Bill Gale http://ripr.org en 2nd Story’s “Freud’s Last Session” Is Quick And Sharp http://ripr.org/post/2nd-story-s-freud-s-last-session-quick-and-sharp <p></p><p>It’s September, 1939 and the carnage of World War II is just beginning. Germany has invaded Poland. The British and their allies are preparing to fight. The world is on edge.</p><p>And, frankly, so are Dr. Freud and Professor Lewis, two of the great intellectuals of their time who are meeting in Freud’s office in England. But it’s not the Nazi war machine or the reluctant answer of its provocations by the British that’s under debate.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:05:00 +0000 Bill Gale 35009 at http://ripr.org 2nd Story’s “Freud’s Last Session” Is Quick And Sharp The Gamm's "Blackbird" Takes A Tough Look At Molestation http://ripr.org/post/gamms-blackbird-takes-tough-look-molestation <p></p><p>Yes, “Blackbird,” by Scottish author David Harrower, is a toughie. There’s no way around but to say that it focuses intimately, deeply on child molestation. It considers who was involved. It asks if whether both of its main characters – a middle aged man and a 12-year-old girl -- did not each suffer greatly. And, most tellingly, it offers no solutions.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 08:17:00 +0000 Bill Gale 33160 at http://ripr.org The Gamm's "Blackbird" Takes A Tough Look At Molestation 2nd Story’s “Sylvia” Is One Of The Very Best This Season http://ripr.org/post/2nd-story-s-sylvia-one-very-best-season <p></p><p>First I’d like to say that “Sylvia” is an absolute true charmer of a play. It’s laugh out loud funny and can prompt small smiles, too. At 2nd Story, director Pat Hegnauer has given it force and speed and reached to its serious undercurrent, too. This is one of the very best productions of the current theater season. Don’t miss it.</p><p></p><p>Okay, about explaining it all. Playwright A.R. Gurney, best known for “Love Letters” and “The Dinner Party,” has set it up simply. A middle-aged couple with</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 08:15:00 +0000 Bill Gale 32857 at http://ripr.org 2nd Story’s “Sylvia” Is One Of The Very Best This Season The Gamm’s Macbeth Is A Big Bang Production http://ripr.org/post/gamm-s-macbeth-big-bang-production <p></p><p>Well, that’s right. Filled with shouting, drumming and blood, blood, blood, this Macbeth is a fearsome production. Director Fred Sullivan Jr. has missed no chance to put a point right under your nose, and into your ears.&nbsp; Drums pound, soldiers shout and women weep.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Bill Gale 31503 at http://ripr.org The Gamm’s Macbeth Is A Big Bang Production Brown 250: Playwright Lynn Nottage On The Future Of Theater http://ripr.org/post/brown-250-playwright-lynn-nottage-future-theater <p>All this week we're marking Brown University's 250th with a series of conversations with graduates, leaders and historians. Thursday we're focusing on the arts. Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale sat down with alum and playwright Lynn Nottage about her work and the future of the theater.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:20:38 +0000 Bill Gale 30043 at http://ripr.org Brown 250: Playwright Lynn Nottage On The Future Of Theater Trinity Rep's "Oliver!" Is A Solid Winner http://ripr.org/post/trinity-reps-oliver-solid-winner <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font color="#1e1e1e"><font face="Times-Roman, serif"><font size="3" style="font-size: 13pt">It certainly is. With a book, and music and lyrics, by the era’s one-time </font></font></font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font color="#1e1e1e"><font face="Times-Roman, serif"><font size="3" style="font-size: 13pt">wunderkind, Lionel Bart, “Oliver!” received 23 curtain calls opening night and </font></font></font></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:24:00 +0000 Bill Gale 29657 at http://ripr.org Trinity Rep's "Oliver!" Is A Solid Winner Trinity Rep’s “Intimate Apparel” Is Worth Seeing And Thinking About http://ripr.org/post/trinity-rep-s-intimate-apparel-worth-seeing-and-thinking-about <p></p><p>That is for sure. Playwright Lynn Nottage, a Brown graduate, has called “Intimate Apparel” a “meditation on loneliness.” Surely that is a more exact, more piercing description of this lovely, incisive and heartbreaking work at Trinity Rep.</p><p>“Intimate Apparel” is one of those plays that will have you confused sometimes, a little bored perhaps, and then will suddenly strike, make you fall for the people involved and for the ideas being put forth. It’s a play most worth seeing, and thinking about.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Bill Gale 28830 at http://ripr.org Trinity Rep’s “Intimate Apparel” Is Worth Seeing And Thinking About 2nd Story’s “Seven Keys To Baldpate” Is Quick & Bright http://ripr.org/post/2nd-story-s-seven-keys-baldpate-quick-bright <p></p><p>Right-o. Let me say it up front. “Seven Keys to Baldpate” at 2nd Story is nothing less than a charmer. It’ll tickle your funny bone and warm your heart in the middle of this obstreperous winter of our discontent.</p><p>Okay, that’s enough of 1913-type hyperbole. But there’s no question that the Providence-born Cohan knew what he was doing. He adapted “Baldpate” from a novel by the author of the Charlie Chan film series. He said the play is both a farce and a melodrama. He was right on both counts.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:15:00 +0000 Bill Gale 28731 at http://ripr.org 2nd Story’s “Seven Keys To Baldpate” Is Quick & Bright Ocean State’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” Shows That Comedy Is Not Easy http://ripr.org/post/ocean-state-s-laughter-23rd-floor-shows-comedy-not-easy <p>Think it’s easy to be funny? Is it a joy to tell jokes? To do “physical” fun?</p><p>Ah, . . . no folks, not really.&nbsp;</p><p>Comedy, as any actor or comedian will tell you, is hard.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p></p><p>Led by Trinity Rep’s leading actor, Fred Sullivan Jr., the cast pounces and pumps.</p><p>They jump on every Simon gag. They are happy to be physical throughout.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:29:02 +0000 Bill Gale 28638 at http://ripr.org Wilbury Group’s “An Iliad” Packs A Real Punch http://ripr.org/post/wilbury-group-s-iliad-packs-real-punch <p>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.”</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Bill Gale 28298 at http://ripr.org Wilbury Group’s “An Iliad” Packs A Real Punch