Arts & Culture

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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Arts & Culture
1:43 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

From Teen Filmmakers to Woody Allen: RI Film Office Works to Make It Happen

Steven Feinberg, Woody Allen filming in Rhode Island
Credit Lew Place / Copyright: Feinberg Entertainment 2014

Young filmmakers took center stage Saturday night at the Give Me 5 Teen Film Festival, for an evening of short films by teenagers across Rhode Island. RIPR's Chuck Hinman sat down with Steven Feinberg from the state's Film and TV Office to talk about the festival, Woody Allen's new movie (shot in RI) and the state of the local film industry.

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Environment
11:47 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Grassroots Providence Procession Draws Attention To Water Issues

Last year's Urban Pond Procession featured handcrafted lanterns in the shapes of fish, birds, turtles, and houses.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

A group of artists, scientists, educators, and residents who want to promote the health of urban ponds will march in a parade later today in Providence for the eighth year in a row. Mashapaug Pond and its watershed in the Pawtuxet River basin are the centerpieces of the Urban Pond Procession. The pond is on the state’s list of impaired waters. It’s not a safe body of water in which to swim or fish.

The procession, focused on water this year, returns with its distinct handmade art by students from schools in the south side of Providence.

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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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