Rhode Island Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! is Something Absolutely Wonderful BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! is Something Absolutely Wonderful
by Andria Tieman - May 17, 2018

If you take a step back and really think about it, musical theatre is pretty absurd.  Actors stop talking and burst into elaborate song and dance numbers, which are often great to watch, but you feel like if aliens landed on Broadway and went to a show, they would have a very strange idea of what hu... (more...)
BWW Review: Daydream Theatre Company's THE INSIDE OF HIS SEVERED HEAD Turns Willy Loman Inside Out BWW Review: Daydream Theatre Company's THE INSIDE OF HIS SEVERED HEAD Turns Willy Loman Inside Out
by Erica Cataldi-Roberts - May 14, 2018

"Willy Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him." Although taken from the Arthur Miller script, a terrible thing is also happening to the Willy Loman in Daydrea... (more...)
BWW Review: LIFE SUCKS at Epic Theatre, Doesn't Suck BWW Review: LIFE SUCKS at Epic Theatre, Doesn't Suck
by Andria Tieman - May 07, 2018

It probably takes a certain level of masochism to spend part of a weekend at a play called LIFE SUCKS, but it's (probably) been proven that watching the struggles of other people makes us feel better about our own circumstances. In the case of this play, viewers can feel doubly smug because it's bas... (more...)
BWW Review: Providence Ballet Theatre's SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Enchants at the Greenwich Odeum BWW Review: Providence Ballet Theatre's SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Enchants at the Greenwich Odeum
by Erica Cataldi-Roberts - May 06, 2018

Providence Ballet Theatre closed out their eighth season May 5th and 6th with their own version of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS at the Greenwich Odeum. As explained by artistic director and choreographer of the show, Eva Marie Pacheco, on-stage before the performance, almost everything about this... (more...)
BWW Review: Granite Theatre's PROOF Adds Up BWW Review: Granite Theatre's PROOF Adds Up
by Erica Cataldi-Roberts - May 01, 2018

Fear not, theatre-goers: David Auburn's Proof, presented by the Renaissance City Theatre, Inc. at Westerly's plush Granite Theatre weekends through May 12th, may contain talk of mathematicians and theorems, but to consider this merely a "play about math" would be disingenuous.... (more...)
BWW Review: Trinity Rep's Season Closes with Resounding RAGTIME BWW Review: Trinity Rep's Season Closes with Resounding RAGTIME
by Veronica Bruscini - May 01, 2018

Trinity Repertory Company (TRC) punctuates the conclusion of its 2017-18 performance calendar with a definite exclamation mark. RAGTIME, now playing at TRC's upstairs Chace Theatre, is a season's best production both for the company and for the arts community statewide.... (more...)
BWW Review: HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE IN CONCERT is a Magical Night of Delights BWW Review: HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE IN CONCERT is a Magical Night of Delights
by Andria Tieman - May 01, 2018

Music is such an essential element of a movie watching experience, but like the involuntary act of breathing, it often gets taken for granted.  This fantastic concert series pairs the much-beloved first Harry Potter film with the Rhode Island Symphony Orchestra in a live experience that is truly mag... (more...)
BWW Review: Festival Ballet Providence Concludes Season Swimmingly with Exceptional, Enchanting LITTLE MERMAID BWW Review: Festival Ballet Providence Concludes Season Swimmingly with Exceptional, Enchanting LITTLE MERMAID
by Veronica Bruscini - April 28, 2018

THE LITTLE MERMAID elegantly concludes Festival Ballet Providence's ruby anniversary season. This production is certain to enchant younger audiences with its fairy-tale backdrop and its colorful characters, and discerning dance enthusiasts will unreservedly applaud the ballet's sophisticated choreo... (more...)
BWW Review: 'Once You Write Something Down It's Forever' - ISABELLA at Counter-Productions Theatre Company BWW Review: 'Once You Write Something Down It's Forever' - ISABELLA at Counter-Productions Theatre Company
by Erica Cataldi-Roberts - April 28, 2018

ISABELLA, written and directed by David J. Valentin, holds its world-premiere this weekend at AS220's Black Box Theatre. The play is both timely - given the nation's current opioid epidemic - and timeless, as addictions and the lengths to which people will go to protect their desired vision of life,... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: AS YOU LIKE IT at the GAMM THEATRE is a Blue Thumbs Up BWW REVIEW: AS YOU LIKE IT at the GAMM THEATRE is a Blue Thumbs Up
by Larry O'Brien - April 24, 2018

The Gamm Theatre closes its fifteen year run in Pawtucket with Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, so it was with mixed emotions that I turned right onto Exchange St. last Saturday, for the last time to be squeezed into the lyric, little bandbox of a theater. Fear not, theatergoers, they're not going away... (more...)
BWW Review: The Best is Yet to Come -- PPAC Welcomes TONY BENNETT for a Memorable Evening of Song BWW Review: The Best is Yet to Come -- PPAC Welcomes TONY BENNETT for a Memorable Evening of Song
by Veronica Bruscini - April 12, 2018

The phrase 'living legend' gets bandied about all too freely nowadays, but the superlative never was so fittingly employed than when describing Tony Bennett. Mr. Bennett's impeccable musicality made him the voice of his generation - and all generations to follow. Today, nearly seven decades into h... (more...)
BWW Review: Trinity Rep's NATIVE GARDENS Unpacks the Complicated World of Neighbors and Fences BWW Review: Trinity Rep's NATIVE GARDENS Unpacks the Complicated World of Neighbors and Fences
by Andria Tieman - April 10, 2018

What do you do when you finally buy your dream house and then immediately run into issues with the next-door neighbors? On the surface, that's essentially what Native Gardens is about, but as the plot starts to develop, issues of age, race, gender, immigration, privilege, environmentalism, class, h... (more...)
BWW Review: Granite Theatre's Thrilling DIAL M FOR MURDER Delivers Sensational Suspense BWW Review: Granite Theatre's Thrilling DIAL M FOR MURDER Delivers Sensational Suspense
by Veronica Bruscini - March 24, 2018

Westerly's Granite Theatre knows how to stage a good mystery. Whether weaving through plot twists penned by Agatha Christie or deftly melding horror and comedy ala Joseph Kesselring, the Granite reliably delivers a solid 'whodunit' season after season. This spring, the company lives up to its ster... (more...)
BWW Review: Riveting GOD OF VENGEANCE at Head Trick Theatre BWW Review: Riveting GOD OF VENGEANCE at Head Trick Theatre
by Erica Cataldi-Roberts - March 19, 2018

While GOD OF VENGEANCE may currently be better known as the subject of the 2017 Tony Award nominated Paula Vogel play, Indecent, as anyone who attended Head Trick Theatre's production of the show at AS220's Black Box Theatre could attest, it is a fascinating piece of theatre in its own right.... (more...)
BWW Review: Rhode Island Stage Ensemble's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Hampered by Uneven Adaptation BWW Review: Rhode Island Stage Ensemble's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Hampered by Uneven Adaptation
by Veronica Bruscini - March 17, 2018

Staging PRIDE AND PREJUDICE for live theater is an ambitious undertaking. The cast members at Woonsocket's Rhode Island Stage Ensemble (RISE) certainly give the performance their best efforts, but the choppy adaptation now on stage at the RISE Playhouse disservices both the company and Jane Austen'... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS S'Wonderful Spectacular of Dance and Song BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS S'Wonderful Spectacular of Dance and Song
by Andria Tieman - March 16, 2018

The current touring production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is an absolutely resplendent musical from start to finish.  Heavy on the dance and with stunning sets, this show is a feast for the senses that will have your toes tapping and fill your heart with joy.... (more...)
BWW Review: QYRQ QYZ at FirstWorks BWW Review: QYRQ QYZ at FirstWorks
by Barb Burke - March 16, 2018

Central Asian ensemble finds a modern way to bring an ancient tale to life with music, film and spoken word.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Gamm's A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT Can't Quite Connect BWW Review: The Gamm's A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT Can't Quite Connect
by Andria Tieman - March 14, 2018

The Gamm's current production A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT, is a play written by Nicholas Wright in 2013 based on the book of the same name by Dr. Pumala Gobodo-Madikizela about her time on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which began in 1995 after the fall of apartheid.  It's an... (more...)
BWW Review: Wilbury Theatre Group's THE FLICK is Fun and Unexpected BWW Review: Wilbury Theatre Group's THE FLICK is Fun and Unexpected
by Andria Tieman - March 13, 2018

Ever wonder what movie theatre employees do after the projector is shut down for the night?  Well, there's a lot of sweeping, but there's also the perfect atmosphere for those types of relationships that develop when you're in your 20s working a job that is neither intellectually stimulating, nor li... (more...)
BWW Review: Another Stunning UP CLOSE ON HOPE from Festival Ballet Providence BWW Review: Another Stunning UP CLOSE ON HOPE from Festival Ballet Providence
by Andria Tieman - March 12, 2018

Festival Ballet's Spring offering of their Up Close on Hope series offers a charming mix of old favorites and exciting new works.  There are two world premiere pieces in this selection, as well as a new interpretation of a world premiere from two years ago.... (more...)
BWW Review: Festival Ballet Providence Stages Ethereal, Effervescent THE LITTLE PRINCE BWW Review: Festival Ballet Providence Stages Ethereal, Effervescent THE LITTLE PRINCE
by Veronica Bruscini - March 05, 2018

Festival Ballet Providence (FBP) opens its Black Box Theatre to imagination and adventure with an utterly captivating staging of THE LITTLE PRINCE. Boyko Dossev's gorgeous choreography for this production shows off the finest, most sophisticated skills of FBP's dancers, and the company dazzles with... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Providence Performing Arts Center BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Providence Performing Arts Center
by Larry O'Brien - March 02, 2018

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL playing right now at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) is the most jukebox of juke box musicals. With a book by Douglas McGrath, it tells the story of King's life and career using songs that she wrote, often together wither sometimes partner and spouse G... (more...)
BWW Review: S'Wonderful - AMERICAN RHAPSODY: THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOK at Veterans Auditorium BWW Review: S'Wonderful - AMERICAN RHAPSODY: THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOK at Veterans Auditorium
by Larry O'Brien - February 28, 2018

In addition to seeing some wonderful performance, the great things about wring reviews are that you to get to think, learn, and write. So it was with last Thursday's Firstworks production of AMERICAN RHAPSODY: THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOK with Michael Andrew, Michelle Amato and seventeen piece Gershwin Big... (more...)
BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL at Burbage Theatre BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL at Burbage Theatre
by Larry O'Brien - February 26, 2018

The Burbage Theatre continues its inaugural season in its new home at 249 Roosevelt Ave. in Pawtucket with a raucous production of Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL. Harold Bloom has called TWELFTH NIGHT 'the funniest of all Shakespeare's plays.' While I'm not sure Bloom is a reliable g... (more...)
BWW Review: OTHELLO at Trinity Rep BWW Review: OTHELLO at Trinity Rep
by Barb Burke - February 22, 2018

Trinity Rep's Othello is macho, engaging and spirited... (more...)