Arts & Culture

2nd Story Theatre is staging "Short-Attention Span Classics," a festival of four programs that feature brief plays by major playwrights.

Warren, RI –

2nd Story Theatre figures that today's theatergoers, weaned on television and movies, are tired of plays that take hours to cut to the chase. So why not stage a series of plays that make their point in 30 minutes and under? 2nd Story Theatre director Ed Shea says that the festival of short plays provides a new experience for all kinds of theatergoers.

An exhibition of works by Renaissance master Cosm? Tura gives this neglected artist a chance to finally take center stage.

Cambridge, MA –

Director David Fincher's new movie, starring Jodie Foster, is a thriller about an unsafe armor-plated home.

Providence, RI –

The public?s hunger for a good chill that doesn?t involve terrorists or anthrax probably explains why the just-released ?Panic Room? set a new Easter weekend box office record. And if anyone should have been able to give it to them, it?s the film?s director, David Fincher.

Photo by Carol Rosegg

April's theater choices range from strange puppeteers and a compact re-telling of "Faust" to two world premieres that deal legacies of intolerance in America.

Providence, Rhode Island –

Here is an opinionated list of shows premiering this month that look promising at least on paper -- but, of course, I take no responsibility for eventual reality.

Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Playwright Tony Kushner has a knack for seeing into the future. In 1998 he began writing "Homebody/Kabul" a play about life in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime.

Providence, RI –