Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
8:37 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Trinity Rep Stages World Premiere Musical By Renowned Playwright Sarah Ruhl

Rachael Warren and Charlie Thurston in Melancholy Play Clyde
Credit Clyde Media Productions / Trinity Rep

Thursday night was the first preview of a brand new musical at Trinity Rep.  Melancholy Play: a chamber musical is the latest world-renowned Sarah Ruhl, with music by composer Todd Almond.  Ruhl received her Master’s in playwriting in Providence at Brown University, she’s since been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and has received the MacArthur Genius grant.

Her piece Melancholy Play, is receiving a world premiere at Trinity Rep. Rhode Island Public Radio’s morning host Chuck Hinman spoke with show director Leisl Tommy to learn more about the venture.

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Arts & Culture
12:35 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Rhode Island Artscape: House Concerts On The Rise In RI's Music Scene

Gurf Morlix
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If you are a fan of live, acoustic music, at some point straining to hear over a loud bar crowd, you may have thought, wouldn’t it be great if my favorite performer could play at my house instead? It might surprise you to know the performer may be thinking the same thing. For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman examines the growing phenomenon of house concerts in the Ocean State.

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Arts & Culture
5:24 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Newport Folk Fest Announces 50th Anniversary Celebration Of Dylan Going Electric

The Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams
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The Newport Folk Festival has announced plans to celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan going electric.  But details of the celebration remain a mystery.

In true Folk festival fashion, producers are keeping silent on the headlining act for what they’ve dubbed “65 revisited,” an affectionate nod to the Bob Dylan album ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’

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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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