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Erica Cataldi-Roberts

A life-long Rhode Islander, Erica has been an avid theatre-goer since being taken to children's shows at the Warwick Musical Theatre. She is also an academic librarian in Boston, an equestrian, a former ballet dancer, and working on a horror novel about supernatural bears. Follow her on Twitter: @FrontCenterECR



BWW Review: ASSASSINS at The Gamm Theatre Hits the Mark PhotoBWW Review: ASSASSINS at The Gamm Theatre Hits the Mark
Posted: Mar. 10, 2020

BWW Review: JQA at The Gamm Theatre PhotoBWW Review: JQA at The Gamm Theatre
Posted: Oct. 30, 2019

BWW Review: Absolutely Magical ALADDIN at the Providence Performing Arts Center PhotoBWW Review: Absolutely Magical ALADDIN at the Providence Performing Arts Center
Posted: Nov. 1, 2019

BWW Review: ASSASSINS at The Gamm Theatre Hits the Mark
March 10, 2020

ASSASSINS, the 1990 Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman show featuring the stories of nine successful and would-be presidential assassins, may seem like an odd choice of subject for a musical, particularly as the first musical in the Gamm Theatre's 35 season history. However, with inventive staging and a top-notch cast guided by artistic director Tony Estrella, this selection pays off.

BWW Review: Absolutely Magical ALADDIN at the Providence Performing Arts Center
November 1, 2019

Nearly six years after opening on Broadway and 27 years after appearing as a beloved animated Disney film, the national touring cast of the musical ALADDIN soars into the Providence Performing Arts Center. This version of the story contains many callbacks to the original 1992 film, but also adds many new elements, such as new songs, new characters, and even a new spin on the Genie. No matter one's familiarity with the source material, audience goers are in for a flashy and thoroughly entertaining evening, suitable for adults and children alike.

BWW Review: JQA at The Gamm Theatre
October 30, 2019

When it comes to United States history, it can be easy to gloss over the period between the early 1800s to the cusp of the Civil War. The generation who lived during this forgotten era, however, faced no less tumultuous times than we do in modern times. Aaron Posner's play, JQA, specifically looks at this time period through the eyes of John Quincy Adams, who, as the son of founding father John Adams, and later a statesman in his own right, was uniquely poised to survey the era's ups and downs. Through the use of fictionalized encounters with some of America's most dynamic figures, the political and personal issues raised in JQA are as relevant now as they've ever been.

BWW Review: Fantastic WAITING FOR GODOT at The Wilbury Theatre Group
October 6, 2019

Samuel Beckett's classic play, WAITING FOR GODOT, opens the Wilbury Theatre Group's 2019/2020 Main Series with a production that gets to the heart of the text a?" at equal turns funny, philosophic, and sad.

BWW Review: Captivating QUEEN MARGARET at Head Trick Theatre
July 14, 2019

Head Trick Theatre opens their 2019-2020 season, "In War With Time," with Jennifer Dick's small cast adaptation of the play QUEEN MARGARET, which takes a closer look at Margaret of Anjou. A character in several of Shakespeare's "history plays," she is finally given her time in the spotlight, with a fuller look at her role in the 15th century War of the Roses. The audience is left to decide whether she is a hero or a villain.

BWW Review: DADA WOOF PAPA HOT at Epic Theatre Company
June 9, 2019

DADA WOOF PAPA HOT, the 2015 play by Peter Parnell, attempts to grapple with the complications gay couples may face after gaining marriage equality, and whether it's possible to avoid some of the same traps that straight couples also face. Epic Theatre Company's production, directed by Theodore Clement (previously the Artistic Director of Counter-Productions Theatre Company) is well-cast and makes some interesting choices, but is sometimes hampered by the source material itself.

BWW Review: FUN HOME at The Wilbury Theatre Group
May 26, 2019

The Wilbury Theatre Group is closing out their 2018-2019 main series season with FUN HOME, the musical based on the highly acclaimed 2006 graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Fun Home, directed here by Josh Short, deals with both Bechdel's coming of age, as well as her coming out, but is as much her entire family's story than just hers alone.

BWW Review: Twisty GIDION'S KNOT at Counter-Productions Theatre Company
May 20, 2019

Counter-Productions Theatre Company's GIDION'S KNOT may run at just about an hour in length, but their effective production of this one-act play, directed by Kira Hawkridge, leaves the audience with plenty to mull over.

BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at the Providence Performing Arts Center
May 11, 2019

As an older Millennial, songs by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons have always been part of the landscape during my lifetime, on the radio, in stores, etc. But who were the men behind the music? Enter JERSEY BOYS, subtitled 'The Story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons' which is exactly that, portraying the rise, success, and eventual decline of the popular 1960s group.

BWW Review: Fantastic and Fantastical GOBLIN MARKET at Head Trick Theatre
March 31, 2019

Head Trick Theatre closes out their spectacular 2018-2019 season with the musical GOBLIN MARKET, directed by Rebecca Maxfield. Based on the 19th century poem by Christina Rossetti, the verses have been adapted for the stage by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon.

BWW Review: Epic Theatre Company's THE REVOLUTIONISTS
February 10, 2019

Comedic and thought-provoking are both accurate terms for Epic Theatre Company's Rhode Island premiere of Lauren Gunderson's 2018 play, THE REVOLUTIONISTS.

BWW Review: AN ILIAD at Trinity Repertory Company
February 8, 2019

"Every time I sing this song, I hope it's the last time," states the Poet, our guide through the one-man show AN ILIAD, currently playing at Trinity Rep.

BWW Review: CATS is Still the Cat's Meow
January 28, 2019

The national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical CATS has kicked off in Providence and, based on Thursday night's performance, this revival is in exceedingly fine form.

BWW Review: Festival Ballet Providence's THE NUTCRACKER
December 22, 2018

Festival Ballet Providence's annual production of THE NUTCRACKER is a highlight of the Christmas season. Although some aspects of the production remain the same from one year to the next, there are always some small changes, and the show is no less affecting upon repeated viewings.

BWW Review: Contemporary Theater Company's Delightful LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
October 29, 2018

When it comes to Halloween season musicals, few are as appropriate as LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - an ever growing plant with a taste for human blood, a sadistic dentist, and the potential loss of everything you've ever dreamed of? There's plenty to feel uneasy about. Fortunately the show balances out the potential terror with a sizeable dose of charm and humor, both ably represented in the Contemporary Theater Company's (CTC) production of Little Shop, playing through November 18th at their space in downtown Wakefield, Rhode Island.

BWW Review: Head Trick Theatre's Riveting WATCH ON THE RHINE at AS220
October 14, 2018

Head Trick Theatre continues to perform thought-provoking, timely productions with their latest piece, Lillian Hellman's 1941 play, WATCH ON THE RHINE.

BWW Review: Semi-Charmed BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE at the Granite Theatre
October 14, 2018

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE, playing at Westerly's Granite Theatre through October 28th, is the perfect choice of a play for this month, when thoughts of Halloween and all things spooky and mystical are in the air.

BWW Review: Colorful JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Continues Theatre By The Sea's 85th Year Celebration
July 29, 2018

Moreso than many other shows, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is a musical that is rife for reinvention, and the current production at Theatre By the Sea, directed and choreographed by Richard Sabellico, has also been given its own unique spin.

BWW Review: OUT LOUD Theatre's Haunting ESCAPE
June 11, 2018

ESCAPE, the second installment of OUT LOUD Theatre's sixth season, is a thoroughly original, thoroughly engrossing movement piece that brings the audience along on the varied journey of emotions surrounding the loss of a loved one. Have Kleenex at the ready.

BWW Review: Theatre By the Sea's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Gets the Joint Jumpin'
June 3, 2018

Theatre By the Sea's 85th season starts off with a bang with the 1978 musical revue AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'. Using the songs of famed African-American jazz pianist and composer Thomas "Fats" Waller, every aspect of Theatre By the Sea's rollicking production comes together to create as close to the experience of attending a 1930's Harlem nightclub as is possible in 2018.