Ocean State Theatre http://ripr.org en Ocean State's "Guys and Dolls" Is Hit And Miss http://ripr.org/post/ocean-states-guys-and-dolls-hit-and-miss <p></p><p>Well, yes it does. At the Ocean State in Warwick “Guys and Dolls” – admittedly one of my all-time favorite musicals – comes across as a bifurcated project. On the one hand there is still that marvelous score by Frank Loesser, songs that can break your heart and make you laugh out loud. Under music director Justin P. Cowan they are handled well by a cast of good singers who know how to offer a song without seeming to force it.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:10:00 +0000 Bill Gale 36717 at http://ripr.org Ocean State's "Guys and Dolls" Is Hit And Miss Ocean State Theatre’s “42nd Street” Is A Good Time http://ripr.org/post/ocean-state-theatre-s-42nd-street-good-time <p></p><p>Yeah, I don’t know. Maybe I’m just a Broadway baby at heart. After all, “42nd Street” does go on for two hours and forty minutes. It’s filled with deliberately bad jokes and dialog like this: Says a director to an actor:&nbsp; “Musical comedy.</p><p>The greatest words in the English language.”</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:43:00 +0000 Bill Gale 32813 at http://ripr.org Ocean State Theatre’s “42nd Street” Is A Good Time 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 At Ocean State Theatre Lombardi Is Played With Dark Vigor http://ripr.org/post/ocean-state-theatre-lombardi-played-dark-vigor <p></p><p>Ah yes, the late Vince Lombardi. I can see him now, back in the black and white TV era of the 1960s. He’s standing like a statue on the sidelines on the tundra that is a Green Bay football field. Legs apart, polo coat covering his broad shoulders, absurd fedora on his head. And most of all there’s his shouting, bellowing, at anyone nearby. The refs, his own players, his assistant coaches, were all fair game, targets of his single minded drive.</p><p></p><p>He was the Bill Belichick of his time, the best-known coach in all of football. Only louder, tougher, harder to deal with.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:35:00 +0000 Bill Gale 24829 at http://ripr.org At Ocean State Theatre Lombardi Is Played With Dark Vigor Ocean State Theatre’s “Les Mis” is a First-Rate Effort http://ripr.org/post/ocean-state-theatre-s-les-mis-first-rate-effort <p></p><p>Yes, you could figure that &ldquo;Les Mis&rdquo; might be just a tad over-saturated these days.</p><p>Many have seen it at least once. Or, they&rsquo;ve heard the wonderful score.</p><p>But, you know what? &ldquo;Les Mis&rdquo; is still worth seeing, worth being affected by, worth pondering for its immense world view. And the production opening the season at Ocean State is a first-rate effort. No, it doesn&rsquo;t have the great turntable racing the pace on stage. It hasn&rsquo;t reached the incredible settings of Broadway or top flight road shows.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Bill Gale 22829 at http://ripr.org Ocean State Theatre’s “Les Mis” is a First-Rate Effort Ocean State Theatre's "Fools" is not one of Neil Simon's best http://ripr.org/post/ocean-state-theatres-fools-not-one-neil-simons-best <p></p><p>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.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Bill Gale 9505 at http://ripr.org Ocean State Theatre's "Fools" is not one of Neil Simon's best