Rhode Island Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: 40th Anniversary CHRISTMAS CAROL is Merry and Bright at Trinity Rep BWW Review: 40th Anniversary CHRISTMAS CAROL is Merry and Bright at Trinity Rep
by Veronica Bruscini - November 15, 2017

The 2017 staging of Trinity Repertory Company's A CHRISTMAS CAROL fairly effervesces with the joys of the season. Under the savvy co-direction of Angela Brazil and Stephen Thorne, the cast and artistic team involved with the ruby anniversary CAROL deliver a vibrant and refreshing production that br... (more...)
BWW Review: The Gamm's INCOGNITO Will Make Your Head Swim BWW Review: The Gamm's INCOGNITO Will Make Your Head Swim
by Andria Tieman - November 15, 2017

INCOGNITO is an incredibly ambitious play--not in terms of sets, but in terms of what is asks both the actors and the audience to comprehend. Each of the four actors in this production plays multiple characters over the course of four different but tangentially related vignettes that shift rapidly ... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: UP CLOSE ON HOPE Has Something For Everyone BWW REVIEW: UP CLOSE ON HOPE Has Something For Everyone
by Andria Tieman - November 11, 2017

The UP CLOSE ON HOPE productions are always a delightful way to see the range of talents--both in dance and choreography that Festival Ballet brings to the table, and this Fall program continues that standard of excellence. There are several classical ballet pieces, some whimsical and some surreal,... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME is a Touching Coming of Age Story with Real Heart BWW Review: FUN HOME is a Touching Coming of Age Story with Real Heart
by Andria Tieman - November 10, 2017

FUN HOME, the Tony Award winning musical based on the graphic novel style memoir by Alison Bechdel initially seems like something that just can't work. The story, framed around her relationship with her father, is about Alison growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, working at the family funera... (more...)
BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Granite Theatre BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Granite Theatre
by Barb Burke - October 27, 2017

A powerful production of it in a comfortable, intimate setting.... (more...)
BWW Review: Engrossing and Altogether Too Real SKELETON CREW at Trinity Rep BWW Review: Engrossing and Altogether Too Real SKELETON CREW at Trinity Rep
by Andria Tieman - October 26, 2017

SKELETON CREW, currently running in rotation with Death of a Salesman at Trinity Rep is a story similar to Death of a Salesman in that it focuses on workers being forced away from their careers. This group works in an auto factory and face plant closure while realizing that all the hard work and yea... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITING FORGODOT at Counter-Productions Theatre Company: A Rare gem in a Black Box BWW Review: WAITING FORGODOT at Counter-Productions Theatre Company: A Rare gem in a Black Box
by Larry O'Brien - October 24, 2017

Counter-Productions Theatre Company begins its 2017/2018 season with Samuel Beckett's absurdist masterpiece, WAITING FOR GODOT at AS220's Black Box Theatre on Empire St. in Providence. The New York Times has called this the greatest play of the Twentieth Century. It has attracted talents from Bert L... (more...)
BWW Review: Trinity Rep's DEATH OF A SALESMAN is Theatre At Its Best BWW Review: Trinity Rep's DEATH OF A SALESMAN is Theatre At Its Best
by Andria Tieman - October 11, 2017

DEATH OF A SALESMAN is a story so human and massive that it's almost impossible to summarize. Like all great drama, every word feels perfectly selected to heighten tension, despair and frustration, but it doesn't leave the audience demoralized or depressed, but rather full of questions and theories... (more...)
BWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND at The Arctic Playhouse BWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND at The Arctic Playhouse
by Barb Burke - October 09, 2017

Be sure to share this moment with friends soon as the Arctic Playhouse's production of On Golden Pond ends October 14.... (more...)
BWW Review: Festival Ballet Providence Opens 40th Season with Spunky and Sparkling PIPPI BWW Review: Festival Ballet Providence Opens 40th Season with Spunky and Sparkling PIPPI
by Veronica Bruscini - October 03, 2017

Festival Ballet Providence kicks off its Ruby Anniversary season with a jolt of pure sunshine. Pippi Longstocking, the beloved red-headed heroine of children's fiction, dances into the limelight at the company's Hope Street studio to share adventures and misadventures with her friends and neigh... (more...)
BWW Review: Providence Performing Arts Center Presents LES MISERABLES BWW Review: Providence Performing Arts Center Presents LES MISERABLES
by Larry O'Brien - September 29, 2017

If you hurry over the Providence Performing Arts Center, you might still be able to catch one of the last performances of LES MIS. This show is a force of nature and hardly needs me to tell you how great it is, which is a good thing since it closes tomorrow night. Not my call, it's how the productio... (more...)
BWW Review: Sunny, Sublime THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Dazzles at The Gamm BWW Review: Sunny, Sublime THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Dazzles at The Gamm
by Veronica Bruscini - September 19, 2017

Pawtucket's Gamm Theatre opens its season with Oscar Wilde's comedic masterwork THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and the company delivers an utterly superlative production. Everything about this EARNEST is absolutely right in every way. The Gamm's cast is magnificent, the stagecraft of the finest ... (more...)
BWW Review: Mirthful Murder and Mayhem Take Center Stage in Granite's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE BWW Review: Mirthful Murder and Mayhem Take Center Stage in Granite's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by Veronica Bruscini - September 16, 2017

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is one of the brightest jewels in the crown of comedic storytelling, and Westerly's Granite Theatre stages a real gem of a production.... (more...)
BWW Review: GALILEO Worth Seeing at The Burbage Theatre Co. BWW Review: GALILEO Worth Seeing at The Burbage Theatre Co.
by Larry O'Brien - August 30, 2017

The first time I saw GALILEO by Bertolt Brecht performed was thirty-five years ago at Trinity Rep. I remembered being blown away by the experience-the late great Richard Kneeland played the title role and Brecht's play put the conflict between science and dogma right on the table. I remember loving ... (more...)
BWW Review: Theatre by the Sea's Oddly Timely THE PRODUCERS BWW Review: Theatre by the Sea's Oddly Timely THE PRODUCERS
by Andria Tieman - August 23, 2017

THE PRODUCERS has the odd pedigree of being a movie (1967) that became a Broadway musical (2001) and then returned to the silver screen as a movie version of the 2001 musical (2005).  With this many iterations on offer, it's clear that this is a show with staying power that it beloved by many.  The ... (more...)
BWW Review: BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE Does Not Quite Glow at 2nd Story Theatre BWW Review: BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE Does Not Quite Glow at 2nd Story Theatre
by Larry O'Brien - August 19, 2017

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE must be missing the eye of a newt.... (more...)
BWW Review: Theatre By The Sea's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Full of Fairy-Tale Enchantment BWW Review: Theatre By The Sea's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Full of Fairy-Tale Enchantment
by Veronica Bruscini - July 22, 2017

Undoubtedly BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will prove a sure-fire hit for Theatre By The Sea this summer, and audience members of any age are certain to fall under its spell.... (more...)
BWW Review: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S Charms at 2nd Story BWW Review: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S Charms at 2nd Story
by Andria Tieman - July 17, 2017

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S is a literary and movie classic that always charms, and 2nd Story Theatre's production captures the setting and characters perfectly.  If you haven't been to 2nd Story lately, it's worth a visit just to see all of the changes.  The sets for this production, by Max Ponticelli, ... (more...)
BWW Review: Uneven CALENDAR GIRLS at Granite Theatre BWW Review: Uneven CALENDAR GIRLS at Granite Theatre
by Andria Tieman - July 06, 2017

CALENDAR GIRLS is a charming story about some Yorkshire women who think outside the box in order to raise money to celebrate one of their late husbands.  The ladies of the Women's Institute sell a calendar every year as a fundraiser, but the calendar is usually pictures of local churches or similar.... (more...)
BWW Review: Intricate and Compelling THE DIANA TAPES BWW Review: Intricate and Compelling THE DIANA TAPES
by Andria Tieman - June 27, 2017

Diana, Princess of Wales remains a fascinating figure, despite the two decades that have gone by since her death. The relatively new play, THE DIANA TAPES, by James Clements takes an interesting approach to the princess, her motivations and involvement with the tabloid writer Andrew Morton, when he ... (more...)
BWW Review: No Trouble with Theatre by the Sea's THE MUSIC MAN BWW Review: No Trouble with Theatre by the Sea's THE MUSIC MAN
by Andria Tieman - June 26, 2017

One thing that is incredibly reliable about summer musicals at Theatre by the Sea is that they take the classics you know and love, and perform them at a very high level without trying to go outside of the box.  Shows like Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN are classics for a reason, and even if the s... (more...)
BWW Review: ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST at Contemporary Theatre Company BWW Review: ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST at Contemporary Theatre Company
by Barb Burke - June 23, 2017

Experience some of this South Country magic.... (more...)
BWW Review: Haunting THE YELLOW WALLPAPER at OUT LOUD Theatre BWW Review: Haunting THE YELLOW WALLPAPER at OUT LOUD Theatre
by Andria Tieman - June 23, 2017

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER, a short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, was published in 1892.  The first-person narrative takes the reader inside the mind of an unnamed suffering from postpartum depression, who has been prescribed “The Rest Cure”, which calls for her to be confined to a room, alon... (more...)
BWW Review: Celebrating Girl Power with BEEHIVE The 60's Musical BWW Review: Celebrating Girl Power with BEEHIVE The 60's Musical
by Andria Tieman - June 05, 2017

BEEHIVE is a musical so jam-packed with hits that it's almost overwhelming.  Though this show is not a traditional musical so much as it's a musical revue, there is a nice loose plot running through the whole production that serves to give the songs political and social context and really drive home... (more...)
BWW Review: Thunderous RIVERDANCE at PPAC BWW Review: Thunderous RIVERDANCE at PPAC
by Andria Tieman - June 05, 2017

RIVERDANCE, the celebration of Irish song and dance phenomenon created by Moya Doherty, composer Bill Whelan and director John McColgan is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an extensive world tour.  Though the current iteration is much more stripped down than it was during the glory days, it sti... (more...)