Robert Barossi

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 Review: Stellar Ensemble Soars in Wilbury Group's Fantastic STUPID F#%*ING BIRDBWW Review: Stellar Ensemble Soars in Wilbury Group's Fantastic STUPID F#%*ING BIRD
Posted: Jan. 26, 2016


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BWW Reviews: Ocean State Theatre Company Sings Out with Glorious GYPSYBWW Reviews: Ocean State Theatre Company Sings Out with Glorious GYPSY
Posted: Jul. 12, 2015


BWW Reviews: DIANA KRALL Brings Unmistakable Talent and Style to PPAC with WALLFLOWER WORLD TOURBWW Reviews: DIANA KRALL with WALLFLOWER WORLD TOUR
Posted: Mar. 5, 2015


BWW Reviews: JOHN MELLENCAMP Shows No Sign of Slowing Down at Rocking PPAC ShowBWW Reviews: JOHN MELLENCAMP Shows No Sign of Slowing Down
Posted: Apr. 17, 2015


BWW Reviews: The Gamm's Sublime THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES Surprises in Many WaysBWW Reviews: The Gamm's Sublime THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES Surprises in Many Ways
Posted: Mar. 12, 2015


BWW Review: Ocean State Theatre Gives the Gift of Holiday Musical Perfection in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFEBWW Review: Ocean State Theatre Gives the Gift of Holiday Perfection in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Posted: Dec. 7, 2015


BWW Review: Stellar Ensemble Soars in Wilbury Group's Fantastic STUPID F#%*ING BIRDBWW Review: Stellar Ensemble Soars in Wilbury Group's Fantastic STUPID F#%*ING BIRD
January 26, 2016

There's a moment in the play Stupid F#%*ing Bird, currently playing at The Wilbury Group, where a character talks about how contemporary theaters adapt and reimagine Shakespeare. Certainly, it's always a tricky proposition, reconfiguring a classic work and attempting to bring it into the current era while maintaining all the aspects, themes and characteristics that made it great. Or, at least, finding a way to reshape it so it will hold up in front of today's audiences, keeping them engaged and entertained within of our modern-day context. As written by Aaron Posner, adapted from the classic Anton Chekhov play The Seagull, Bird is a play that more than holds its own as a thought provoking, entertaining and hilarious modern take on a theatrical classic.
BWW Review: Ocean State Theatre Gives the Gift of Holiday Musical Perfection in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFEBWW Review: Ocean State Theatre Gives the Gift of Holiday Musical Perfection in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
December 7, 2015

The holiday season brings many things, including some important seasonal debates. Real tree or fake? Multi-colored lights or just white? Your family, the in-laws or both? And among those yearly discussions is which holiday theatrical production to enjoy. This year, if you choose to see just one holiday play or musical during the season, the one to see is at Ocean State Theatre Company.
BWW Review: Wilbury Group Finds What's Real in Fantastic PASSING STRANGEBWW Review: Wilbury Group Finds What's Real in Fantastic PASSING STRANGE
November 30, 2015

The struggle to find something real, something true or something meaningful, in life is certainly something everyone can relate to. All of us, or most of us, at least, spend some or maybe even all of our lives searching for just that. True love. Meaningful work. Artistic expression that has a real impact. Our true selves. Searching for these things is at the heart of our lives and our life's work. And it's at the heart of the excellent musical Passing Strange, now receiving it's Rhode Island premiere at The Wilbury Group.
BWW Review: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL Brings the Music to PPAC In All the Best WaysBWW Review: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL Brings the Music to PPAC In All the Best Ways
November 4, 2015

Any music fan trying to own a copy of every record ever put out by a Motown artists would end up with a very large collection. Or, in this day and age, a very full iPod. Even trying to have copies of the just biggest hits of Motown would lead one to amass a lengthy playlist. There's no denying that Motown Records changed the world of music forever, leaving an impact on not only fans of the music, but also our culture and society at large. And like filling that aforementioned iPod, trying to fill a musical with all of those huge hits is also a tall order, one that Motown: The Musical, now playing at Providence Performing Arts Center, accomplishes with a high level of success.
BWW Review: Ocean State Theatre Kicks Off Season with Frightfully Disappointing THE ADDAMS FAMILYBWW Review: Ocean State Theatre Kicks Off Season with Frightfully Disappointing THE ADDAMS FAMILY
October 5, 2015

There are certainly no perfect formulas for creating the perfect musical. Lately, it seems that many new shows are following one of two "tried and true" formulas for success, both of which can actually lead to pretty epic failure. One is trying to turn something like a movie, television show, cartoon or comic book into a musical. The second is trying to create a musical that has something for everyone, a show that tries to please every audience member with a little bit of everything. The Addams Family, which kicks off the new season at Ocean State Theatre Company, is an example of how both of those formulas sometimes fall very, very flat.
BWW Review: Odeum Theater Brings Hilarious MST3K WEEKEND to East GreenwichBWW Review: Odeum Theater Brings Hilarious MST3K WEEKEND to East Greenwich
September 20, 2015

There's no denying that Rhode Island has numerous venues for exciting entertainment events. There are the big ones that are well-known, like Providence Performing Arts Center and The Vets in downtown Providence. But there are also a number of smaller venues throughout the state, like the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket and the Odeum in East Greenwich, which also bring in great events. This weekend, the ninety year old theater tucked into historic buildings along Main Street in East Greenwich is hosting a two-day event celebrating the hit comedy TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000.
BWW Review: Burbage Theatre Company Sings a Beautiful LOVE SONGBWW Review: Burbage Theatre Company Sings a Beautiful LOVE SONG
August 31, 2015

Plays, like anything else, come in all shapes and sizes. There are the extra-long, three hour epics. And there are the much shorter forms, such as one-acts, which can sometimes be just as epic. You can certainly craft an exceptional piece of drama in a short period of time, even something as short as ten minutes. On the other hand, some of these shorter works can feel like a story and a journey cut too short, leaving the audience wanting more, and such is the case with John Kolvenbach's Love Song, currently being presented by Burbage Theatre Company at Aurora Providence.
BWW Review: Out Loud Theatre Presents Unique, Fascinating Take on JANE EYREBWW Review: Out Loud Theatre Presents Unique, Fascinating Take on JANE EYRE
August 15, 2015

Adapting a work of literary fiction into a stage play is always tricky. Especially so if it's something extremely well-known and beloved, something that has stood the test of time, something considered a classic. The novels of the Bronte sisters have been the subject of adaptations many times over, in a variety of mediums and each one with its own strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures. Polly Teale's recent stage version of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre proves that an adaptation can breathe new, unique life into a well-known tale while honoring and maintaining the classic and beloved story.
BWW Reviews: Garrison Keillor Brings A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION - THE AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL TOUR to PPACBWW Reviews: Garrison Keillor Brings A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION - THE AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL TOUR to PPAC
August 10, 2015

There is unquestionably something to be said for reliability and comfort. For things that are familiar to us or make us feel at home. There is something wonderful about that feeling when you are experiencing something that you know so well and have enjoyed so many times before. That feeling that you not only know what to expect, but know it will be very, very good. Provicence Performing Arts Center is always reliable in that you know they are bringing our area the best cultural, artistic and entertainment options around. The most recent example of this is this past weekend's arrival of Garrison Keillor and his A Priarie Home Companion - The America The Beautiful Tour.
BWW Reviews: Ocean State Theatre Company Sings Out with Glorious GYPSYBWW Reviews: Ocean State Theatre Company Sings Out with Glorious GYPSY
July 12, 2015

While it seems that some musicals are constantly produced and have been seen by every theatergoer alive, others seem more elusive. For example, there's no good explanation for why so many people have mentioned recently that they've never seen the musical Gypsy. 'Oh, I know the songs,' they all say. Immediately followed by, 'But I've never seen the actual show.' If you are among that number, Ocean State Theatre Company has just what you need, a nearly perfect production of this classic and beloved musical. And if you are not one of those people, and you have seen the show before, you should definitely take this opportunity to see it again.
BWW Interviews: Josh Short of The Wilbury Group Talks 2nd Annual PROVIDENCE FRINGE FESTIVALBWW Interviews: Josh Short of The Wilbury Group Talks 2nd Annual PROVIDENCE FRINGE FESTIVAL
June 30, 2015

According to the United States Association of Fringe Festivals, the idea of a Fringe started in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947. Since the beginning of that most-famous Fringe, other festivals have sprouted up all over the United States, from Philly to San Diego and places in between. The Association describes a Fringe as "Focused on the performing artsuncensoredeasy to participate inoriginalrapid-fire." This July, Providence will have it's second-ever Fringe festival, produced by one of our local theatre companies, The Wilbury Group and its Artistic Director, Josh Short.
Broadway Tour of KINKY BOOTS Brings Perfect Musical Magic to PPACBroadway Tour of KINKY BOOTS Brings Perfect Musical Magic to PPAC
June 10, 2015

Plays and musicals have, since the very beginning, found ways to get us to face important issues and problems in new and surprising ways. Musicals, esepcailly, can be unexpected in how they bring together a story that, in the end, is wonderfully relatable, human and filled with emotional and important moments, even though it's wrapped in such an unusual package. The Broadway smash hit musical Kinky Boots succeeds exceptionally well at doing just that, creating a big, bright fun musical entertainment that also delivers a timely and important message in a believable way.
BWW Reviews: Epic Theatre's Season Closes with Suprisingly Safe ORLANDOBWW Reviews: Epic Theatre's Season Closes with Suprisingly Safe ORLANDO
June 7, 2015

Issues surrounding gender and gender equality have always been important and deserving of attention and discussion. At this moment, these issues seem to be especially at the forefront of our conversations across this country and beyond. It seems like the perfect moment for a play that focuses on these issues in a fascinating and engaging way. Unfortunately, the production at Epic Theatre of Sarah Ruhl's Orlando fails to fulfill it's potential for generating those important questions and conversations. It does the opposite, seemingly playing it safe and keeping those important issues at a great distance from the audience.
BWW Reviews: Wilbury Group Ends Season with Spectacular, Must-See NEXT TO NORMALBWW Reviews: Wilbury Group Ends Season with Spectacular, Must-See NEXT TO NORMAL
May 30, 2015

Some great musicals are great because they take us to another time, another place, perhaps another world entirely, one unrecognizable and filled with magic and fantasy. Others are great because they offer us a realistic and recognizable image of our own lives, a mirror in which we see our struggles, hopes, joys, failures and successes. The really great ones do so while offering an audience a captivating story, deeply developed and universally human characters, stunning music and unforgettable songs with amazing lyrics. One such musical is Next To Normal, now playing as the final show in The Wilbury Group's current season.
BWW Reviews: Monsters Among Us at Mixed Magic Theatre's FRANKENSTEINBWW Reviews: Monsters Among Us at Mixed Magic Theatre's FRANKENSTEIN
May 18, 2015

There is a very famous episode of the classic TV show The Twilight Zone called 'The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.' The episode dramatizes the concepts of how and why people might in fact turn into monsters. It demands that the viewer ask 'who are the real monsters?' and 'is it us?' These sorts of questions about monsters and how they are created have been around for many years. One of the most famous, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, is now receiving a new and fascinating adaptation at Mixed Magic Theatre.
BWW Reviews: Family Dysfunction Brought to Life in Epic Theatre's ABSALOMBWW Reviews: Family Dysfunction Brought to Life in Epic Theatre's ABSALOM
May 18, 2015

Family dynamics and dysfunction are well-worn territory for writers, artists, singers and all other creative types. Themes that run through family dramas are among the most universal themes a writer can employ. They are the stories that we all experience, instantly recognizable and relatable. In her play Absalom, now being presented by EPIC Theatre Company, Zoe Kazan mines these stories and universal human experiences for a tale that is all too familiar, for better or worse.
BWW Reviews: Gamm Theatre's Up and Down Season Ends With Timely MARIE ANTOINETTEBWW Reviews: Gamm Theatre's Up and Down Season Ends With Timely MARIE ANTOINETTE
May 11, 2015

At times, it can be hard to imagine that there was ever a period in history when society was as celebrity-obsessed as we are right now. With the internet, social media, Twitter, 24-hour cable news and everything else, information about the rich and famous is everywhere, all the time. It seems impossible to avoid and seems that the public's appetite for it is insatiable. On the other hand, David Adjmi's play Marie Antoinette, now playing at the Gamm Theatre, casts the famous French queen in much the same kind of world. And while the uneven play doesn't offer much that's new or original, it does provide another lens through which we can view and examine our own society and it's problems.
BWW Reviews: OUT LOUD Theatre Immerses the Audience in Brilliant RHINOCEROSBWW Reviews: OUT LOUD Theatre Immerses the Audience in Brilliant RHINOCEROS
April 25, 2015

Theater is often at its best when it is unconventional. Surprising. Innovative. While there is certainly merit in sticking to the old-fashioned and traditional ways of doing things, there's also great value in doing something new and outside-the-box. The success of doing so depends on many things, from the technical aspects of a production to the ability of the actors to create and tell the story in ways the audience can relate to, even in unfamiliar trappings. So far in the short lifespan of OUT LOUD Theatre, the company has excelled in doing just that, masterful storytelling that is delivered in creative and exciting ways.
BWW Reviews: JOHN MELLENCAMP Shows No Sign of Slowing Down at Rocking PPAC ShowBWW Reviews: JOHN MELLENCAMP Shows No Sign of Slowing Down at Rocking PPAC Show
April 17, 2015

Famous celebrities, singers, musicians, actors and the like, can often seem almost other-worldly. As if they're from some other dimension or planet, different from ours, one we'll never fully experience or understand. Others, though, seem so remarkably a part of our world and a familiar resident in it that the quality becomes one of their calling cards. For his entire decade-spanning career, John Mellencamp has been one of those artists. He has always had an everyman quality, as if he has worked the same jobs we have, dreamed the same dreams, lived the same life and had the same experiences. And, of course, he has had some of those same dreams and experiences, he's just been able to craft them into songs which have more than stood the test of time and still have as much relevance and power as on the day he wrote them.
BWW Reviews: Fast and Furious Fun at Trinity Rep's A FLEA IN HER EARBWW Reviews: Fast and Furious Fun at Trinity Rep's A FLEA IN HER EAR
April 13, 2015

Door-slamming farce can be a tough beast to tame. There's often so much going on, so much quick-moving action, doors opening and closing, characters literally running from place to place, that it can easily devolve into a confused mess. And there are usually so many witty retorts and double entendres, also often delivered very quickly, that they can sometimes be missed altogether. Luckily, in the hands of Trinity Repertory Company, A Flea in Her Ear by Georges Feydeau, is handled with near-perfect precision.


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