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The horror of genocide in Yermedea RAW

As difficult as it is to capture onstage an enormity such as genocide, a play at Brown University Theater is doubling the stakes by also addressing the maternal consequences of the deaths of young innocents.
This brutal world
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 28, 2012

A feisty Lady Windermere’s Fan at Brown

Late 19th-century England may have imprisoned, ostracized, and fatally broke the health of Oscar Wilde, but not before he took up his pen and successfully dueled with British hypocrisy in several successful social satires.
Social insecurity
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 11, 2011
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Review: Brown's Talk is true to its name

Everyone does it, to varying degrees of success or defeat. The ancient Greeks did it to lofty philosophical purpose, although their reward for their most prominent proponent was a goblet of poison.
The art of conversation
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 15, 2011

Review: Brown's As You Like It turns the tables

There can be too much of a good thing, as Rosalind in As You Like It brings up in the course of things, thereby introducing the phrase to the English language. In a related caution, familiarity breeds contempt, as an Aesop's fable had it.
Role reversal
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 11, 2011

Review: Brown tackles Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind

Sam Shepard's The Tooth of Crime was scheduled for this season at Brown University Theatre/Sock & Buskin, but the playwright pulled it from production availability to update the 1972 play, as he had done in 1995.
The beast within
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 01, 2010

Pulling the strings

Bourgeois society has always been an easy target because it has always been such a broad one.
Brown’s Lulu is a tragic farce
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2010


Unfettered farce

Farce is designed for more than pleasant laughter and fingertips-to-palm applause. In celebration of that, an all-stops-out production of Molière’s Tartuffe is being staged at Brown University Theatre (through October 4), and it gets the audience to pu
 Brown’s Tartuffe puts the roar in uproarious
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2009