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Tragic ‘Macbeth,’ reborn, is not to be missed

By   /  March 27, 2014  /  Theater Review  /  No Comments

Sometimes, if you are lucky enough, amidst a life spent watching plays, you can see a classic work anew, as if for the very first time. Such is very much the case with The Gamm Theatre’s current production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Director Fred Sullivan Jr., actors Tony Estrella and Jeanine Kane, as well as the […]

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A gritty and gutsy Oliver, at Trinity through March

By   /  March 5, 2014  /  Theater Review  /  No Comments

OLIVER(for Oakes)

Sometimes the best presents come in plain, brown wrapping. Such is the case with the many pleasures afforded to audiences by Trinity Rep’s stirring and soulful production of “Oliver!” Lionel Bart’s popular and successful musical adaptation of the Dickens tale is presented here in a bare rags and bones style that is both essential and […]

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East Bay actress turns in another memorable performance

By   /  February 3, 2014  /  Theater Review  /  No Comments

Col—Oakes—The Lyons

Lara Hakeem shines in ‘The Lyons’ A gang of lions is called a pride, of course. But in the family unit that is assembled onstage in “The Lyons”, now playing at Warren’s 2nd Story Theatre, there seems to be little for them to take pride in, unless it is the high level of self-obsession that […]

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Fortunate ‘Sons’ at 2nd Story Theatre

By   /  November 13, 2013  /  Theater Review  /  No Comments

2nd Story, Sons of Prophet, Press Photo, Iacovelli, Brainerd, Carpentier, Petronio

       Now playing at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren is “Sons of the Prophet”, an insightful play by Stephen Karam that examines just how frail and resilient is the human species. The play couldn’t be more timely, as a health care and medical insurance crisis forms the framework of this dramatic structure in which each […]

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Double bill at The Gamm a wild ride

By   /  October 6, 2013  /  Theater Review  /  No Comments

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    “When you’ve just stepped in you can’t tell what’s going to happen.”      That quote is an apt way to describe the hypnotic words of playwright Caryl Churchill and a good embarkation point to delve into the riveting and hallucinatory production her two plays “A Number” and “Far Away” are receiving at The Gamm […]

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Timeless ‘Grapes’ shines as Trinity season opener

By   /  September 25, 2013  /  Theater Review  /  No Comments

    Trinity Repertory Company opened up their 50th anniversary season in a big way with a magnificent production of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.” This is a perfect production for this venerable institution to embark upon their next half century of theatre; the show hearkens back to Trinity Rep’s own past with a nod […]

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‘The Exonerated’ must not be missed

By   /  June 16, 2013  /  Theater Review  /  3 Comments

M.J. Daly is Georgia and Tom Chace is Gary in "The Exonerated", produced by 2nd Story Theatre in collaboration with Mixed Magic Theatre, at The Bristol Statehouse, through June 30.

“It is not easy to be a poet here, yet I sing!” So says a voice among us, a voice that that evokes a lifetime of suffering and unfairness but one that, gently and firmly, insists on our common understanding. The voice belongs to the gifted actor Ricardo Pitts-Wiley. The place of this shared experience […]

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‘Body Awareness’: A dynamic performance by the Wilbury Theatre Group

By   /  April 1, 2013  /  Theater Review  /  No Comments

Jared (Sam Appleman), Joyce (Clare Blackmer), Frank (Kerry Callery) and Phyllis (Karen Carpenter) share a moment in "Body Awareness," onstage now at the Trinity's Southside Cultural Center.

The little lecture at the outset of “Body Awareness”, a great play now onstage at The Wilbury Group in Providence, promises to provide “a catalyst for discussion” and “a great opportunity to really look at art in a new way.” Now that’s a tall order, but one that is delivered splendidly with this thoroughly thought-provoking, […]

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