Theater

2nd Story Looks Low to Reach New Heights

It’s no secret that we here at Rhode Island Monthly are rooting for 2nd Story Theatre in Warren. And we’re not the only ones. Just like the big guys in and around the city — Trinity, Gamm, PPAC — 2nd Story fills seats every night, often sells out and regularly earns a standing ovation by curtain fall. Rightfully so. From…

Lost in Yonkers Stars Evil Grandma

Most grandmas in traditional media are represented as warm, nurturing souls, but what if your grandmother was as cold as steel?

Most grandmas in traditional media are represented as warm, nurturing souls, but what if your grandmother was as cold as steel? In Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers,  two young boys, Jay and Arty, are sent to live with their grandmother in 1942 after their mother dies and their father, Eddie, must take a traveling job to sell scrap metal in…

Tradition or Love?

Sometimes an audience needs lots of flash and pomp to feel engaged in a musical. But PPAC’s Fiddler on the Roof, onstage through Sunday night, requires none of it. A simple set serves as a backdrop for standout vocal performances by the stars and supporting cast alike. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof tells the…

True Love Stars in PPAC's Fiddler on the Roof

It’s a rare Broadway affair: two onstage lovers who, behind-the-scenes, are actually in love. Not the puppy kind, and not a short-lived infatuation, but the sort of love that keeps two people together their whole lives through. That noticeably glows from them, even from fifteen rows back. In the musical Fiddler on the Roof, playing at Providence Performing Arts Center…

Red: A Portrait of the Conflicted Artist

In real life, the black swallowed the red: Darkness flooded over abstract impressionist Mark Rothko, and he committed suicide in 1970 at the age of sixty-six. But John Logan’s two-man play Red, onstage now at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, doesn’t dwell on the tragedy to come, at least not openly. Instead, it vividly paints Rothko in all shades, staging in…

Twenty-Five Years of Modern Dance

Fusionworks will feature audience favorites and a new dance.

Deb Meunier was having a beer with an internationally known choreographer named Mel Wong about twenty-five years ago and confided her dream to start her own dance company. But she told him she had no money, no knowledge and no idea how to do it. “He just looked at me and he said, y'ou keep lining up all the reasons…

Sweet, Syrupy Holiday Fun

Elf is onstage at Providence Performing Arts Center until Nov. 10.

When we see a holiday show, we’re after more than glittery scenes, one-liners about the in-laws and cheerful song and dance. We want the performance to give us something we’ve been missing all year long — that feeling, that holiday feeling no sunny summer day could evoke. And, weeks before the official Christmas countdown begins, Elf: The Musical delivers. It…

Young Actor Steals Spotlight in Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can has touched down at the Providence Performing Arts Center for its national tour, and it's about as racy as a Disney movie.

Tony Award-nominated Catch Me If You Can has touched down at the Providence Performing Arts Center for its national tour, and it’s about as racy as a Disney movie. But who doesn't like a good Disney movie? If you’ve seen the 2002 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Steven Spielberg, you’ll remember the alluring women and edge-of-your-seat drama based…

Sneak Peek into the Magic Behind King Lear

Walls collapse, rain floods the stage and eyes are gouged out. We went behind the scenes to learn how it's done.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out Trinity Repertory Company’s production of King Lear by William Shakespeare then we suggest you do. The riveting performance demonstrates what happens after a father divides his power between his three daughters. Driven by impudence, flattery, ambition and selfishness, each generation quickly discovers betrayal within the devastated family. This masterpiece, directed by…

A Midlife Crisis Like No Other

The first production of the season at 2nd Story Theatre is a tragedy at its heart.

Martin was having a very good week. He was turning fifty, had been commissioned to design a city of the future and was the youngest architect ever to be awarded with the prestigious Pritzker Prize. And after many years of marriage, he was still in love with his wife.   But as Edward Albee’s play The Goat, or Who Is…