Theater

Theater Takeaway: Trinity Rep’s The Mountaintop

If Dr. King knew he was going to die, what would his last night on Earth look like? And if he could see the future of America, what would he think?

Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, onstage now through February 12 at Trinity Repertory Company, sent waves of hope and dejection through the crowd on opening night, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The collective melancholia was palpable. At curtain call, the actors bowed before a standing ovation, the lights went up and a roomful of people headed towards the exit with salt-streaked…

Your Holiday Bucket List

Six ways to get into the spirit before the season passes us by.

1. Donate to Families in Need Giving back should be the first thing that comes to mind during the holiday season. With just eight days left in the 2016 Children’s Friend Spirit of Giving campaign, donations of warm clothing, coats, boots, bikes, books and toys are still being sought for 200 families in need. Throughout the year, Children’s Friend staff…

Theater Takeaway: Trinity Rep's A Christmas Carol

The classic Christmas play sparkles with lively music and most importantly, hope.

It would be easy for me to start this review by talking about the election; it seems every journalist can’t help but inject a sad line at the beginning of even seemingly politically far-removed topics (food and clothing, they tell us, will be affected by Trump’s election; should we look out for a bevy of fake tans on the runway? For a…

Theater Takeaway: Erik Ehn’s 10,000 Things

A super-talented cast buoys this befuddling world premiere.

I wanted to love 10,000 Things. Here’s why: Playwright Erik Ehn, a Brown University professor and advocate for the arts in Rhode Island, is well known for interesting work. I enjoy nearly everything produced by Josh Short and his team at the Wilbury Theatre Group. (Proof here and here and here.) It’s easy to root for the little theater when…

Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage

See Trinity Rep's take on the Old English epic, and feel the symbolic whack of Grendel’s severed arm.

Professors are like psychologists. They dissect literature and art, probing and poking and unraveling fantastical stories about what makes a character tick, what subliminal messages the creator made and what it all means. Their essays are full of jargon and undertones of ecstasy, as if they can hardly believe what their fastidious minds have come up with: “The depiction of…

Last Chance: Avenue Q at OSTC

Don't let the puppets fool you: With nude scenes and songs like "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," Avenue Q is as edgy as it gets.

  Every now and then, you'll see a great show and the songs will knock around in your head for days. You'll sing them first thing in the morning. You'll sing them by the office Keurig. You'll sing them to your kid at bathtime. Oklahoma! was a recent example. But "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" is quite different from “It…

Here's Your Chance to Own a Piece of the Tent

Collectibles featuring Warwick Musical Theatre's iconic circular stage will help raise funds for Ocean State Theatre Company.

Many Rhode Islanders fondly remember the Tent, also known as Warwick Musical Theatre from 1955 to 1999. Although the location is now a Lowe’s, here’s your chance to own a memento from the theater. The nonprofit Ocean State Theatre Company received a donation from Larry Bonoff to offer the public original pieces of the circular stage from the Warwick Musical…

Behind the Scenes with Stars from Bullets Over Broadway

We spoke with actors Michael Williams and Jemma Jane about their roles in the musical, now showing at PPAC.

Bullets Over Broadway, the musical adapted from Woody Allen’s 1994 film of the same name, follows the story of David Shayne, who (looking for funding) casts Olive, the talentless girlfriend of mobster Nick Valenti, in his Broadway production. The play was originally brought to the stage by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, who directed and choreographed the musical. And…

Behind the Scenes with Stars from Jersey Boys

We spoke with Matthew Dailey and Drew Seeley about their roles in the musical, now showing at PPAC.

The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, has returned to the Providence Performing Arts Center. The play is a true story of how a group of blue-collar bad boys became one of the most well known American pop groups of all time. The group wrote all of its…

Elmo and Cookie Monster Make Meeting Street Kids Smile

The beloved characters stopped by the school to spread some joy before Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance hits PPAC.

Inside the Meeting Street School in Providence, the entire student body and their teachers sit on the gymnasium floor, chattering amongst themselves. Head of school Margaret Knowlton stands in front of the microphone, claps her hands, and says, “Good morning!” Immediately the murmur stops and the children sit up straight and repeat back in a singsong voice: “Good morning!” “Why…