Casey Nilsson

Theater Takeaway: Wilbury’s Rapture, Blister, Burn

Your raging second-wave aunt, your “I’m not a feminist” friend, your less-than-ambitious spouse: All of these people will love this show. And you will, too.

Career or family? The age-old question gets a good battering in Wilbury Theatre Group’s latest show, Rapture, Blister, Burn, a bleak, funny feminist manifesto directed by Susie Schutt and written Brown alum Gina Gionfriddo. At one key moment during the show, actor Alex Maynard, playing the crass twenty-one-year-old college student, Avery, reduces the women’s movement to dust in a single…

3D-Printed Wall Art, Bull's Eyes and Stunning Vessels

Providence's Chazan Gallery hosts all the art that’s fit to print — in 3D.

Two years ago, a student in Kate Blacklock’s industrial design class at the Rhode Island School of Design handed her a photo of a ceramic vessel. Blacklock, who’s had her hands in clay for three decades, couldn't figure out how it was made. “I knew it couldn’t be made in regular production methods, and it turned out it was 3D…

The Botanical Center is a Stunning Ceramic Wonderland

A new art exhibit brings a mermaid, spitting daisies and a manscape to the already-gorgeous gardens.

Providence's Botanical Center, located in Roger Williams Park, is a joy all on its own. Carnivorous plants, palm trees, the happiest red roses: I like to sit by a fountain and just breathe, knowing the air is purer there. (Not to mention the space is downright toasty; did spring lose its way or something?) If this sounds like heaven to…

Extended Q and A: MorganEve Swain on Brown Bird’s Final Album

Warren-based multi-instrumentalist MorganEve Swain talks about Axis Mundi, an album of songs she wrote with her partner in music and in life, Dave Lamb, before he passed away last April.

MorganEve Swain and Dave Lamb performed together as Brown Bird, a renowned local band that toured all over the nation. Brown Bird became a regular name on the folk scene after a main stage performance at the Newport Folk Festival in July of 2012. Read our post-performance Q-and-A here. The following spring, Dave was diagnosed with leukemia. He passed away…

8 Authentic Irish Spots to Celebrate St. Paddy’s

Spend the holiday at one of eight real-deal pubs serving the frothiest Guinness, the greasiest bangers and the heartiest shepherd’s pie around.

Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish celebration marked by feasts, parades and a touch of the drink. But since most of Rhode Island’s Irish events occur before the holiday, your day-of parade might consist of bead and tutu-festooned revelers marching from one packed bar to the next. Trust us: You can’t unsee a lost battle against the green beer….

Sneak Peek: Festival Ballet's JuxtaPOSE

See Festival Ballet's latest two-for-one show March 13 and 14 at the Vets.

One's a love letter to classic ballet; the other was hailed as a "danced sci-fi thriller." Both come together in the aptly named JuxtaPOSE. This weekend, Festival Ballet Providence presents a double bill of opposites: Études (French for "Studies"), a one-act ballet by Danish dancer and choreographer Harald Lander; and Coma, a suspenseful dance inspired by the Michael Crichton film…

Theater Takeaway: The House of Blue Leaves

Both zany and painful, Gamm’s latest show offers no answers. Not a one. Sorry.

On Sunday, after a matinee show of the Gamm’s The House of Blue Leaves, I exited into the daylight and felt as if I was walking on air. Not necessarily in the pleasant, carefree way. In the way where, for a moment, I couldn’t guarantee that there was asphalt beneath my feet and blue sky above my head, or the…

The Unicorns are Coming! The Unicorns are Coming!

A playful new public art project launches this week, and it involves sparkly, seven-foot-tall unicorns. Need we say more?

We caught up with Helene Miller, Officer of Play for the Partnership for Providence Parks and curator of the “Unicorns in Residence: Providence” public art project, to dispel some of the mystery surrounding these curious pink creatures, currently housed inside the Providence Public Library.   How did “Unicorns in Residence” come to be? It really started as street art project…

See a New Musical Inspired by a Swayze Action Flick

Fans of good-bad action movies: Let us introduce you to Road House: the Musical, an original play debuting at Wilbury Theatre Group.

Film critic Roger Ebert wrote about Patrick Swayze's 1989 action movie, "Road House exists right on the edge between the 'good-bad movie' and the merely bad…. So much depends on the ironic vision of the viewer. This is not a good movie. But viewed in the right frame of mind, it is not a boring one, either." A decade and…