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BWW Review: Toe-Tapping 42ND STREET Tour Brings Sunny Song and Dance to Providence BWW Review: Toe-Tapping 42ND STREET Tour Brings Sunny Song and Dance to Providence
by Veronica Bruscini - March 25, 2017

When it comes to classic song-and-dance theater, it doesn't get much more "Broadway" than 42ND STREET. The show is breezy and buoyant, a carefree love letter to the Great White Way and to the art of the stage musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: Resplendent LION KING Reigns Supreme at Providence Performing Arts Center BWW Review: Resplendent LION KING Reigns Supreme at Providence Performing Arts Center
by Veronica Bruscini - March 04, 2017

The touring production of THE LION KING now playing at the Providence Performing Arts Center is absolutely exceptional. One would be hard-pressed to find a finer or stronger assembly of actors, singers, and dancers than this remarkable company.... (more...)
BWW Review: Very Silly but Funny MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON'S at 2ND STORY THEATRE BWW Review: Very Silly but Funny MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON'S at 2ND STORY THEATRE
by Larry O'Brien - February 19, 2017

2nd Story Theatre in Warren is currently offering Sam Bobrick and Ron Clark's 1979 classic MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON'S. Did I say classic? What I meant was a shallow, pithy, superficial, farcical, and light-weight comedy. Bobrick and Clarke cut their teeth writing tv comedy for some of the smarte... (more...)
BWW Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS a Triumphant Adventure for the Rhode Island Stage Ensemble BWW Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS a Triumphant Adventure for the Rhode Island Stage Ensemble
by Veronica Bruscini - February 18, 2017

RISE's production of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, under the skillful direction of Gordon Dell, is polished to a gleaming shine, keeping the narrative's pace tight and fast and timing each quick-witted punchline to perfection.... (more...)
BWW Review: Festival Ballet Providence's World Premiere ROMEO & JULIET is a Thoroughly World-Class Production BWW Review: Festival Ballet Providence's World Premiere ROMEO & JULIET is a Thoroughly World-Class Production
by Veronica Bruscini - February 11, 2017

Festival Ballet Providence's fresh, vibrant staging of the classic ROMEO & JULIET is nothing short of a masterpiece, an absolute triumph for the dancers and artistic team involved in its creation.... (more...)
BWW Review: BORN YESTERDAY at Ocean State Theatre Company is Scary/Funny BWW Review: BORN YESTERDAY at Ocean State Theatre Company is Scary/Funny
by Larry O'Brien - January 28, 2017

On opening night, Garson Kanin's BORN YESTERDAY had 'em rolling in the aisles at the Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC) in Warwick. Actually, the first act had 'em rolling in the aisles; the second act had 'em marching in the streets.... (more...)
BWW Review: See  SEACAPE at 2ND STORY THEATRE BWW Review: See SEACAPE at 2ND STORY THEATRE
by Larry O'Brien - January 18, 2017

SEASCAPE, Edward Albee's 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning comic-drama is getting a very entertaining production at Warren's 2nd Story Theatre. SEASCAPE is a quirky, compelling examination of the meaning of life, how we got, and where we go, from here. On a deserted beach, an older couple (Ed Shea and S... (more...)
Spectacular A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is a Must-See at PPAC Spectacular A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is a Must-See at PPAC
by Robert Barossi - December 07, 2016

It's true that there are countless musicals from yesteryear that are, and always will be, timeless classics. On the other hand, there is also a constant flow of new material being created, which runs the gamut in terms of quality and success. Many of these new works do not succeed the way that the a... (more...)
BWW Review: Phenomenal PIANO GUYS Bring Inspired Musicianship to the Ocean State BWW Review: Phenomenal PIANO GUYS Bring Inspired Musicianship to the Ocean State
by Veronica Bruscini - December 03, 2016

Rhode Island music lovers received an early Christmas present this week. THE PIANO GUYS took center stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Thursday, dazzling the jam-packed house with an absolutely sensational and unforgettable evening of story and song.... (more...)
BWW Review: Love PRELUDE TO A KISS at 2nd Story Theatre BWW Review: Love PRELUDE TO A KISS at 2nd Story Theatre
by Larry O'Brien - November 25, 2016

With PRELUDE TO A KISS, the current offering at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren, RI, playwright Craig Lucas came up with a realistically magical take on the Hollywood formula, boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl back. Apparently this theme predates even Hollywood: on the way home from the thea... (more...)
BWW Review: Unique and Hilarious JAMES FRANCO AND ME At Epic Theatre Company BWW Review: Unique and Hilarious JAMES FRANCO AND ME At Epic Theatre Company
by Andria Tieman - November 21, 2016

James Franco and Me is an idea that could only have come from the brain of Kevin Broccoli.  Set in a hospital waiting room as the protagonist waits for his father to die, this play becomes a kind of meta commentary on life, celebrity, loss, failure and friendship.  Featuring 13 different actors as J... (more...)
BWW Review: No Humbug Here - Trinity Rep's Spirited CHRISTMAS CAROL Rings in the Season BWW Review: No Humbug Here - Trinity Rep's Spirited CHRISTMAS CAROL Rings in the Season
by Veronica Bruscini - November 17, 2016

Every year, Trinity Repertory Company adds a new spin to its beloved adaptation of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This year's production is no exception; in fact, the 2016 Christmas Carol is one of Trinity's most unique and intriguing Yuletide offerings to date.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE FINAL VOYAGE OF X MINUS ONE at Counter-Productions Theatre Company BWW Review: THE FINAL VOYAGE OF X MINUS ONE at Counter-Productions Theatre Company
by Andria Tieman - November 14, 2016

As a theatre reviewer, I have the privilege of watching all kinds of productions. Everything from Shakespeare to locally-written original works is up for grabs. Occasionally, though, one needs to bring in an expert, which is what I opted to do for my review of The Final Voyage of X Minus One at AS22... (more...)
BWW Review: UP CLOSE ON HOPE at Festival Ballet Providence BWW Review: UP CLOSE ON HOPE at Festival Ballet Providence
by Andria Tieman - November 08, 2016

Once again Festival Ballet has put together an Up Close on Hope fall program that is both beautiful and exciting. This year the focus was on shorter pieces, many choreographed by resident choreographer Viktor Plotnikov, as well as Yury Yanowsky and resident dancer Ty Parmenter. While the short piec... (more...)
BWW Review: DOUBT at Ocean State Theatre Company BWW Review: DOUBT at Ocean State Theatre Company
by Robert Barossi - November 07, 2016

In the five years since arriving in their brand new space in Warwick, Ocean State Theatre Company has quickly become among the top tier of theater companies in our region, consistently producing plays and musicals of the highest quality. That trend continues with their current riveting production of... (more...)
BWW Review: Something Truly Wonderful - THE KING AND I National Tour Debuts at PPAC BWW Review: Something Truly Wonderful - THE KING AND I National Tour Debuts at PPAC
by Veronica Bruscini - November 03, 2016

The much-acclaimed Lincoln Center staging of THE KING AND I celebrates a triumphant start to its national tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center. This jewel of a production is so utterly exceptional in every detail, words of praise scarcely seem to do it justice. Simply put, this is one of ... (more...)
BWW Review: FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIRE DE LUNE at 2nd Story Theatre BWW Review: FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIRE DE LUNE at 2nd Story Theatre
by Larry O'Brien - October 28, 2016

First of all, I was supposed to write a review last month of Charles Morey's adaptation THE LADIES MAN by Georges Feydeau. Unfortunately, the elevator was out of service and, since I get around in a wheelchair, so was I. I finally got to see it the night it closed; It was the night of the full Hunte... (more...)
BWW Review: Rhode Island Stage Ensemble on the Case in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES BWW Review: Rhode Island Stage Ensemble on the Case in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
by Veronica Bruscini - October 15, 2016

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, one of the most popular and mysterious incidents in Holmes' famed casebook, is an ideally atmospheric selection to stage just as dark, chilly autumn evenings settle in over New England. This HOUND is a solid offering for the community-based players and artists at RISE... (more...)
BWW Review: Granite's YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN Brings the Peanuts Gang to South County BWW Review: Granite's YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN Brings the Peanuts Gang to South County
by Veronica Bruscini - October 15, 2016

A 'good grief!' or two will ring out in Westerly this month as the Granite Theatre welcomes the smash musical hit YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN to its stage.... (more...)
BWW Review: Wilbury Group Starts the Season With Exciting UI [OO-EY] BWW Review: Wilbury Group Starts the Season With Exciting UI [OO-EY]
by Robert Barossi - September 20, 2016

There is a current trend in Hollywood to combine movies in a way that creates a 'cinematic universe.' This allows studios to create a number of movies that are all connected and can be tied together, usually because of a shared world of characters, think Marvel superheroes or the famous Universal St... (more...)
BWW Review: Renaissance City Theatre Brews Strong BLACK COFFEE at the Granite BWW Review: Renaissance City Theatre Brews Strong BLACK COFFEE at the Granite
by Veronica Bruscini - September 10, 2016

Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's most celebrated sleuth, is on the case at Westerly's historic Granite Theatre. The Belgian detective steps into the footlights in the rarely performed BLACK COFFEE, Christie's first stage play. Renaissance City Theatre does the script full justice, delivering a we... (more...)
BWW Review: Heavenly SISTER ACT at Theatre By The Sea BWW Review: Heavenly SISTER ACT at Theatre By The Sea
by Andria Tieman - August 22, 2016

Theatre By The Sea finished out an exceptional season with a heart-warming, hilarious and perfectly executed SISTER ACT. This production is the cherry on top of an incredible season full of phenomenal performances, stunning costumes and mind-blowing sets.  With SISTER ACT, Theatre By The Sea firmly ... (more...)
BWW Review: Sidesplitting THE BOYS OF ST. MATTHEW'S PRESENT LES LIAISONES DANGEREUSES BWW Review: Sidesplitting THE BOYS OF ST. MATTHEW'S PRESENT LES LIAISONES DANGEREUSES
by Andria Tieman - August 09, 2016

After last year's uproarious The Boys of St. Matthew's Present Tartuffe, Epic Theatre Company's boys are back in town with THE BOYS OF ST. MATTHEW'S PRESENT LES LIAISONES DANGEREUSES.  For those who may be unfamiliar with the premise--the boys of St. Matthew's are a pack of Catholic school boys with... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE SUNSHINE BOYS at 2ND STORY THEATRE BWW Reviews: THE SUNSHINE BOYS at 2ND STORY THEATRE
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BWW Review: DAMN YANKEES at Ocean State Theater Company Lose Some But Winsome BWW Review: DAMN YANKEES at Ocean State Theater Company Lose Some But Winsome
by Larry O'Brien - July 11, 2016

Ocean State Theater Company (OSTC) opens its summer season with the 1955 Tony Award winning musical, DAMN YANKEES. The show may be sixty years old, but as long as the Yankees play ball and there are fans that despise them, it will have a place in many a heart.... (more...)