Rhode Island Theater Reviews
 


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...)
BWW Review: SOUVENIR at Granite Theatre BWW Review: SOUVENIR at Granite Theatre
by Barb Burke - May 27, 2017

It takes a true professional-both musical and comedic- to assault some of opera's most beloved arias and make it entertaining. In the Granite Theatre's production of Souvenir, the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the joke never gets old.... (more...)
BWW Review: Magical MATILDA: THE MUSICAL at PPAC BWW Review: Magical MATILDA: THE MUSICAL at PPAC
by Andria Tieman - May 19, 2017

Adapting a beloved children's classic to Broadway is so fraught with landmines that it's a wonder people even attempt it since it seems like there's no way to possibly make something as fantastic as the original.  Good thing Denis Kelly (Book) and Tim Minchin (Music & Lyrics) are braver and more cre... (more...)
BWW Review: Power to the People of FUENTE OVEJUNA BWW Review: Power to the People of FUENTE OVEJUNA
by Andria Tieman - May 16, 2017

Like Sheep to Water, or Fuente Ovejuna, by Lope de Vega,  was written in the early 1600s, but has been largely unproduced in the United States.  Similar to a Shakespearean history, it's based on actual events that occurred in the Castilian region of Spain in 1476.  This production was translated and... (more...)
BWW Review: Festival Ballet Providence's Magical CINDERELLA Casts a Spell at The Vets BWW Review: Festival Ballet Providence's Magical CINDERELLA Casts a Spell at The Vets
by Veronica Bruscini - May 14, 2017

Festival Ballet Providence creates pure magic with its luminous production of Sergei Prokofiev's CINDERELLA. Winthrop Corey choreographed this piece to perfection, melding intricate, classical dancing with wonderful whimsy and humor.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BEST OF EVERYTHING at 2ND STORY THEATRE BWW Review: THE BEST OF EVERYTHING at 2ND STORY THEATRE
by Larry O'Brien - May 11, 2017

Women in business in the 1950's--not the easiest row to hoe.... (more...)
BWW Review: Song, Dance and Cynicism--CHICAGO at Providence Performing Arts Center BWW Review: Song, Dance and Cynicism--CHICAGO at Providence Performing Arts Center
by Larry O'Brien - May 03, 2017

They sing, they dance, they have no values.... (more...)
BWW Review: KING ELIZABETH Rules Triumphant at The Gamm BWW Review: KING ELIZABETH Rules Triumphant at The Gamm
by Veronica Bruscini - May 02, 2017

KING ELIZABETH makes for wonderful theater. The narrative is equally enjoyable and thought-provoking, the cast impeccable -- this production is a crowning achievement for The Gamm.... (more...)
BWW Review: VICTOR/VICTORIA at Ocean State Theatre Company BWW Review: VICTOR/VICTORIA at Ocean State Theatre Company
by Larry O'Brien - April 30, 2017

Pretty good production of a pretty good Broadway musical. VICTOR/VICTORIA is fun, but lacks a truly memorable song (or two).... (more...)
BWW Review: FAITHFUL CHEATERS at Trinity Repertory Company BWW Review: FAITHFUL CHEATERS at Trinity Repertory Company
by Larry O'Brien - April 27, 2017

FAITHFUL CHEATERS is a zany, fast-paced, did I say zany already,well-acted farce. Zany.... (more...)
BWW Recommends ART: It's Good for Ya! BWW Recommends ART: It's Good for Ya!
by Larry O'Brien - April 25, 2017

'ART' has come to Rhode Island in a very entertaing production. Hey, what is art, and why are your friends your friends?... (more...)
BWW Review: TAKING SIDES at Granite Theatre BWW Review: TAKING SIDES at Granite Theatre
by Barb Burke - April 24, 2017

The Granite Theatre in Westerly RI successfully tackles Taking Sides, the thought-provoking drama set in post-war Berlin.... (more...)