Bill Gale

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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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
8:27 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Trinity Rep's Wild "Glass Menagerie" Hits And Misses

Brian McEleney as Tom Wingfield and Anne Scurria as Laura Wingfield in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at Trinity Rep.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

A conservative approach to a classic play has rarely been the Trinity Rep way. Over the years full speed ahead has been more like it. That surely is the case with the theater's new take on “The Glass Menagerie.”  Bill Gale says it works, except when it doesn't.

“The Glass Menagerie” continues at Trinity Rep through March 29th. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for Rhode Island Public Radio.

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Theater Reviews
10:33 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Ocean State Theatre's "Last Five Years" Doesn't Quite Land

Credit Ocean State Theater Company

  The Ocean State Theatre in Warwick has come up with a relatively unknown musical concerning a guy, a gal and a novel way of telling their story. Bill Gale says the production is a good try, at least.

"The Last Five Years” continues at the Ocean State Theatre through March 15th. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for Rhode Island Public Radio. 

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