Theater

The Nutcracker Brings Local Art to the Big Stage

Magic, mischief, romance, battle and exquisite dance: The Nutcracker has it all, and for everyone in your family. You all know the story, but what makes Festival Ballet Providence’s version better than the rest? It’s ours, that’s why. It’s remarkable in itself that a small, local dance company can put on such a grand show — not just expertly choreographed,…

Memphis: A Rollicking History Lesson

The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of integration of music in the 1950s.

Flip through the radio long enough these days and you’re almost certain to catch Rihanna singing “Diamonds in the Sky.” But sixty years ago, the presence of a talented black vocalist on the airwaves was anything but a given. Memphis, the Tony Award-winning production playing at the Providence Performing Arts Center, takes us back to the segregated airwaves of the…

The How and the Why Unleashes Theories about Female Evolution

The female reproductive system is a complicated mystery that we still can’t figure out. In fact, none of us really understands why it works the way it does.

The news today of Kate Middleton’s pregnancy stirred many outbursts of “Finally!” or “It’s about time!” Prince William and Kate have been married since April 2011, and many wondered what took so long for the couple to have a baby on board. Some couples are waiting longer to have children, and some simply take longer than others to conceive, even…

2nd Story Looks Low to Reach New Heights

It’s no secret that we here at Rhode Island Monthly are rooting for 2nd Story Theatre in Warren. And we’re not the only ones. Just like the big guys in and around the city — Trinity, Gamm, PPAC — 2nd Story fills seats every night, often sells out and regularly earns a standing ovation by curtain fall. Rightfully so. From…

Lost in Yonkers Stars Evil Grandma

Most grandmas in traditional media are represented as warm, nurturing souls, but what if your grandmother was as cold as steel?

Most grandmas in traditional media are represented as warm, nurturing souls, but what if your grandmother was as cold as steel? In Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers,  two young boys, Jay and Arty, are sent to live with their grandmother in 1942 after their mother dies and their father, Eddie, must take a traveling job to sell scrap metal in…

Tradition or Love?

Sometimes an audience needs lots of flash and pomp to feel engaged in a musical. But PPAC’s Fiddler on the Roof, onstage through Sunday night, requires none of it. A simple set serves as a backdrop for standout vocal performances by the stars and supporting cast alike. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof tells the…

True Love Stars in PPAC's Fiddler on the Roof

It’s a rare Broadway affair: two onstage lovers who, behind-the-scenes, are actually in love. Not the puppy kind, and not a short-lived infatuation, but the sort of love that keeps two people together their whole lives through. That noticeably glows from them, even from fifteen rows back. In the musical Fiddler on the Roof, playing at Providence Performing Arts Center…

Red: A Portrait of the Conflicted Artist

In real life, the black swallowed the red: Darkness flooded over abstract impressionist Mark Rothko, and he committed suicide in 1970 at the age of sixty-six. But John Logan’s two-man play Red, onstage now at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, doesn’t dwell on the tragedy to come, at least not openly. Instead, it vividly paints Rothko in all shades, staging in…

Twenty-Five Years of Modern Dance

Fusionworks will feature audience favorites and a new dance.

Deb Meunier was having a beer with an internationally known choreographer named Mel Wong about twenty-five years ago and confided her dream to start her own dance company. But she told him she had no money, no knowledge and no idea how to do it. “He just looked at me and he said, y'ou keep lining up all the reasons…

Sweet, Syrupy Holiday Fun

Elf is onstage at Providence Performing Arts Center until Nov. 10.

When we see a holiday show, we’re after more than glittery scenes, one-liners about the in-laws and cheerful song and dance. We want the performance to give us something we’ve been missing all year long — that feeling, that holiday feeling no sunny summer day could evoke. And, weeks before the official Christmas countdown begins, Elf: The Musical delivers. It…