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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Stroll Down Memory Lane with CityRep's A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINEStroll Down Memory Lane with CityRep's A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE
Posted: Sep. 16, 2017


Lyric Theatre Rocks the Plaza With Spectacular ROCK OF AGESLyric Theatre Rocks the Plaza With Spectacular ROCK OF AGES
Posted: Oct. 12, 2017


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BWW Review: Wonderfully Fun and Entertaining DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Sooner TheatreBWW Review: Wonderfully Fun and Entertaining DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
Posted: Apr. 3, 2017


BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's DISNEY'S WHEN YOU WISH Brings Must-See Magic to the Civic CenterBWW Review: Lyric Theatre's DISNEY'S WHEN YOU WISH Brings Must-See Magic to the Civic Center
Posted: Jul. 12, 2017


BWW Review: Pollard's BRING IT ON is Campy Fun at its FinestBWW Review: Pollard's BRING IT ON is Campy Fun at its Finest
Posted: Jun. 13, 2017


BWW Review: BUS STOP at Jewel Box Theatre is a Trip Worth TakingBWW Review: BUS STOP at Jewel Box Theatre is a Trip Worth Taking
Posted: Mar. 6, 2017


BWW Review: Fanciful, Family-Friendly JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Lyric TheatreBWW Review: Fanciful, Family-Friendly JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Lyric Theatre
Posted: Apr. 3, 2017


Lyric Theatre Rocks the Plaza With Spectacular ROCK OF AGESLyric Theatre Rocks the Plaza With Spectacular ROCK OF AGES
October 12, 2017

There are few decades that elicit the kind of immediate, emotional and visceral response that you get when you mention the 1980s to anyone who was around during that era. There's just something about the 80s. The movies, the pop culture, the music, the politics, everything that went on during that decade seems to be somehow extra unique or extra special, especially to those who lived during those times. The hair band glam rock of the 80s gets the musical treatment in Rock of Ages, now running at the Lyric Theatre's home on the Plaza.

Stroll Down Memory Lane with CityRep's A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINEStroll Down Memory Lane with CityRep's A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE
September 16, 2017

There have been many great singers who left an indelible mark on the music industry and who created music that has stood the test of time long after their voices fell silent. Among them is an undeniable country music legend who changed the game in many ways and blazed a trail for numerous female country artists to follow, the incomparable Patsy Cline. Although her life and career were cut tragically short in 1963, Cline's music and voice are still instantly recognizable and her impact is still felt in the country music world even today. To open their season, CityRep is currently presenting a show that provides a window into the life of the legendary singer and a chance to hear many of her most beloved songs, sung live on stage. While A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline does succeed in bringing to life those songs in quite spectacular fashion, the show as a whole is a mixed bag, an odd combination of disparate and at times frustrating elements that never really gel into a cohesive whole.

BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's DISNEY'S WHEN YOU WISH Brings Must-See Magic to the Civic CenterBWW Review: Lyric Theatre's DISNEY'S WHEN YOU WISH Brings Must-See Magic to the Civic Center
July 12, 2017

It's undeniable that just saying the word 'Disney' conjures up an instant image, thought or feeling in a person's mind and maybe heart as well. The world created by Walt Disney has become a worldwide empire spanning everything from amusement parks to movies to merchandise of all kinds. Much of that involves iconic and beloved characters, many from beloved animated movies. The movies and their characters have been around a long time and are instantly recognizable. But if you thought you could never experience them in an entirely new and different way, Lyric Theatre is here to prove you wrong. Their production of Disney's When You Wish takes those magical movie moments and brings them to life in an entirely spectacular new way.

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Begins Season with Hilarious TAMING OF THE SHREWOklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Begins Season with Hilarious TAMING OF THE SHREW
June 19, 2017

The works of William Shakespeare can be some of the most challenging plays for any company to produce. One of the potential hurdles is whether or not to change or alter the play to make it 'more accessible' to modern audiences. Some will argue that no such changes need to ever happen because the plays are as accessible and relatable today as they have always been. Others say modern audiences need help to grasp the play's language and its meaning. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is taking on these challenges in their rollicking and entertaining production of Taming of the Shrew, now playing on the stage at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

BWW Review: Pollard's BRING IT ON is Campy Fun at its FinestBWW Review: Pollard's BRING IT ON is Campy Fun at its Finest
June 13, 2017

Often, an audience member goes into a show with a certain set of expectations in mind. If you're seeing Shakespeare, you expect sonnets and iambic pentameter. If you're seeing Arthur Miller or Tennessee Williams, you expect searing drama and representations of real, recognizable people and their very human problems. If you are seeing Bring It On: the Musical, based on the cult-favorite movie of the same name, you expect camp, fun, nothing to be taken too seriously and some excellent dance and cheerleading. All of that and more is found in the infectiously enjoyable production of Bring It On now running at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie.

THE LION KING Tour Brings Spectacular Theatrical Magic to Civic CenterTHE LION KING Tour Brings Spectacular Theatrical Magic to Civic Center
May 14, 2017

Since the dawn of theater, even in it's most nascent forms, audiences have marveled at spectacular moments brought to life on stage. Throughout their history, plays and musicals haveutilized the talents of theater artists and professionals to do what may have seemed impossible. Today, modern technology makes it possible to dig even deeper into our imaginations and bring to life what's found there. Few shows have excitedand fulfilled our collective imagination the way The Lion King has and the touring production currently playing at the Civic Center remains as spectacular as ever.

BWW Review: THE PRODUCERS at Pollard Theatre Company is Not to be MissedBWW Review: THE PRODUCERS at Pollard Theatre Company is Not to be Missed
April 16, 2017

It's never a good idea to say that anything is a sure thing. On the other hand, when the creative team behind the Broadway smash The Producers put the show together, it must have seemed just a little bit like it could be a sure thing. You had the comic genius of Mel Brooks creating a musical based on his own hysterical movie, with the help of other Broadway heavy hitters like Susan Stroman, who directed and choreographed the original production, as well as major stars like Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. The show went on to become one of the biggest hits in modern Broadway memory and the current production at the Pollard Theatre loses none of what made the original such an enormous success.

BWW Review: Talented Cast Sails into SOUTH PACIFIC at Jewel Box TheatreBWW Review: Talented Cast Sails into SOUTH PACIFIC at Jewel Box Theatre
April 16, 2017

Rodgers and Hammerstein shows are known for being of a certain type. They are rarely whatmight be called small or minimalist and it would be tricky for any theater to do minimalist versions of most of them. These are shows that often have the word big attached to them and for a smaller sized theater with somewhat limited resources to attempt one of these big shows isan ambitious effort. Jewel Box Theatre is currently trying to do just that witha fully staged production of one of these shows, South Pacific, and the attempt ends upwith highlymixed results.

BWW Interview: OKC Broadway's Elizabeth Gray on Bringing Variety and World Class Entertainment to Civic Center Music HallBWW Interview: OKC Broadway's Elizabeth Gray on Bringing Variety and World Class Entertainment to Civic Center Music Hall
April 7, 2017

If you caught the recent touring productions of Pippin or Motown: The Musical at Civic Center Music Hall, you've also been part of the firstseason for OKC Broadway presenting Broadway productions at the Music Hall. This young organization, formed through a partnership between the Civic Center Music Hall Foundation and the Nederlander Organization, is led by Elizabeth Gray, who is both the General Manager of OKC Broadway and Executive Director of the Civic Center Foundation. I spoke with Ms Gray about how OKC Broadway came to be, what audiences can expect in the near and long-term future, and how she sees OKC Broadway fitting into the arts community here in Oklahoma City.

BWW Review: Wonderfully Fun and Entertaining DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Sooner TheatreBWW Review: Wonderfully Fun and Entertaining DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Sooner Theatre
April 3, 2017

The musical theatre scene is filled with adaptations of Hollywood movies, to the point of overflowing. Some of these musical stage versions of popular movies have not translated well (Ghost and Flashdance, I'm looking at you). On the other hand, a number of them have gone on to become highly successful Broadway musicals, winning a number of Tony awards as well as critical and audience raves. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is part of the latter group and is now getting a breezy and extremely fun production at Sooner Theatre in Norman.

BWW Review: Fanciful, Family-Friendly JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Lyric TheatreBWW Review: Fanciful, Family-Friendly JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Lyric Theatre
April 3, 2017

Adapting any children's book for the stage is likely to be a tricky proposition. By their very nature, kids' books are filled with challenging settings and characters, from talking animals to fantastical locations to entire magical worlds that come right out of the most vivid and playful imaginations. It's no different for Roald Dahl's classic James and the Giant Peach. Having said that, it's hard to imagine any production of a stage version being as well-produced and successfully achieved as the one currently playing at the Lyric Theatre's Plaza Theatre.

BWW Review: BUS STOP at Jewel Box Theatre is a Trip Worth TakingBWW Review: BUS STOP at Jewel Box Theatre is a Trip Worth Taking
March 6, 2017

Let's face it, long bus rides can be an at-times uncomfortable and awkward journey. The seats are not always conducive to comfort and if there are lots of people, it's going to get cramped. But, as the saying goes, it's not about the journey, it's about the destination, and while the ride might be bumpy, getting to our destination is often rewarding and exciting. William Inge's Bus Stop, now playing at Jewel Box Theatre, is a bit like a long bus journey. The ride might have its ups and downs, but it's the destination, the pay-off, that makes it a journey well worth taking.

Spectacular A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is a Must-See at PPACSpectacular A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is a Must-See at PPAC
December 7, 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 age-old classics do. Others, though, become almost instant classics in their own right as they find critical and popular acclaim. A Gentleman's Guide to Love &Murder is that kind of show and the current touring production at Providence Performing Arts Center demonstrates just how fantastic this very young musical really is.

BWW Review: Ocean State Theatre Rings in Holidays with Lackluster WHITE CHRISTMASBWW Review: Ocean State Theatre Rings in Holidays with Lackluster WHITE CHRISTMAS
December 5, 2016

Movies to musicals and musicals to movies. It's been a regular occurrence for years, although it seems that recently it's been happening more and more. Sometimes, the transition from movie to musical, or vice versa, works perfectly and can be pulled off without a hitch. Sometimes it fails miserably. The musical version of the 1954 classic holiday movie White Christmas is neither of these things. It's not spectacular, nor is it a failure. It's uneven, at best, something that is made worse by an uneven and surprisingly disappointing production currently running at Ocean State Theatre Company.

BWW Review: DOUBT at Ocean State Theatre CompanyBWW Review: DOUBT at Ocean State Theatre Company
November 7, 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 John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt: A Parable.

BWW Review: 10,000 THINGS Doesn't Add Up to Much at Wilbury GroupBWW Review: 10,000 THINGS Doesn't Add Up to Much at Wilbury Group
October 24, 2016

There is certainly something worthwhile about theater that pushes boundaries, tries new things, experiments and offers unique way to tell a story. The art form, in general, benefit from that kind of work. It benefits from work that expands the minds of an audience and tells them a story in a way that challenges them. On the other hand, Wilbury Group's second show of the year, 10,000 Things by Erik Ehn, proves how this kind of theater can instead leave an audience bored, confused or both.

BWW Review: Wilbury Group Starts the Season With Exciting UI [OO-EY]BWW Review: Wilbury Group Starts the Season With Exciting UI [OO-EY]
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 Studios movie monsters. In an ingenious sort of experiment, Wilbury Group is kicking off its season with a production that creates a kind of 'theatrical universe,' by linking together three plays that would otherwise be thought of us very different and entirely separate. With masterful execution, Wilbury manages to create a fascinating and frightening world in which we can really believe these three disparate works might coexists.

BWW Review: Epic Theatre Begins Fifth Season with Powerful THE GUYSBWW Review: Epic Theatre Begins Fifth Season with Powerful THE GUYS
September 19, 2016

Epic Theatre Company begins its fifth full-length season with an attempt to walk that fine line, presenting the Rhode Island premiere of Anne Nelson's play The Guys. A simple, straightforward story, Nelson's work offers us only two characters, two people who would be complete strangers if not for the events in New York City on that day. Joan is a New York City writer, and transplant from Oklahoma, who is at the center of the play, often breaking into monologues to talk to address the audience directly about the events of the day and how it impacted her and everyone else. Nick is a Fire Captain, one who lost a number of men in the towers during the attacks. He arrives at Joan's doorstep asking for a very specific form of help: he needs her to help him write the eulogies for the men who died while under his command.

BWW Review: Hilarious Puppets Take over Ocean State Theatre in AVENUE QBWW Review: Hilarious Puppets Take over Ocean State Theatre in AVENUE Q
August 8, 2016

There are certainly many strange and unusual musicals appearing regularly on stages in New York City and across the country. Avenue Q does not shy away from being something different and unique. Rather, it proudly owns every bit of its wonderful uniqueness and accompanying hilarity. From songs about internet porn to full-frontal puppet nudity, this is a musical that constantly surprises, bringing undeniable laughs along the way. And it's hard to imagine that any theater could create as perfect a production of Avenue Q as the one currently running at Ocean State Theatre Company.

BWW Interview: Kate Kataja of Wilbury Theatre Group Talks Third Annual PROVIDENCE FRINGE FESTIVALBWW Interview: Kate Kataja of Wilbury Theatre Group Talks Third Annual PROVIDENCE FRINGE FESTIVAL
July 22, 2016

Promising to be bigger than ever, and not just because of added performance venues, the Providence Fringe Festival returns for its third year on July 26. I spoke with Kate Kataja of The Wilbury Theatre Group, which has produced the festival in each of its first three years, about her role and what audience's can expect at this year's Fringe.



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