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Theater Reviews
5:29 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Ocean State’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” Shows That Comedy Is Not Easy

Think it’s easy to be funny? Is it a joy to tell jokes? To do “physical” fun?

Ah, . . . no folks, not really. 

Comedy, as any actor or comedian will tell you, is hard.

And that’s just the case these nights at Ocean State. The production of “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” finds nine hard-working performers giving it all they’ve got.

Led by Trinity Rep’s leading actor, Fred Sullivan Jr., the cast pounces and pumps.

They jump on every Simon gag. They are happy to be physical throughout.

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Artscape
9:59 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: In Conversation With RI Author Rosemary Mahoney

Sabriya Tenberken, Rosemary Mahoney, and Scott MacKay
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

In this month’s Artscape, RI Public Radio’s Scott MacKay speaks with Rhode Island author Rosemary Mahoney.  Mahoney spent time in India and Tibet volunteering at a school for the blind.  Her new book about that experience is entitled `For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind.’

She spoke with Scott MacKay in our Providence studios.

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Theater Reviews
4:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Wilbury Group’s “An Iliad” Packs A Real Punch

Matthew Fraza as the Poet in Wilbury Theater Group's one-man production 'An Illiad.'
Credit Wilbury Theater Group

Ah, yes, ahh, “The Iliad.” By Homer. We all know that. Helen of Troy. Achilles Agamemnon. Lots of battles, murders and . . . Well, you know truth is that a lot of folks, myself certainly included, pretty much slept through any course we ever took on “The Iliad.” We ended up with not a whole lot more than the ability to say, “Oh, yes, the Iliad. By Homer.” Haven’t looked at that in years.”

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

George Wein: Pete Seeger Is The Heart of the Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival founder George Wein says Pete Seeger's legacy will be "the power of song."
Credit file / RIPR

Newport Jazz and Folk Festival founder George Wein is calling folk legend Pete Seeger the heart and soul of the folk festival. Seeger was on the Newport Folk Festival’s first board, and Wein credits Seeger for re-starting the festival in 1963 after it fizzled out in 1960.

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Weekend Arts
9:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Weekend Arts: In Conversation With Author John Banville

John Banville
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Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman speaks with acclaimed Irish writer John Banville.

Banville was in Rhode Island reading from his works to kick off this year's Contemporary Writer's reading series at Brown University.

Banville is the author of numerous books, including The Sea; for which he was the winner of the Man Booker Prize.

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Providence
9:10 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Providence Preservation Society Releases List Of Endangered Historic Properties In The Capital

The Atlantic Mills building is number two on the list of the Providence Preservation Society's most endangered properties in the city.
Credit Jesse Burke / Providence Preservation Society

The Providence Preservation Society is out with its annual list of the most endangered properties.

These are buildings of historic or architectural interest that are threatened by neglect or development.

This year’s list includes the Superman Building in downtown Providence, which has been sitting vacant since its tenants moved out last year.

The Statehouse lawn is also included; it was partly mowed over to create more parking spaces.

Also on the list is a building at 57 Federal Street, which the society says is one of the oldest buildings in Federal Hill.

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Arts & Culture
2:24 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Rare Beethoven Manuscript Going To The Highest Bidder In New Hampshire

The rare Beethoven manuscript going up for auction in New Hampshire.
Credit Courtesy: RR Auction

An exceptionally rare scrap of music written by Ludwig Von Beethoven goes on the auction block Wednesday night at an auction house in New Hampshire. The single page document, which Beethoven apparently tore out of a sketch pad, provides rare insight into the composer’s creative process.

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Theater Reviews
6:01 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The Gamm’s “The Big Meal” Is Satisfying

Wendy Overly, Richard Donelly, Steve Kidd, Emeline Easton in Gamm's production of The Big Meal.
Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm Theatre

In an interview concerning the New York production of “The Big Meal” the 33- year-old author, Dan LeFranc, makes a point of saying that his own growing up saw, quote, “lots of support but also a ton of friction and fear.”  And that was “critical in making me the kind of writer and person I am today,” he added.

Well, that would be a guy who has sharp instincts both for the jugular and the heart. “The Big Meal” checks out those eight folks in all kinds of ways.

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NPR Listeners
1:26 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Frolicking Fido, Cozy Cats: How Listener Pets Are Chilling Out

We asked you for photos of how your pets were dealing with the frigid weather — and you folks sure did deliver. Here are some of the images you tagged #nprfrostypaws on Instagram.

Just a reminder, though, that we are seeing in some places, .

[View the story "Outdoor Pets, Indoor Pets" on Storify]

Artscape
8:44 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Artscape: Opera Star Calls Rhode Island Home

Opera star John Reylea lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

John Reylea is an internationally renowned opera star.

The bass singer has performed and recorded with many orchestras and companies including Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Boston Symphony.

Reylea hails from Canada, but now calls Rhode Island his home.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with the opera star, to talk about his career and what brought him to the ocean state.

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