Theater

PPAC’s Jersey Boys Feels Like the Real Thing

The lights dim, and all eyes are fixed on a standard-issue industrial set. Familiar bars boom over the loudspeaker. I’m certain of what’s coming next: “Oh what a night, late December back in ’63….” Just when I think the story of the Four Seasons will fall neatly at my feet — you know the tale: a group of gritty Jersey…

Sabrina Fair is a Fairy Tale for the Modern Girl

“The trouble with marriage is that men want to give you the world, but it has to be the world they want to give you. And what of the other worlds outside the window?” Cinderella would never say that. The glass slipper fit, and off she went to Prince Charming’s castle, leaving her peasant life behind and never turning back….

An Unexpected Family Vacation

"Timeshare" is an entertaining production of family eccentricity and love.

Imagine a cabin in the woods: moonlight in the trees, you, your romantic interest—and your parents? That’s the premise of Rachel Caris Love’s entertaining play Timeshare, which one of three plays featured this summer as part of Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre’s 2012 season. Directed by Lowry Marshall and filled with fun characters and great dialogue, the production reminds us that…

Reunion Offers Inside Look at Male Bonding

Reunion–a dark comedy written by Gregory S. Moss and directed by Kenneth Prestininzi—takes place inside a cheap hotel room after three high school buddies return from their twentieth high school reunion.

Love the theater, but can’t always afford the high ticket prices? Here’s an insider secret for you: For only $12 per person (or $5 for students), you can go see fantastic plays as part of the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre. The productions are part of a six-week program, involving Brown University alumni playwrights and other dramatists, that culminates with live…

Truth and Wit in Principal Principle

Joe Zarrow's new play is consistently funny, but also asks serious questions about the state of public education in inner cities and beyond.

For the last eight years, the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre has invited Brown University alumni playwrights as well as other established dramatists to gather at the university for six weeks of creative production. At the end of the session, the promising young playwrights share their new work with a live audience, something we’re lucky enough to catch for about the…

2nd Story Theatre's Rebecca is Hauntingly Beautiful

The story takes place in Manderley, an eerie mansion on the cliffs of the Cornish Coast, owned by Maxim de Winter, whose wife suspiciously died in a drowning incident.

Sometimes while driving along Ocean Drive in Newport, I wonder what goes on beyond the gilded gates. What is life like inside those glorious estates with floor-to-ceiling, sea-facing windows, gargoyles and immaculate lawns? I’ve imagined myself as the wife of some prosperous heir or tycoon, lounging in the gardens looking over the tumultuous ocean, or planning my gowns for various…

When Mahalia Sings

The production tells the story of the world's greatest gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson.

Don’t miss two of Providence’s finest gospel singers in a production based on the life of Mahalia Jackson, When Mahalia Sings. Written and directed by Jonathan Pitts Wiley, artistic director of Mixed Magic Theatre in Pawtucket, the production tells her story through haunting songs and humor, from her early years in New Orleans to her emergence as an internationally known…

A Few Good Men in Bristol

2nd Story Theatre's production of the Aaron Sorkin play is gripping.

Before The West Wing and The Social Network, there were a few good men. Aaron Sorkin was a struggling playwright in the 1980s when his sister Deborah, a Judge Advocate General for the Navy, provided him the inspiration for what would go on to become the Broadway play and Oscar-nominated film, A Few Good Men. His sister was headed to…

Motherhood in All Its Majesty

The musical playing at Trinity Rep highlights the ups and downs of motherhood.

You’ll function on less sleep than you ever thought you could. You’ll clean up things that you never thought you would. And you’ll trade in the convertible for a minivan. Welcome to Motherhood, an entertaining musical that’s playing at Trinity Repertory Company through July 1. Groups of women lined up outside the theater before the show and judging from the…

The Divine Sister is Religiously Funny

The 2nd Story Theatre's production stars a nun in drag, and parodies the nun film genre with amusing characters, unlikely themes and laugh-out-loud antics.

I’ve never seen a nun movie, and I never went to Catholic school. In fact, I didn’t even know what a nun movie was until I saw the play, The Divine Sister by Charles Busch last night at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren. I expected a religious theme, but understood there would be a satirical angle. Little did I know…