Bill Gale

Performing Arts Critic

Bill Gale has had a widely varied career (including a stint as an air traffic controller) before dedicating himself to The Providence Journal for 35 years — 25 of those as the Journal's theater and dance critic. He is the former executive committee chair of the Foundation of the American Theater Critics Association and currently serves on their board.Gale has received a variety of awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Theatre Conference. He has taught at Rhode Island College and Roger Williams University, and is currently an Admiral at Hope High School. He is married to clinical social worker Peggy Gale and is the father of two children. And he loves working in radio.

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Theater Reviews
9:10 am
Wed May 20, 2015

2nd Story's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" Offers A Dim View Of The World

Rae Mancini and Cory Crew are featured in Entertaining Mr. Sloane by Joe Orton
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

British playwright Joe Orton is probably best remembered for his loopy yet fiery comedy's “Loot” and “What the Butler Saw”. But his seminal piece was “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” a 1964 trouble-making work now being revived by 2nd Story Theatre in Warren.

When you enter 2nd Story's upstairs performing space these nights you'll be greeted by some real oldies. No, not the ushering staff. The recorded music being played: Petula Clark's “Downtown” The Seekers “Georgy Girl” and even “She's Not There” by the Zombies.

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Arts & Culture
8:41 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Gamm Theatre's Dazzling "Marie Antoinette" Doesn't Quite Connect

Madeleine Lambert as Marie Antoinette with Mycah Hogan, in the Gamm Theatre's latest production.
Credit Peter Goldberg / Gamm Theatre

The Gamm Theatre is closing its season with a play reaching back to the French Revolution and the Enlightenment. It's a crackling production. But is there a connection to today? Not so much.

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Theater Reviews
8:37 am
Tue May 12, 2015

If You're Already A Fan, Ocean State Theatre's "Into The Woods" Does It Right

(from left) Amanda Ryan Paige, Nicole Calkins and Tommy Labanaris star as the Baker’s Wife, Little Red Ridinghood and the Baker in Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical, Into the Woods
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

“Into the Woods” won three Tony Awards on Broadway in 1988. But “Best Musical” wasn't one of them.  Bill Gale thinks that a strong production at the Ocean State Theatre tells you why.

Full disclosure, I have never cottoned to “Into the Woods” which brought so much fame and honor to its creators Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

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Theater Reviews
9:39 am
Wed March 18, 2015

2nd Story Theatre's "4000 Miles" Is A Little Loose, But Will Stick With You

Brendan Macera is Leo and Paula Faber is his grandmother, Vera, in Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles”
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

2nd Story Theatre in Warren has always liked to do off-beat plays and its current work, “4000 miles,” is no exception. Bill Gale says it's a little loopy, a little lacking in plot, but that it's also one of those works you'll think about days after you see it.

It was, of course, the poet Robert Frost who wrote that “Home is the place where …they have to take you in.”  Well, “4000 Miles” is something of a recurrence of that idea.

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Theater Reviews
11:40 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Gamm Theatre's "House Of Blue Leaves" Is An Odd Delight

From left to right: Tom Gleadow (Artie Shaughnessy), Rachel Dulude (Bunny Flingus), Jeanine Kane (Bananas Shaughnessy), Karen Carpenter (Corrinna Stroller)
Credit Peter Goldberg / Gamm Theatre

Set in 1965 playwright John Guare's “The House of Blue Leaves” was a groundbreaking work, an American family drama set amid European-like absurdity. Now the Gamm Theatre has revived “Blue Leaves.” Bill Gale says it holds up, pretty well.

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