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Theater Reviews
1:07 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Theatre-by-the Sea’s Production is the Cats Meow

The cast of CATS at Theatre By The Sea through July 13.
Credit Steven Richard Photography / Theatre-by-the-Sea

It’s a funny thing about “Cats.”

Some people, many actually, are enthralled by this musical taken almost completely from a poem by that Anglo-American literary icon, T.S. Eliot. “Cats” lovers adore the music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and are happy to forget about the almost plotless story line that finds a beat-up old cat restored to vibrant life.

Others, myself included, enjoy much of the music but really find “Cats” to be a clawless work, more a stagnant showing off piece than anything else.

So , make your choice and pay your money. Or not.

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Local Features
12:55 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Life Changed by a Cat

There's a well known Yiddish expression you may have heard:  Der mentsh trakht un Got lakht.  Translation: Man plans and God laughs.  How often does it happen that your best laid plans get turned upside down by some unexpected development in your life?  As Harry Sterling reminds us, sometimes what lands on our doorsteps -- both literally and figuratively --  has a way of reminding us not to be too confident when we map out our paths.


The Rev. Dr. Harry Sterling retired in 2003 from a career conducting research in health and human services and lives with his wife on Prudence Island.  Sterling learned to sail in a small cat boat; these days he reads, writes, and volunteers in a variety of community organizations. He and his wife were adopted by a feral kitten, who, after a violent storm, decided to live inside.

Politics
4:36 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Bill Would Outlaw Debarking and Declawing of Pets

Senator Dominick J. Ruggerio, a Democrat from Providence,  has introduced legislation that will prohibit landlords from requiring pet owners to declaw and devocalize their cats and dogs. 

Both procedures require invasive surgery, and, in the case of devocalization, are potentially life-threatening, according to the Coalition to Protect and Rescue of Pets.

If passed, property owners would still retain the right to bar pets from their buildings.

Similar legislation was passed in California last year.