Theater

Disney's the Lion King Rules the PPAC Stage

A three-dimensional environment elevates the emotional story, filled with art, incredible music and dance and appreciation for African cultures.

You may think you know the story of Disney's The Lion King, but you haven't truly seen it until you've experienced the musical stage adaptation. The entire performance is miraculous – from the intricate African costumes and masks to the menagerie of twenty-five different animals and colorful puppets that fill the stage and aisles. A three-dimensional environment elevates the emotional…

Q-and-A: The Nether with the Gamm’s Judith Swift

The disturbing play reflects on emergent technology, the darker natures of humanity and what could happen in a world without consequence.

The Nether, showing at the Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre March 2−26, is a dark and disturbing play about emergent technology, the darker natures of humanity, and what could happen in a world without consequence. I had the chance to speak with the Gamm’s resident director Judith Swift to get a better understanding of The Nether. Our chat became a discussion…

Q-and-A: Watch the Naked Magicians Perform at the Vets

Good magicians don’t need sleeves. This show is a cross between a magic show and Magic Mike, and yes, they really do bare it all.

On Feb. 25, the world’s naughtiest magic show comes to Providence as the Naked Magicians take over Veterans Memorial Auditorium. I sat down with Australian magicians, Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler ­— fully clothed — to uncover the details on their playfully promiscuous show. Here's what went down. The Naked Magicians is showing at the Vets on Feb. 25 at…

Theater Takeaway: The Wilbury Group’s Betrayal

This night of theater is juicy and intimate, the way all good affairs should be.

It's not a query you often hear at the theater, but a man seated behind me on Monday night asked: “How many affairs do you think this’ll inspire tonight?” Good question, fellow theatergoer. Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, onstage now through February 17 at the Wilbury, saves the best part of an illicit romance for last. The play, which was written in…

Revel in Madness with Out Loud Theatre

The woman-led ensemble launches its fifth season with a party and a play mashup.

Out Loud Theatre's fifth season piles madness upon madness upon madness, with a heavy-handed dose of humanity on top. First up, in March, is Marat/Sade, a play within a play that's also known as The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. In…

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…