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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
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Review: 2nd Story's spirited Speech & Debate

Considering the dark core at the center of Speech & Debate — a sexual predator — it might seem incongruous that Steven Karam's celebrated play is hilarious. But at 2nd Story Theatre, that dark cloud doesn't inhibit the sunshine as three intrepid h
Class action
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: Trinity Rep’s Crucible is potent

The Crucible is a profoundly moving story, especially when inhabited by the talents at Trinity Repertory Company. This is the third time the group has taken on Arthur Miller's masterwork of American theater, the last a quarter-century ago.
Hidden agendas
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2011
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Preview: Trinity Rep takes The Crucible to the streets

Arthur Miller's The Crucible was a seminal work of American theater, taking a shameful passage of history — the Salem witch trials of the late 17th century — and melding it in the audience's consciousness with a contemporary parallel — the Red Scare h
Truth and consequences
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 04, 2011
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Winter theatre preview: From the Bard to Becky Shaw

From the latest Pulitzer winner for drama to a musical adaptation of a popular board game, and from the Bard to Becky Shaw, Rhode Island theaters are certainly starting 2011 with varied offerings.
Gionfriddo, Synge, Ibsen, and more
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 31, 2010
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Ye gods!

Much beautiful music turns up in the 18th-century operatic form that’s probably most alien to a modern audience.
BLO’s Idomeneo, BU’s Susannah, Garfein’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Zander’s Stravinsky, and Pollini’s Chopin
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 30, 2010


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Review: The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon starts with a black screen and an old man's voice (Ernst Jacobi, who played Hitler in Jan Troell's Hamsun and in a BBC mini-series) relating a series of mysterious accidents and crimes that occurred in the German village where he w
Children of the götterdämmerung: Shades of gray in Michael Haneke's White Ribbon
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 15, 2010