Theater

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…

Bring it On: The Musical Soars at PPAC

Bring It On: The Musical is like “Glee,” High School Musical and “So You Think You Can Dance” all packed into one at the PPAC.

Bring It On: The Musical is like “Glee,” High School Musical and “So You Think You Can Dance” all packed into one at the PPAC. The cast and creative minds behind the musical comedy, playing at the Providence Performing Arts Center today through Sunday, April 29, have expert backgrounds that deserve and earn respect for the film turned muscial. Director…

Trinity Rep's Boeing-Boeing Delivers Sky-High Laughs

There’s really no way to avoid it. Fred Sullivan Jr.’s take on the 1960s French hit Boeing-Boeing will reduce you to tears. Cover-your-face, gasping-for-air, tears of joy, that is. Joe Wilson Jr. plays architect Bernard, a playboy living in Paris who juggles affairs with three international airhostesses, Gloria the American, played by Rebecca Gibel, Gabriella the Italian, played by Liz…

Renee Fleming is Back—Streaming

She’s featured in a simulcast of opera La Traviata this Sunday in Providence.

You can catch renowned soprano Renee Fleming in Providence again this weekend. Fleming, who recently appeared at the Vets Memorial Auditorium, is starring in London’s Royal Opera House’s version of La Traviata. Cable Car Cinema and Café will stream the performance of Fleming playing doomed courtesan Violetta Valery this Sunday at noon. Tickets are $18 per person. Curious about other…

Jump!-ing Around Providence and Beyond

The Providence-based youth dance company performs on stage and in the streets.

Tucked inside a Trinity United Methodist Church building on Broad Street in Providence on Tuesday nights, you can find kids dancing to strains of Stravinsky. They're part of the Jump! Dance Company, which was long based on Providence's East side before moving to its current location this fall. It's composed of about twenty dancers, mainly from the Providence area.  What…

Still Altogether Kooky

"The Addams Family" is back in a fun production at PPAC.

You know it’s not going to be a typical musical when you’re told to keep your guillotines and flame-throwers to yourself. The musical production of “The Addams Family” now playing at PPAC as part of its Broadway Series is based on the macabre family created by cartoonist Charles Addams and popularized on television. Filled with surprises, witty lines, fun song-and-dance…