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URI Theatre’s Metamorphoses

Mary Zimmerman's wonderfully inventive 2002 play, Metamorphoses , based on 10 of Ovid's tales of the Greek myths, is being given a spirited and hip production at the URI Theatre (through March 3).
Changing of the gods
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 01, 2013
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URI’s marvelous take on Tartuffe

"The more things change, the more they stay the same" — that phrase may not have found widespread popularity until the 19th century, but French playwright and satirist Molière understood it well.
Hilarity and hypocrisy
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 02, 2012
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URI’s Marat/Sade finds pleasure in pain

To compare a crazed society to a madhouse is a trite observation. But it became an astute metaphor and powerful theatrical experience when playwright Peter Weiss created Marat/Sade , as URI Theatre is robustly demonstrating (through October 23).
Musical madness
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 21, 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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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
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URI's Spinning Into Butter looks at racism

Interracial harmony, good. Racism, bad. One-to-one, honest communication between people with differences is healthy and necessary.
Social studies
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2010


Learning to live

Fanny Kemble is known for being a celebrated British actress in her early 19th-century youth and again toward middle age.
URI Theatre’s sprawling Unbound
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2010

Emotional traffic

As Halloween approaches and a frisson of fright chills the air, URI Theatre is presenting a psychologically taut staging of Rebecca Gilman’s Boy Gets Girl .
A love disconnection in Boy Gets Girl
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 23, 2009
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Timeless treat

URI heads to Oklahoma!
It's hard not to enjoy a rousing production of Oklahoma!, for more reasons than any musical needs in order to get audiences smiling and humming afterward. URI Theatre is pleasing those familiar with the classic and winning new fans with a production (through November 23) that just can't stop moving.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2008