Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
8:10 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Strong performance at The Wilbury Group

“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity”
Credit Brian Gagnon

Providence’s newest theater, the Wilbury Group operates out of a defunct mill in Olneyville. These nights they are taking on a feisty play, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” which was a runner-up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. While it begins with a look at professional wrestling, Bill Gale says it aims considerably higher. “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity continues at the Wilbury Group through February 9th.  Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for Rhode Island Public Radio.

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Arts & Culture
9:10 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Courthouse Center Stage hopes to re-open in 6 months

Financial pressures have forced the temporary closure of the Courthouse Center Stage in West Kingston.   The popular theater will be mothballed for six months as it mounts a $100K capital drive, according to board member Anna Prager. "Yes, I am extremely disappointed but at the same time I am hopeful that if we suspend programming and concentrate on fundraising we can start in new and better shape."
 
Prager says they cut back staff so much they realized it was impossible to mount productions, raise money and tend to an aging, historic building all at the same time.

Arts & Culture
5:09 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

New exhibit opens at Green Space

A new art exhibit opened this past Wednesday (1/30) at Green Space gallery at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick.

The show, entitled “ON AND THROUGH AND IN BETWEEN” deals with dreams and memories, and features the work of two Rhode Island artists says the gallery director Lynne Harlow.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Trinity Rep's Crime and Punishment is a rapid-fire production

Trinity Rep resident company member Stephen Thorne as Raskolnikov and Dan Butler
Credit Mark Turek

When you enter Trinity Rep’s Dowling Theater these evenings you just can’t miss the mess. Designer Eugene Lee has outdone himself, creating a scene that looks like a teenager’s bedroom on a very bad day. The walls are covered with large carpets, all conflicting in tone and color. There’s a distinctly un-comfortable looking iron bed.  Lamps from all eras abound. A Danish modern table, a keyboard from when, the 1960s, maybe? And above all is a huge crucifix, on which the murdered Jesus is nailed.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Artscape: How to talk like a New Englander

Trinity Rep & Brown University's director of voice and speech Thom Jones
Credit Catherine Welch

New England accents are rich and varied, after all someone from Maine will say “park your car” very differently than someone from Boston or Rhode Island. In this month’s Artscape, we explore the way we talk. To do that, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Brown University and Trinity Rep.’s master of dialects Thom Jones to dig into the stories behind the accents.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Ocean State Theatre's "Fools" is not one of Neil Simon's best

Stacey Geer, Matthew Rickard, and Alexander Cook star in Neil Simon’s highly comic play Fools
Credit Mark Turek

With their very fine new performing space (excellent sight lines, comfortable seats, good facilities) it seems a shame that Ocean State has picked a weak-at-the-knees Neil Simon play to officially open Rhode Island’s newest theater.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

2nd Story Theatre's Amadeus is a show not to miss

Andrew Iacovelli as Mozart, Ed Shea as Salieri and Valerie Westgate as Constanze
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

Dark.

If you had just one word to describe the powerful, incisive version of “Amadeus” at 2nd Story that might be it. After all, even when you enter the performing space you notice the dim. A couple of lights, a candle or two, and that’s it. Watch your step, and maybe get out those reading glasses if you care to check the program.

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Arts & Culture
8:12 am
Mon January 28, 2013

RI has 3 of the most romantic restaurants in the country

Three Rhode Island restaurants have been named “most romantic” as the result of reviews given by consumers across the country.    Making the list of the Top 100 Romantic Restaurants on the website OpenTable.com are Basil’s Restaurant in Narragansett, Bouchard Restaurant in Newport, and the Spiced Pear in Newport.  

The ratings were given after evaluating five-million reviews consumer reviews.  

The reviews rated Italian, French, American,European/continental, fondue,and seafood cuisines as the most popular.

Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Greenwich Odeum Theater reopening Saturday

The Greenwich Odeum on 59 Main St., East Greenwich.
Credit The Greenwich Odeum Theater

The Greenwich Odeum Theater reopens tomorrow (Saturday) with an evening of performances at its historic location on Main Street in East Greenwich. After surviving many incarnations since it opened as a vaudeville house in 1926, the theater closed in 2007 due to stricter fire codes following the tragic 2003 Station nightclub fire in West Warwick. Five years and over 200,000 dollars in renovations later, the Greenwich Odeum will host performing arts events once again. Co-chair of the Odeum's board, Frank Prosnitz, says theater lovers old and new are ready for this next chapter.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Gamm's Ann Boleyn is off-the-wall but also serious

Madeleine Lambert as Anne Boleyn
Credit Peter Goldberg

Oh my goodness, folks, those wacky Brits are back. They arrived Monday night in a slippery snowstorm using as their invasion vehicle the much anticipated, and much hyped, “Anne Boleyn” by veteran troublemaking playwright Howard Brenton. You will remember his work if you caught the deliciously provocative play “Paul” which celebrated the life of St. Paul at the Gamm a while ago.

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