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Russell M. Maitland

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Review: Happy Days at the Courthouse Center

Every period has a Golden Age, whether it's Greeks looking back upon the justice goddess Astraea or Americans looking back upon the glories of rock 'n' roll.
Yesterday once more
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 08, 2011

Review: Mirth and murder in Clue: The Musical

The board game Clue has been entertaining families since the end of World War II, when people were especially eager for distractions.
Games people play
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2011
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Review: Center Stage's charming Cinderella

Shiny and sparkly as it is, the fairy tale Cinderella will always be appealing. Most would say that's because our little girls and boys need hope in a discouraging world; others might suggest that the cruel world needs help teaching girls and boys pas
Once upon a time
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2010

Children of Eden's entertaining Bible stories

The team behind Children of Eden have plenty of creative cred; that's one thing in its favor. And then there's the backhanded compliment that the show isn't likely to turn you into a whooping, fundamentalist Bible-thumper.
Family feuds
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2010
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Rave on

Although Don McLean sang of the abrupt death of Charles Hardin Holley as "the day the music died," it's more accurate to describe his soaring career as the days the music began.
Center Stage's hook-filled Buddy Holly Story
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 13, 2010
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Ain't that America?

Armadillo Acres in the Florida of The Great American Trailer Park Musical may not be a place you want to live, what with the thin walls and occasional gunfire, but it could be a fun place to visit. The Center Stage production in West Kingston is givi
Good ol’ boys and girls in Trailer Park Musical
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2010


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Still Wonderful

It's a risky gamble, creating a stage version of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life .
Center Stage interprets Capra’s Life
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2009

Still feeling pretty

It's hard to not be charmed by a production of West Side Story that doesn't get in the way of its heartfelt, bittersweet romance. The current production by Center Stage, in West Kingston through July 26, not only lets the youthful idealism pour throu
Timeless romance in West Side Story  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 17, 2009