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The Gamm’s absorbing The Real Thing

How many words do the Inuit have for snow?
Words of love
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 22, 2013

The Gamm’s illuminating Red

Whether or not the actual Mark Rothko was as irascible and violent-tempered as playwright John Logan depicts him in Red , the 1950s American art scene did feel his impact. So will those attending the powerful production at the Gamm Theatre, through Dec
A painter’s passion
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 23, 2012

The Gamm’s powerful After the Revolution

Family pressures are troublesome enough in the best of circumstances, but when they involve politics they can blow off the roof.
Truth and consequences
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 21, 2012

The mind is the battleground in the Gamm’s 1984

"War Is Peace" and "Freedom Is Slavery" were government slogans in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four , his dystopian fever dream.
Reality check
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 04, 2012

The Gamm’s festen is a fractured family tale

A certain lugubrious prince had a difficult time in another Danish household, but that was all tea and sympathy compared to the turbulent family in Festen . The compelling drama, directed by Tony Estrella, runs through February 12 at the Gamm.
Secrets and lies
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 20, 2012

Review: The Gamm's Torture is front-loaded

Black humor sure is better than no humor at all. What do you do with the disproved defenses of torture besides get angry?
Rights and wrongs
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 13, 2011


Review: The Gamm's Paul examines the power of faith

Looking at Christianity objectively, historically, can appear to be critical, since religion is a matter of faith.
True believer
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2011

The Gamm's masterful Doll's House

There have been other plays well worth seeing this season, but nothing like this masterpiece at the Gamm. And I don't mainly mean the classic by Henrik Ibsen itself, since A Doll's House in shaky hands can come across as shrill and lesson-laden.
A matter of trust
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 28, 2011

Theatre that ran the emotional gamut in 2010

We laugh, we cry, we stifle annoyance and look at our watches. Theater performances vary widely in what they attempt and how well they accomplish it.
The human condition
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 24, 2010

Review: The Gamm's Child's Christmas in Wales

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre is presenting Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales , always a good idea at this time of year. This expanded version of the 2003 adaptation by artistic director Tony Estrella incorporates fragments of other works
Thomas's tales
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 17, 2010
A Child's Christmas in Wales at the Gamm Theatre

A Child's Christmas in Wales at the Gamm Theatre

Dylan Thomas's recounting of family, friends, and fun during the winters of his youth boasts some vivid tales indeed. The author's memories of the snow-fuel-ed...
By webteam  |  December 07, 2010


Review: Gamm Theatre stages Glengarry Glen Ross

As a playwright, David Mamet is tritely, inaccurately, and frequently accused of being a misogynist. But the evidence of his 1982 Glengarry Glen Ross indicates quite the opposite.
Leading men
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2010

Talking ’bout a revolution

It takes a theatrical genius like Tom Stoppard to come up with Rock ’n’ Roll, which merges the pulsing spirit of both until they feel like one. And it takes a theater of the caliber of the Gamm to make history feel like a Stones concert that becomes a po
 The Gamm’s life-affirming Rock ’n’ Roll
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2010

The torment within

In dramatic terms, it doesn't really matter whether the female protagonist of 4:48 Psychosis commits suicide at the end of the play.
The Gamm’s intense 4:48 Psychosis
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2010

Cries and whispers

Mental illness is a touchy subject, one that needs to be handled sensitively on stage or not at all.
The Gamm finds the balance in 4:48 Psychosis
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 15, 2010

Best of the Bard

The Comedy of Errors ? Ha. The Merry Wives of Windsor ? Ha; ha.
The Gamm’s masterful Much Ado About Nothing
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 25, 2009


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

Ideas and emotions

Grace takes place in the recent memories of the title character as well as in her difficult present. The basic concern here, which nags her like a toothache, is the non-existence of the divine.
The Gamm delivers Grace at a fever pitch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 17, 2009

Review: Awake and Sing!

Written at the beginning of the Depression, Clifford Odets's Awake and Sing! sounds from its title like a paean to American exuberance and chest-thumping optimism.
Out of time
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2009

Star search

The winsome and irrepressible Miss Pixie was born at Perishable Theatre for 2002-03 post-show discussions, the whimsical suggestion of Marilyn Busch, who was the theater's publicist at the time.
Miss Pixie's long, strange trip
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2008

Power play(1)

At this time of renewed political idealism in the country, director Judith Swift has labeled the London setting of An Ideal Husband , at the Gamm through December 7, as "inspired by the 19th century, set in the 20th century, reflected in the 21st centu
The Gamm's An Ideal Husband
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2008


30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008

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

Living histories

Political intrigue, parallels to today’s electoral brouhaha, and reminders of historical warnings, all presented in dignified but unpretentious blank verse cadences.
The Gamm stages a remarkably timely Don Carlos
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008

Honoring the spirit

Tony Estrella is not a masochist.
Estrella on condensing Schiller
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008

Corrente’s born-again retirement

Now here’s a shocker: the Providence Retirement Board made a stupid decision. My heavens!
If at first you don’t get a taxpayer-funded pension, try, try again
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 20, 2008


Please shut up!

How can we miss you if you won’t go away?
Our salute to a few of the most obnoxious people of the week
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 16, 2008

Anything but tame

Director Peter Sampieri and an ace troupe are mounting a slam-bang production of the comedy that sparkles with originality and resolves a feminist objection to the play that we can assume is older than the play itself.
A smart take on Shakespeare’s Shrew
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2008

A stellar Scrooge

Yes, this Christmas Carol sets a new standard for Trinity. Don’t miss it.
Trinity’s Christmas Carol sets a new standard
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 09, 2007

What is normal?

The Gamm has done it again, giving us a performance not to be missed.
The Gamm's moving Elephant Man
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 12, 2007