Rhode Island Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Highs and Lows at THE BODYGUARD: THE MUSICAL BWW Review: Highs and Lows at THE BODYGUARD: THE MUSICAL
by Andria Tieman - January 10, 2018

The musical THE BODYGUARD is based on the 1992 film of the same name, which is best known for Whitney Houston's cover of the song I Will Always Love You . It's rather telling that that movie is best known for a song, and that seems to have been the impetus behind relaunching as a musical. This st... (more...)
BWW Review: Despite Outstanding Talent, LOVE NEVER DIES Proves Merely a Ghost of Lloyd Webber's PHANTOM BWW Review: Despite Outstanding Talent, LOVE NEVER DIES Proves Merely a Ghost of Lloyd Webber's PHANTOM
by Veronica Bruscini - December 27, 2017

On paper, LOVE NEVER DIES should have everything going for it. With PHANTOM'S bedrock story and unforgettable music as its foundation, this tour adds to its credit a truly phenomenal cast, top-notch stagecraft and costuming, and Lloyd Webber's fine new score. Yet even these strengths fail to keep ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER at Festival Ballet Providence BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER at Festival Ballet Providence
by Barb Burke - December 18, 2017

Beautifully choreographed by Mihailo Djuric, The Festival Ballet welcomes the audience with a first act full of charm and humor, inviting the viewer to enjoy the excellent dancing to follow, making this production ideal for both the first-time ballet goer as well as the seasoned ballet lover.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Gamm's THE SANTALAND DIARIES Is a Snarky Christmas Delight BWW Review: The Gamm's THE SANTALAND DIARIES Is a Snarky Christmas Delight
by Andria Tieman - December 15, 2017

THE SANTALAND DIARIES, based on the essay of the same name by David Sedaris, tells the story of his working as an elf at Macy's Santaland in the early 1990's. Those who are familiar with Sedaris's writing can imagine the witty and wry observations he took away from such an experience, but like all ... (more...)
BWW Review: The Wilbury Theatre Group Takes Us To CHURCH BWW Review: The Wilbury Theatre Group Takes Us To CHURCH
by Andria Tieman - December 12, 2017

There is nothing quite like a powerfully delivered sermon. Even non-believers may find themselves getting chills in the presence of impassioned oratory, regardless of the subject matter. That seems to be a central point of young Jean Lee's CHURCH, currently playing at The Wilbury Theatre Group. Si... (more...)
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Kicks Butt at Providence Performing Arts Center BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Kicks Butt at Providence Performing Arts Center
by Larry O'Brien - December 11, 2017

KINKY BOOTS, book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles and Torch Song Trilogy) and songs by Cindy Lauper and inspired by true events, is in Providence at the Performing Arts Center for a very short run. Blink and you'll miss it. The musical tells the story of Charlie Price (Lance Bordelon), who i... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOYS OF ST. MATTHEW'S PRESENT JESUS CHRIST! AND OTHER CHRISTMAS TALES is The Raunchy Reason For The Season BWW Review: THE BOYS OF ST. MATTHEW'S PRESENT JESUS CHRIST! AND OTHER CHRISTMAS TALES is The Raunchy Reason For The Season
by Andria Tieman - December 04, 2017

Since The Boys of St. Matthews burst onto the theatre scene with their 2015 production of Tartuffe, they have been a reliable source of hilarity and dick jokes. Thankfully, the Christmas stories in JESUS CHRIST! let these young men do what they do best--kidnap teachers and put on the most offensive... (more...)
BWW Review: Gotta Crow! Radiant FINDING NEVERLAND Soars at Providence Performing Arts Center BWW Review: Gotta Crow! Radiant FINDING NEVERLAND Soars at Providence Performing Arts Center
by Veronica Bruscini - November 29, 2017

FINDING NEVERLAND touches every emotion and offers a real measure of theatrical magic for audiences of all ages. It is sure to uplift the young and the young at heart.... (more...)
BWW Review: Fully Immersive KING LEAR at OUT LOUD Theatre BWW Review: Fully Immersive KING LEAR at OUT LOUD Theatre
by Andria Tieman - November 27, 2017

OUT LOUD Theatre's production of KING LEAR is an incredibly ambitious undertaking both in terms of performance and also technical elements. The end result is a production that is almost overwhelming to take in, but that does an excellent job capturing the emotional drama of the play. Unfortunately,... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WIDOW'S BROOM at The Festival Ballet - Too Lovely for Words! BWW Review: THE WIDOW'S BROOM at The Festival Ballet - Too Lovely for Words!
by Larry O'Brien - November 27, 2017

I have not been to a ballet since I took my daughter to a performance of The Nutcracker some thirty years ago, so it was with some trepidation that I accepted the assignment to review the Festival Ballet's performance of THE WIDOW'S BROOM, based on the story by Chris van Allsburg. I was afraid I wou... (more...)
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...)