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Motherhood: The Musical at Trinity
Motherhood: The Musical was created mainly to cheer on the fact that mommies just wanna have fun.
Babies and beyond
| June 15, 2012
Brown/Trinity Rep MFA’s revolutionary Tango
A totalitarian regime can persist for many reasons: widespread timidity, complacency, political expediency, fear, and so on.
Old World order
| May 11, 2012
Oh, what a tangled web they weave.
Come fly with me . . . and me and me
| April 27, 2012
More musings on death at Trinity Rep
Death can be easiest for the dead themselves, who don't have to deal with the emotional aftermath, after all.
| March 30, 2012
Trinity’s moving mourners’ Bench
You die, you're dead and buried. But if you survive a loved one's death, or anticipate soon having to, you shamble about wounded.
Life after death
| March 23, 2012
Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium’s Parade
Parade might be the best musical, as well as the most unlikely one, that you've never seen. Its one-line plot description isn't exactly alluring.
An unfortunate man
| December 09, 2011
Trinity’s compelling Christmas Carol
The more things stay the same, the more they change. At least that's the way they've been having it with Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol at Trinity Repertory Company for 35 years.
Comfort and joy
| December 02, 2011
Trinity Rep’s rip-roaring His Girl Friday
There are theatrical adaptations and then there are magnificent transformations, like His Girl Friday . Multiple-Obie Award-winning playwright John Guare has expanded the furious screwball comedy into a historical/social commentary without our losing o
The write stuff
| September 23, 2011
Emotions run high at the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep
Summer brings the annual trio of productions by Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep. Love is the common theme of this year's plays — love and its soulmate misery, it goes without saying.
Love and misery
| July 29, 2011
Review: Perishable's Hedwig and the Angry Inch
If Alexander Platt's take on Hedwig and the Angry Inch were packed with any more energy, the bomb squad would have to be called out every night.
Lust for life
| July 01, 2011
Review: Arlene Violet's The Family
If anybody not under potential indictment is qualified to write something titled The Family , subtitled "A Musical About the Mob," it's Arlene Violet.
Wiseguys (and dolls)
| June 10, 2011
Review: Poe vs. Poe in Trinity's Strange Tale
What's left to spook us these days? Crime shows display forensic detail that has inured us to blood.
I Is Another
| May 20, 2011
Review: Threepenny Opera is dark and dynamic
No wonder, theatrically speaking, that The Threepenny Opera takes three hours to perform.
A really big show
| May 20, 2011
Review: Trinity's Steel Magnolias is fun and poignant
The first thing you need to know is that over the course of watching Steel Magnolias , which is getting a no-laffs-barred production by Trinity Repertory Company (through May 15), all my testosterone drained out and pooled at my feet.
Both sides now
| April 29, 2011
Review: Trinity's Yellowman gets beneath the surface
With its usual acting prowess, distilled into two characters, Trinity Repertory Company is presenting an affecting drama about black-on-black prejudice, Dael Orlandersmith's Yellowman .
Pride and prejudice
| March 11, 2011
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.
| February 18, 2011
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
| February 04, 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
| January 28, 2011
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
| December 31, 2010
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
| December 24, 2010
Trinity Rep's uplifting It's A Wonderful Life
Who says you can't have it both ways? Trinity Repertory Company is presenting the sentimental movie classic It's a Wonderful Life as "A Live Radio Play" (through January 2) and they've managed to make it an absorbing — and theatrical — experience.
The road taken
| December 17, 2010
Review: Tennessee Williams's self-indulgent Vieux Carré
Tennessee Williams scholars and melodrama buffs will be quick-marching over to the Brown/Trinity Rep performance of his early Vieux Carré (at the Pell Chafee Performance Center through December 19).
Only the lonely
| December 17, 2010
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Trinity Rep
If one certified seasonal classic does boffo box office each year, why not test out another? The Trinity Rep troupe has A Christmas Carol up...
| December 07, 2010
Review: Trinity Rep gets to the Heart of Scrooge
The more things stay the same, the more they change; at least that's so regarding Trinity Repertory Company's A Christmas Carol (through December 31). Every year on Washington Street, they task themselves with resurrecting the Charles Dickens tale by
The inner Ebenezer
| December 03, 2010
Review: Trinity charts Ebenezer's emotional journey
There are more than 30 different productions of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol being performed at hundreds of theaters around the country, usually in clone versions as identical as re-screened films. Familiarity breeds big box office.
The Tao of Scrooge
| November 26, 2010
Trinity's rollicking Absurd Person Singular
Very strange. It's as though British playwright Alan Ayckbourn had come to Trinity Rep, studied its veteran acting company, laughed heartily at the amusing talent on display, then went home and wrote Absurd Person Singular for six of the actors.
All about Eves
| October 29, 2010
Review: Trinity's Absurd Person Singular
As playwriting goes, there's prolific and then there's prolific. There's, say, Shakespeare with his piddling 38 plays. And then there's someone like Alan Ayckbourn: 73 full-length babies, and counting.
Trinity nails down Alan Ayckbourn
| October 15, 2010
Review: Trinity Rep's magical Camelot
Camelot is a hard musical not to like, even for those who don’t like to like musicals.
An enchanted evening
| September 24, 2010
Review: Trinity Rep revisits Camelot
Ask the historians, the psychologists, the sociologists. The more a society is troubled, the more it harkens back to a Golden Age — such as the one depicted in Camelot , the Lerner and Loewe musical that Trinity Repertory Company is staging through Octo
A royal revival
| September 17, 2010
Fall Theater Preview: Musicals and more
If we've come to know anything about 2nd Story Theatre, it's that we shouldn't presume to know what plays to expect.
Belting it out and acting up
| September 17, 2010
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