Thursday, February 11, 2016
Authors Posts by F. William Oakes

F. William Oakes

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It seems as if the world has finally caught up with Anton Chekhov. The 18th century Russian playwright was ahead of his time; his observations and writings about the follies of the human condition anticipated the 20th century’s theatre...
The face of author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is familiar to us all; a countenance complete with kindly, slightly sad eyes and a smile that is warm, wry and rueful. I imagine that Mr. Vonnegut must be beaming benignly down...
If the purpose of theatrical productions is to hold aloft that famous “mirror up to nature,” there are times when it is necessary to utilize a crazy fun-house mirror. That’s certainly the case with “Grizzly Mama” now playing at...
When one surveys an array of holiday presents, nothing beats a good variety. That’s the idea, this holiday season, at Warren’s 2nd Story Theatre, as a band of merrymakers present the appropriately titled “Story Theatre” by Paul Sills. The...
The theatre has often been nicknamed “The Fabulous Invalid.”  That is to say it is always dying; it is always making a miraculous recovery. That is indeed the nature of the arts in general; their fortunes rise and ebb...
To commence the start of this year the Gamm Theater in Pawtucket has been transformed into a roughhewn medieval courtyard. Spectators are seated around and about two wooden platforms; as we enter strolling players are warming up and genially...
“A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney” The omnificent man behind that omnipresent mouse is revealed in “A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney.” Now that’s an unwieldy...
“Words, words. They’re all we have to go on”, notes Tom Stoppard, sagely, in his great Shakespearean riff “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”. Here in Rhode Island, the up and coming Burbage Theatre Company is making Shakespeare come alive...
The season of summer in New England provides a plethora of singular sensations, priceless moments and fun traditions. We boast of our patriotic parades, the tang of salty air on our glorious beaches, waterfront seafood fests and the livin’...
The lay of the land in “A Lie of the Mind” is a terrain of heartache and wonders. The play, by Sam Shepard, explores the huge realm of the heart and the mind, a forbidding frontier but one in...
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