Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 2/03/2013

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HONK! JR
LA SALLE ACADEMY
2/8-2/9/2013
In the London season featuring the appearance of THE LION KING, HONK! became a stand-out by winning the 2000 Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the Tony® Award) for Best New Musical. HONK! JR. is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling with a JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT-esque score that everyone will enjoy. HONK! JR. can be performed with simple sets and costumes. No feathers or fur necessary--making it the perfect Broadway Junior musical!
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THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY
The Wilbury Group
1/24-2/9/2013
Wilbury Group Artistic Director Josh Short stages Kristoffer Diaz's thrilling spectacle of wrestling, hilarity and social commentary as THE Pro Wrestling's "jobber-to-the-stars" Macedonio Guerra (Jo An Peralta) and his newfound allie, the trash-talking Vigneshwar Paduar (Benjamin Gracia) battle for their place in the world against THE owner Everett K. Olson (Vince Petronio), a slew of "Bad Guys" (Stuart Wilson), and the man himself, the unstoppable, the indestructible, the indomitable Chad Deity (Amos K. Hamrick). "We're thrilled to be able to introduce Providence to the incredible talent that is Kristoffer Diaz and we couldn't be prouder to be among the first few companies in the country to produce The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," says Director Josh Short. "An incredible spectacle inspired by Diaz's love of wrestling, hip-hop and theatre, combined with a powerful message, it's exactly the kind of exciting, accessible, and ambitious play that The Wilbury Group loves to tackle." READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity runs January 24 through February 9 at the Butcher Block Mill, 25 Eagle Street, Providence RI. Tickets: $20-$25; preview performances (January 24-27) just $15-$20. Discounts for groups of 10 or more, students and seniors. Tickets at 401-400-7100 or thewilburygroup.org. ABOUT THE PLAY In wrestling, as in life, behind every winner lies a really excellent loser. This smart, hilarious powerslam of a play from Pulitzer Prize nominee Kristoffer Diaz features Macedonio "The Mace" Guerra, a middle rank Puerto Rican pro-wrestler who's made a career of being that loser. He thinks he's found his ticket to the big time in a charismatic Indian kid from Brooklyn whom he recruits as the perfect foil to wrestling star Chad Deity. But when their wrestling rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes to raise ratings, Mace wonders: is swallowing his integrity too high a price for the rewards of the media spotlight? The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity had its world premiere in 2009 at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago before moving to Second Stage in New York. In addition to a finalist of for the Pultizer Prize, this thrilled new work by playwright Kristoffer Diaz has already been lauded with the 2011 New York Times Play Prize, the Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Play. "A thrilling entry into the brave new world of bright lights, racial complexities and hot new plays." - The Chicago Tribune "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity has the delicious crackle and pop of a galloping, honest-to-god, all american satire." -The New York Times "You don't have to like wrestling to love The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity... Kristoffer Diaz's visceral satire brings big-time wrestling onstage in eminently theatrical style." -San Francisco Examiner The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity runs January 24 through February 9 at the Butcher Block Mill, 25 Eagle Street, Providence RI. Tickets: $20-$25; preview performances (January 24-27) just $15-$20. Discounts for groups of 10 or more, students and seniors. Tickets at 401-400-7100 or thewilburygroup.org.
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AMERICAN IDIOT
Providence Performing Arts Center
2/8-2/10/2013
Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season. Based on Green Day's GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. The result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares "thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I've seen this year!"
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CINDERELLA
The Vets
2/10-2/10/2013
The State Ballet Theater of Russia, from the city of Voronezh, brings the world's most beloved ballet to glorious life! This company of 65 distinguished dancers has showcased the unparalleled art of Russian ballet to countries throughout the world.
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AMADEUS
2nd Story Theatre
1/18-2/17/2013
Music, madness, murder and Mozart. One of the most brilliantly theatrical scripts of the last fifty years, Peter Shaffer's fantastical masterpiece weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power. The film version won an Oscar, but this is a story best experienced live onstage.
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AMADEUS
2nd Story Theatre
1/18-2/17/2013
2nd Story Theatre: - Peter Shaffer; dir: Kym Moore.
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Anne BoleyN
Gamm Theatre
1/17-2/17/2013
- Howard Brenton; dir: Tony Estrella, Rachel Walshe.
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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Trinity Repertory Co
1/17-2/24/2013
Dowling Theater: - adapt: Curt Columbus from Marilyn Campbell, Curt Columbus; dir: Brian Mertes.
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