use your delusion

Fool for Love is pure Sam Shepard, as the playwright packs in an explosive blend of myth and Eros, ambiguity and knee-in-the-gut certitude, boiling it all down into less than an hour of existential essence. The current rendition at Roger Williams Uni
RWU'S Fool for Love hits emotional high notes
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 26, 2009

Providence music news: February 27, 2009

Sling some shuffleboard while MARK CUTLER slings the six-string TONIGHT (the 26th) at Nick-a-Nee's
Shake some action
By PROVIDENCE MUSIC STAFF  |  February 25, 2009
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Nature's way

Evoking the great outdoors with live jazz, live hoofing, and spoken text.
The atmospheric Jazz and Tap Odyssey
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2009
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Toilet talk

Bathroom math used to be simple: Number 1 or Number 2. That was it.
The new world of going green in the bathroom
By PHILIP ELI  |  January 07, 2009

Wallowing

Playwright Deborah Brevoort looked at the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, shook her head, and reduced the tragedy to its effect on one family and one town in The Women of Lockerbie , being staged by Roger Williams University Theatre (through November 2
Lockerbie overdoes the melodrama
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2008


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New + old classics

As if freshly presenting stage classics isn’t challenging enough, new adaptations are in the lineups this fall at two companies, Trinity Repertory Company and the Gamm.
Life on the boards
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008
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Mind games

The troupe at Roger Williams University’s Barn Summer Playhouse is taking on the delicate drama  Proof  with satisfying finesse.
RWU’s intriguing Proof
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008

Play time

The Barn Summer Playhouse is currently staging a snappy rendition of some of the most original and intellectually entertaining theater in the English language.
A snappy Inspector Hound
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 24, 2008
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The year of impending doom

This hardy old New England state should be able to cope with a little snow, right? Not so much...
A softening economy and the $450 million state deficit point to a painful 2008
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 19, 2007
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Maguire’s move to DC a blow for RI GOP

Spencer Maguire, who mounted an aggressive Republican challenge to state Representative Ray Gallison (D-Bristol) in 2006, has taken a job in Washington, DC.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 12, 2007


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Clampdown at the Providence Police Department

At age 42, former Providence Police sergeant Steven Petrella has the look of a besieged man.
Esserman imposes tougher standards, but some cops cite inconsistent discipline
By TE-PING CHEN  |  October 31, 2007

Blissful bustle

As vicarious fun goes, following about a party of squabbling hosts and befuddled guests at a country estate might not be much to recommend Hay Fever.
RWU Theatre’s frisky Hay Fever
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2007
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Taking flight

Rhode Island’s dance scene has spawned and nurtured quite a few New York- and Boston-based artists.
A full slate of classics, new works, and seasonal treats
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2007
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Cheap eats: The ultimate guide

Everyone loves a bargain, especially living-on-a-shoestring college students.
You don’t have to be flush to eat like a king in Rhode Island
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 05, 2007

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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2007


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Lessons of the fall

The fall from grace of Ralph R. Papitto was remarkable in its speed and force.
The Papitto controversy reveals some ingrained truths about race and institutions
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 25, 2007
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RWU board: A classic case of inaction

If you are a Rhode Islander who happens to know the principals, it’s a blockbuster.
Got oversight?
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  July 18, 2007

Little Papeet can't jump

L’affaire Papitto is one of those stories so stupid and ridiculous that no one could have made it up.
Octogenarian rap enthusiast roils Roger Williams University
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 18, 2007

Incoherent

The droll, real-life satirical essays of David Sedaris have been amusing his fans for years.
The Sedarises’ silly Book of Liz
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2007