Theater

Mixing Family and Politics in After the Revolution

There's no better time for Amy Herzog’s political play After the Revolution, which opens the Gamm Theatre’s twenty-eighth season.

The Presidential election is weeks away, and from Facebook to the dinner table, Americans are loudly expressing their political beliefs. For that reason, there’s no better time for Amy Herzog’s political play After the Revolution, which opens the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre’s twenty-eighth season. The performance takes audience members inside a tight knit family circle with a strong political bond, built…

Middle Class Savagery in Theatre by the Sea's God of Carnage

From start to finish, the set of Theatre by the Sea’s production of God of Carnage remains the same: Plush couches are separated by a glass table bedecked with fresh daffodils and pricy art books. Seated on the couches — or pacing around them — are two pairs of parents who, before this day, didn’t know each other. The parents…

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…