Robert Barossi

Robert Barossi has worked in just about every possible job in professional theater, from actor to stage manager to company manager to box office and house manager. This has included time spent immersed in the theater and arts scenes in places like Philadelphia, D.C., Boston and Rhode Island. He has also been a staff writer for Motif Magazine in Rhode Island, writing reviews, previews and features, for six years, leaving the publication just recently. Though not working in professional theater currently, he continues to work on being an aspiring playwright and getting to as much theater as possible.
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BWW Reviews: Jackson Browne Offers Timeless Music at Soulful PPAC ShowBWW Reviews: Jackson Browne Offers Timeless Music at Soulful PPAC Show
Posted: Aug. 22, 2014


BWW Reviews: Theatre By the Sea Summer Ends with Splendid SPAMALOTBWW Reviews: Theatre By the Sea Summer Ends with Splendid SPAMALOT
Posted: Aug. 27, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

Dreadful, Disappointing GHOST: THE MUSICAL Makes an Appearance at PPACDreadful, Disappointing GHOST: THE MUSICAL Makes an Appearance at PPAC
Posted: Oct. 23, 2013


BWW Reviews: Ocean State Delivers Undeniable Holiday Spirit with MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, THE MUSICALBWW Reviews: Ocean State Delivers Undeniable Holiday Spirit with MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, THE MUSICAL
Posted: Dec. 7, 2013


BWW Reviews: Broadway's Outstanding ONCE Kicks Off National Tour at PPACBWW Reviews: Broadway's Outstanding ONCE Kicks Off National Tour at PPAC
Posted: Oct. 3, 2013


BWW Reviews: The Impossible Dream Falls Flat in Lackluster MAN OF LA MANCHA at PPACBWW Reviews: The Impossible Dream Falls Flat in Lackluster MAN OF LA MANCHA at PPAC
Posted: Feb. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews: Broadway Tour of ROCK OF AGES Brings Epic Rock Musical to PPACBWW Reviews: Broadway Tour of ROCK OF AGES Brings Epic Rock Musical to PPAC
Posted: Jan. 30, 2014


BWW Reviews: Theatre By the Sea Summer Ends with Splendid SPAMALOTBWW Reviews: Theatre By the Sea Summer Ends with Splendid SPAMALOT
August 27, 2014

For audience member's of a certain age, it's likely that they have heard of Monty Python. Younger audiences, on the other hand, may or may not want to do a quick Google search before seeing Monty Python's Spamalot at Theatre By the Sea. It all depends on just how surprised you are willling to be, just how comfortable you are at being caught off guard by a unique brand of comedy that Python's fans know only too well. Pre-show Googling or not, the true enjoyment of the show comes from just sitting back, relaxing and letting yoruself be wrapped in the warm embrace of some of the most weird, wacky, irreverant and witty comedy you ever likely to see in a Broadway musical.
BWW Reviews: Jackson Browne Offers Timeless Music at Soulful PPAC ShowBWW Reviews: Jackson Browne Offers Timeless Music at Soulful PPAC Show
August 22, 2014

Full disclosure here, right at the start. Before attending the concert at Providence Performing Arts Center, I had only heard of Jackson Browne in passing, had heard reference made to his music but had not heard his music, or at least that's what I believed. Chalk it up to my poor musical upbringing, having never been introduced in my youth to many great aritsts, Browne among them. Luckily, his acoustic tour made a stop here in Rhode Island and I was able to find out just why he is a legendary musician who can still bring a house down.
BWW Reviews: Mediocre MARY POPPINS Lands at Theatre By the SeaBWW Reviews: Mediocre MARY POPPINS Lands at Theatre By the Sea
July 28, 2014

When it comes to live theatre, there are many different ways to present it and at least two distinct camps. One is the minimalist, pared down production, often focused on story, dialogue, and character. The other is the big, highly technical spectacle filled with all sorts of theatrical magic tricks. With their current production of Mary Poppins, Theatre By the Sea has focused on the latter at the expense of the former, choosing gimmickry over truthful, enjoyable storytelling and characters. And unfortunately, that's only the beginning of the production's weak spots.
BWW Reviews: Versatile BECK Brings Endless Energy to Spectacular PPAC ConcertBWW Reviews: Versatile BECK Brings Endless Energy to Spectacular PPAC Concert
July 27, 2014

In the name of full disclosure, I will admit to having no idea what to expect upon arriving at Providence Performing Arts Center on Saturday night for Beck's one-night-only appearance. Beck's songs had certainly been part of the soundtrack of my early college years, back in the mid-to-late 1990s. Since, the, though, I truthfully had no idea what he had been up to. As it turns out, he's spent the better part of twenty years honing and fine tuning his skills as a singer, musician and all around entertainer, skills which he brought out in full force in front of the large and enthusiastic Providence crowd.
BWW Reviews: Perfectly Entertaining Mystery at 2nd Story Theatre's AND THEN THERE WERE NONEBWW Reviews: Perfectly Entertaining Mystery at 2nd Story Theatre's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
July 27, 2014

If there was an award for Rhode Island's current busiest man in show business, one of the nominees would absolutely have to be 2nd Story Theatre's Ed Shea. The company's Artistic Director is currently performing in the Downstage production of Freud's Last Session. Last night, in the Upstage space, he made an appearance and gave the curtain speech for Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, which he directed. During his visit upstairs, Shea spoke about summer stock theaters and how they once dotted the landscape in these parts. No longer as much of a presence as they once were, they featured a certain kind of theater experience, something lighter, more whimsical and fun than the weighty, thought-provoking works seen throughout the winter months. That sense of offering something entertaining and fun permeates his entire production of Christie's play, a perfect summertime treat of mystery and murder, tempered with the right amount of wit and whimsy.
BWW Interviews: RAIN Tour Brings Beatles Tribute Show to PPACBWW Interviews: RAIN Tour Brings Beatles Tribute Show to PPAC
June 17, 2014

It would be hard to argue that any musical group in the last century has had a more lasting impact than the Beatles. They are one of the most instantly recognizable and well-known bands in music history and have many of the most instantly recognizable and beloved songs in contemporary music. Those songs are still as popular and poweful today as they were when audiences first cheered and swooned for the band in the 1960s. Since then, there have been many tributes to the Beatles, including the smash hit Rain - A Musical Tribute To the Beatles. Now, this multi-media concert event which explores the lives and music of the fabulous foursome is rolling into Providence Performing Arts Center for one night only.
BWW Reviews: Ocean State Theatre Kicks Off Summer with Pitch-Perfect ALWAYS...PATSY CLINEBWW Reviews: Ocean State Theatre Kicks Off Summer with Pitch-Perfect ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE
June 9, 2014

Summer is the time when theatrical offerings often turn to lighter fare. Smaller, more serious dramas and tragedies give way to big, boisterous musicals filled with colors and costumes and eye-popping spectacle. Of course, there are countless toe-tapping show tunes to go along with all the family-friendly fun and frivolity. This summer, there is no better way to kick off your summer theater viewing than a stop in Warwick for Ocean State Theatre Company's production of Always...Patsy Cline.
BWW Reviews: Trinity Rep Ends Fiftieth Season with Uneven A LIE OF THE MINDBWW Reviews: Trinity Rep Ends Fiftieth Season with Uneven A LIE OF THE MIND
June 3, 2014

As the summer arrives, and many theater companies either end their season or switch to lighter, summer-friendly fare, one can look back and reflect on the theatrical offerings of the past year. There have without doubt been many weighty, dark, serious and thought-provoking plays on our area stages during fall and winter. Trinity Rep adds its own heavyweight into the final rounds of the season with their production of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind. Like much of Trinity's fiftieth season has been, it's a show that is uneven and, arguably, an underwhelming experience in the final analysis. Like many of the other recent similar theatrical offerings, it is also a show that is at times unquestionably riveting and spellbinding.
Wilbury Group's CABARET is a Surpisingly Dull, Disappointing Season EnderWilbury Group's CABARET is a Surpisingly Dull, Disappointing Season Ender
May 20, 2014

Since the earliest shows produced by The Wilbury Group, the company has grown by leaps and bounds, becoming a force in the Rhode Island theater scene. They've established themselves a fine young professional theater company and arrive now at the end of a theatrical season they can and should be proud of. On the other hand, their final show of this season seems to be a bit of a step backwards. Or, perhaps, a missed opportunity, as their production of the classic musical Cabaret is surprisingly and disappointingly safe and rather dull.
BWW Reviews: 2nd Story's BECKY'S NEW CAR Provides a Bumpy but Entertaining RideBWW Reviews: 2nd Story's BECKY'S NEW CAR Provides a Bumpy but Entertaining Ride
May 12, 2014

The two shows currently playing at 2nd Story Theater in Warren, RI were not originally scheduled as part of this year's season. They are both replacement shows, chosen by Artistic Director Ed Shea, who is quoted as saying that he wanted audiences to "have fun" and leave the theater "feeling joyful." Though I haven't seen the show playing in the DownStage space, Shea has certainly achieved that goal with the UpStage production, Becky's New Car, a play that, regardless of some faults, provides an evening of undeniable entertainment.
BWW Reviews: The Gamm Ends Season With Exceptional, Breathtaking BLACKBIRDBWW Reviews: The Gamm Ends Season With Exceptional, Breathtaking BLACKBIRD
May 6, 2014

Recently, Yankee Magazine, in their Editors' Choice Best of New England 2014 issue, awarded the title of "Best Intimate Theatre" to Rhode Island's own Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre. The Gamm's home in Pawtucket is intimate, there's no argument about that, a perfectly sized and perfectly utilized theatrical space. Proximity with the audience can at times be a risky bet, a chance for a company to live or die by the sword of theater that is very up close and personal. In the case of the Gamm, it is a bet they always win. Just one example is this season's final play, Blackbird, which again showcases how the space's intimacy can and does make great theater even more powerful and impactful.
BWW Reviews: PPAC Ends Its Season on Heavenly Note with THE BOOK OF MORMONBWW Reviews: PPAC Ends Its Season on Heavenly Note with THE BOOK OF MORMON
May 1, 2014

It's difficult to argue with anyone who says that Providence Performing Arts Center has had a spectacular season. You'd be hard pressed to find such an impressive collection of musical productions brought together during a single season anywhere. Of course, this is just what organizations like PPAC do, they put together impressive seasons filled with stunning theatrical spectacles, from newer shows, like Once and Ghost: The Musical, to all-time Broadway favorites like Phantom of the Opera and Man of La Mancha. The season ends on another high note with one last smash hit Broadway musical, both critically acclaimed and a fan-favorite, The Book of Mormon.
BWW Reviews: Counter-Productions Presents a Perfectly Delightful PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILEBWW Reviews: Counter-Productions Presents a Perfectly Delightful PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
April 21, 2014

Lately, it seems as if there's been something in the air in the Rhode Island theatre scene. Or maybe something in the drinking water. Something rather dark. There are a number of plays that have just ended, are running currently, or are about to open, which deal with very dark, disturbing or depressing themes and images. There's nothing inherently wrong with that, of course. And no rhyme or reason for why it's so pervasive right now, it's mere coincidence. Still, there's a lot of dark out there right now and it's nice to mix things up with lighter fare, perhaps something along the lines of the delightful production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, presented by Counter-Productions Theatre Company, which just closed at Ninety-Five Empire.
BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU at PPAC Lives Up to Its TitleBWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU at PPAC Lives Up to Its Title
April 16, 2014

It's not every rock band or musical act that could successfully create musical based on its many widely varying songs. There has to be a certain uniformity, power and resonance to the music, all of the music, carrying through many songs, rather than just one or two 'greatest hits.' And they have to be songs that can be strung together to create a cohesive whole that works as a musical with a plot, story, characters, etc. If there's any proof that it can be done, and done smashingly well, it's found in We Will Rock You, the 'rock theatrical' created through the combination of British writer Ben Elton and the music of Queen.
BWW Reviews: Great Performances Can't Save Epic Theatre's Tedious HURLYBURLYBWW Reviews: Great Performances Can't Save Epic Theatre's Tedious HURLYBURLY
April 13, 2014

David Rabe's Hurlyburly, currently presented by Epic Theatre Company at Theatre 82 in Cranston, explores some well-known territory. It's Los Angeles in the 1980s. We're in the apartment of a couple of wanna-be Hollywood players. Vulgar, crude, rough-around-the edges guys who are trying to make it big, or at least make it, in Hollywood. They don't seem to have much real ambition though, or much actual talent, intelligence or qualifications when it comes to achieving their dreams, such as they are. All they actually do is sit around all day and night, drinking, doing drugs and having sex. These are not the bright and shiny celebrity filmmakers of Hollywood. They are the underbelly of the city, and Rabe peels back the surface and exposes all of their nastiness, not to mention their loneliness, paranoia, insecurity, greed and misery.
BWW Reviews: Trinity Rep's VERONICA MEADOWS Turns Into a Confounding, Disappointing MysteryBWW Reviews: Trinity Rep's VERONICA MEADOWS Turns Into a Confounding, Disappointing Mystery
April 7, 2014

On some occasions, perhaps many, a great idea or concept almost effortlessly becomes a great play, movie, television show, etc. It's just the right combination of elements, brought together in exactly the right way, creating a perfect storm kind of event. On the other hand, there are many times when a great concept, a great idea, does not translate into a great finished product. Such is the case with Trinity Repertory Company's production of the brand new play Veronica Meadows, written by Trinity company member Stephen Thorne
BWW Reviews: Ocean State Theatre Company Puts on Powerhouse Production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANKBWW Reviews: Ocean State Theatre Company Puts on Powerhouse Production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
April 4, 2014

When Anne Frank wrote in her diary, she was not just expressing her honest and true feelings about her daily observations and experiences. She was recording for posterity a harrowing tale of how a group of people tried against all odds to survive one of the most terrible times in history. Anne's family and friends hid in an attic for just over two years while the Nazis occupied the Netherlands. While living in constant fear of being discovered and captured, Anne and the others did all they could to attempt a normal existence and hold on to some semblance of optimism and hope. Ocean State Theatre Company's production perfectly creates those moments of hope while at the same time truthfully revealing how these people's resilience and courage were tested every day.
BWW Reviews: 2nd Story Presents Fantastic, Fanciful Farce with LE DINDONBWW Reviews: 2nd Story Presents Fantastic, Fanciful Farce with LE DINDON
March 28, 2014

There's no denying it, it's been an awful winter. There are likely a number of scientific studies to back up that fact. It's been cold and grey and dismal for quite a while and the snow and ice are just now, at the end of March, starting to vanish completely. What better way is there to shrug off this dreary gray season than a bright, exuberant and riotously funny comic farce, live on stage? Have no fear, 2nd Story Theatre has exactly what you need with their current production of Le Dindon, by the master of French farce, Georges Feydeau.
BWW Reviews: PPAC Flashes Back to the '80s with Touring FLASHDANCE: THE MUSICALBWW Reviews: PPAC Flashes Back to the '80s with Touring FLASHDANCE: THE MUSICAL
March 26, 2014

When adapting movies into Broadway musicals, it certainly helps to start with a movie that revolves around singing and dancing. Or, at least, a movie that includes some kind of singing or dancing as a major part of the story or plot. That way, adding more singing and dancing should at least have a solid, logical starting point. It would seem, then, that the movie Flashdance is a perfect choice. It's right there in the title. The whole movie revolves aroundwait for itdance! Unfortunately, the Broadway touring production that is visiting PPAC takes a promising start and turns it into a long, bloated and mostly boring slog through two hours at the theater.
BWW Reviews: The Wilbury Group Stages a Fearless, Brutally Honest Production of BLASTEDBWW Reviews: The Wilbury Group Stages a Fearless, Brutally Honest Production of BLASTED
March 23, 2014

As an art form, theater is many things. It is entertaining. It is inspiring. It is thought-provoking. It can also be disturbing, challenging, provocative and divisive. Some might argue that this is exactly what theater should be and is meant to be. Something that elicits powerful emotions, both positive and negative, from an audience. Something that causes them to discuss, engage, and even argue with each other over what it all means. Love it or hate it, it's power to grab the audience and make them face a difficult reality cannot and will not be denied. This is exactly the kind of theater The Wilbury Group has created with their production of Sarah Kane's Blasted.


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