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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

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

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

Muddled musical

We sure do love our stage rascals.
A mostly rotten Scoundrels
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 24, 2009

A 'beautiful life'

In the context of today's new political dawn, Cabaret , the Kander and Ebb musical about 1930 Berlin, is like one of those silly horror movies that couples go to for an excuse to cling together and shriek. Isn't it great that the mayhem isn't happening
Center Stage's Cabaret is in top form
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2008

The joy of excess

When Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show came to the British stage in 1973 and the infamous picture show followed two years later, there was proof that more is more.
The time-warping camp of The Rocky Horror Show
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2008

Clothes call

The musical version of The Full Monty comes across as bawdy and hilarious as intended in this version by Center Stage Productions.
A fully entertaining Monty
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008