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filed under: Foreigners | Theater

The Scottish Play At Gamm

1PM ON 10/03/2014
BY H.L. Parker

Macbeth at Gamm Meet the Macbeths — fun couple but their dinner parties gang aft agley.

Unchecked greed leads to an ambitious couple’s downfall in the Bard’s tale of absolute power that corrupts absolutely. Fresh from another blood-soaked victory, the brave soldier Macbeth meets a trio of witches who prophesy that he will become king of Scotland. Bolstered by supernatural omens and his indomitable wife, Macbeth kills the current king and claims the throne. Plagued by paranoia on their bloody path to glory, the seemingly untouchable Lord and Lady Macbeth get everything they ever wished for…but nothing they ever expected. Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy moves at the pace of a thriller and will keep you riveted to your seat!

Directed by Fred Sullivan, Jr. Photograph of Jeanine Kane and Tony Estrella by Peter Goldberg.

Now through April 13, Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket, tickets


filed under: Brown | Theater

‘Magic Hour’ At Leeds Theatre

11AM ON 03/02/2014
BY Beth Comery

New work from the people who brought you the charming local indie film “Breakfast with Curtis.” This time the action is live. leeds theatre The “Writing is Live” festival at Brown University features new works by writers in Brown’s graduate Writing for Performance Program; this week the festival hosts four performances of “Magic Hour” written by Laura Colella, and co-directed by Laura Colella and Aaron Jungels.

Magic Hour is a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the personalities, egos, hierarchies and relationships that make up a film’s cast and crew. They live in a bubble, in the thick of a struggling production by a well-respected auteur. Captive for long days of forced intimacy, they alternate between drama, boredom, stress and camaraderie, all in the service of creating an imagined and emotional world.

Whoa. Finally the truth behind all those delightfully free-spirited goofballs! They may have been . . . acting! Coming soon, “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Breakfast,” in which the director’s agita nearly brings production to a screeching five-minute break.

Magic Hour: 8pm, Thursday/8pm, Friday/8pm, Saturday/3pm, Sunday. All ‘Writing is Live’ performances take place at the Leeds Theatre. Reserve tickets here.

Free, “Magic Hour” runs February 6th through 9th, Leeds Theatre, 83 Waterman Street, directions


filed under: Theater | the bucket

‘The Big Meal’ At Gamm

5PM ON 21/01/2014
BY H.L. Parker

the big meal Now at the Gamm Theatre, Dan LeFranc’s “The Big Meal” directed by Tyler Dobrowski.

Somewhere in America in a suburban chain restaurant on an average night, young people Sam and Nicole meet for a drink. Sparks fly, setting in motion the extraordinary tale of five generations of an ordinary family with the moments, both mundane and milestone, that make a life. Just eight actors at one table morph into multiple characters over nearly 80 years, displaying their shared DNA, humanity and humor.

Photo by Peter Goldberg.

Through February 9, Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket, (directions), 401.723.4266​


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‘Children’s Scientology Pageant’ At Wilbury Group

5PM ON 09/12/2013
BY thewilburygroup

wilbury group The Wilbury Theatre Group presents A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant — a tongue-in-cheek telling of the founding of Scientology and the man behind it all (L. Ron Hubbard) done in the style of a children’s holiday pageant — from now through December 22nd.

Originally conceived and presented by New York’s groundbreaking theatre company Les Fres Corbusier, the same minds behind the Wilbury Group’s 2012 hit-musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Pageant went on to win the 2003 Obie Award for Best Musical upon its premiere. Pageant asks audiences important questions about the nature of religion and man’s search for meaning with a straight-faced satirical take that The New York Times called a “cult-hit blueprint for a young generation that prefers its irony delivered not with a wink but a blank stare.”

Directed by David Tessier with music by Kerry Callery.

“Talkbacks” following Thursday performances, December 12th and 19th.

$20 general admission, runs through Sunday, December 22nd, Wilbury Theatre Group, 393 Broad Street, 401.400.7100, tickets


filed under: Theater | the bucket

‘Good People’ Is Good Theater At The Gamm

11PM ON 16/11/2013
BY Daily Dose

Yikes, the new play at the Gamm is getting raves. “Good People” should play particularly well to local audiences (assuming they get the accents right).

When Margie Walsh, a single mother with a severely disabled adult daughter, loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she looks to her high-school-boyfriend-turned-successful-doctor for a new job. But her attempt to hit up “Dr. Mike,” who left working-class “Southie” for the manicured lawns of Chestnut Hill, takes a surprising turn when Margie realizes the power of a secret from her old flame’s past.

Bill Rodriguez at the Providence Phoenix,

Marvelous play, marvelous production. By the end I walked out brightened, convinced that, despite differences of class and temperament, it’s possible for contentious people to get along.

And from Channing Gray at the ProJo,

David Lindsay-Abaire spins a pretty good yarn in “Good People,” the latest offering from Pawtucket’s Gamm Theatre. But it’s the small talk that’s drop-dead funny and makes this play such a winner.

Photo by Peter Goldberg. Left to right: Mia Ellis, Jeanine Kane, Bill Mootos.

Tickets $38-$48, “Good People” through December 8, Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket, 401.723.4266


filed under: Brown | Theater

Last Chance To Catch ‘Streetcar’

11AM ON 09/11/2013
BY Beth Comery

Streetcar Stellaaaaaaa!!!!!

(11.10) Sorry, had to get that out of my system. How ever does a young actor make that line his own? You can check out one man’s interpretation over at Brown University’s Stuart Theatre.

In this inventive new production of Tennessee Williams’ tragic masterpiece, the vibrant world of the New Orleans French Quarter becomes a not-so-innocent bystander to Blanche and Stanley’s fatal pas de deux.  Arguably the greatest American play of the 20th century, Streetcar grapples with the deepest, most persistent challenges of our never-ending quest for connection:  love and desire, sex and violence, loss and loneliness.  If you’ve never visited Tennessee Williams’ New Orleans, now’s the time and if you’re ready for a return visit, get on board the Streetcar.

I’m afraid that during our recent technical misadventures the press release for this TAPS production of ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ fell through the cracks. But two performances remain, so get over there. Some highly regarded actors have come up through the Brown theater program — Laura Linney, John Krasinski, Julie Bowen, Kate Burton, James Naughton, and JoBeth Williams to name a few.

(Poster photo by Ryan Riley-Wood ‘17.)

8pm Saturday/2pm Sunday, November 9 & 10, Stuart Theater, Brown University, 75 Waterman Street (directions)


filed under: Monsters | Theater

Cumberbatch! British ‘Frankenstein’ At Avon

9AM ON 31/10/2013
BY H.L. Parker

Frankenstein (10.31) Or — The Battle of the Network Sherlocks. Tonight at the Avon, a very special Frankenstein. England’s National Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a series of encore “National Theatre Live” broadcasts (like this 2011 monster mash-up) along with new productions. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller switched roles depending on which night you went to the theater. No word on who is who tonight at the Avon. Ben Brantley reviewed the play for The New York Times after seeing both versions.

That opening sequence, in which the bloodied and naked Creature pushes through a membrane and into existence, has been staged as a brilliant, lonely ballet. Watching each of these actors (whom I saw on succeeding nights) find their feet and test their body parts is such a dizzy high point that it can’t be topped. (And their approaches are just different enough to make you want to see both.)

This would appear to be a rebroadcast of the original live broadcast, so . . . not really . . . live. But it used to be.

7pm, Thursday, October 31, Avon Cinema, 260 Thayer Street


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Wilbury Group Theatre Extends ‘Detroit’

9AM ON 08/10/2013
BY thewilburygroup

detroit The Wilbury Theatre Group is pleased to announce 3 additional performances of “Detroit” through October 12th. Lisa D’Amour’s Obie-award winning tale of two couples living in the suburbs of an unnamed city has been met with critical and popular acclaim since it’s opening, resonating with Rhode Island audiences and critics alike calling it “powerful,” “intriguing,” and “an unforgettable stage event.” Directed by Josh Short.

$20 general admission, $15 students/seniors, runs through Saturday, October 12, Wilbury Theatre Group, 393 Broad Street


filed under: Theater | the bucket

New At Gamm Theatre

8AM ON 09/09/2013
BY Daily Dose

Gamm Theatre Previews start Thursday for a double bill of one-act plays by Caryl Churchill: A Number directed by Judith Swift, and Far Away directed by Tony Estrella.

How would it feel to discover that you were just one of a number of identical copies of yourself? Acclaimed English playwright Caryl Churchill ponders this disturbing question and more in A Number, her riveting two-person play set in a world in which people can be cloned. In her dreamlike Far Away, everyday brutality, genocide, and environmental disaster fuel a world at war with itself. This double bill of provocative one-acts explores the perhaps not-so-distant future by way of science fiction and fable, keeping you firmly in its grip!

Previews (September 12 through 15) just $28.

$38, $48, September 12 through October 13, Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket, 723.4266


filed under: Film | Theater

‘Rocky Horror’ Con Comes To Town

8AM ON 20/08/2013
BY Daily Dose

RKO Con The “Rocky Horror Picture Show” national convention — the RKO Con — is headed to Providence, August 22 to 25. What a weekend . . . can we set up some kickball between the Lovecraftians and the Frankfurtians? According to the Providence Journal, “Some 300 devotees of the 1970s cult classic are expected to descend on Providence Thursday for a four-day “Rocky Horror” bash that includes a showing of the film, panel discussions, a costume contest and a late-night “Time Warp” dance party lasting into the wee hours.”

Thursday — @Dave & Buster’s, Ralph and Betty’s wedding reception/Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Friday — @Lupo’s, shadow cast of “Shock Treatment” with rave to follow until 3am

Saturday — @Columbus Theatre, “Repo!” enactments followed by a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Sunday — @Fire + Ice, closing dinner

There is some discussion of informal get-together on Wednesday at the Facebook event page. (Click here for complete event info.)


filed under: Downtown | Theater

Trinity Rep Block Party And Open House

8PM ON 16/08/2013
BY Daily Dose

Trinity Rep (8.17) Trinity Rep is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with events inside and out. From the Providence Phoenix,

The eight-hour event is sprawling and ambitious. Members of the Trinity Rep company will perform beloved scenes and songs with performers from the Manton Avenue Project, the Gamm, and the Barker Playhouse. The upstairs Chace Theater will showcase the rest of the state’s troupes, from the Contemporary Theater to the Wilbury Theatre Group. You can also examine (and buy) props and costumes, record video messages in the archive room, take an acting class, hear music by 3 Pile . . .

Tours, workshops, and demos all day long.

Free, noon to 8pm, Saturday, August 17, Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street


filed under: Brown | Theater

Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep Starts

8AM ON 10/07/2013
BY H.L. Parker

Brown/Trinity The Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep is back with three new plays.

This year’s lineup includes three brand-new plays from three young playwrights. This includes: Melena by playwright Emily Young of the NYC-based Fiasco Theatre; The Hunchback of Seville from the comedic voice of Charise Castro Smith, a recent Van Lier Fellow at New Dramatists (NYC); and The Gospel of Loving Kindness by Brown playwright professor and award-winning poet-playwright Marcus Gardley.

Founded in 2005, the Playwrights Rep was established to meet the need of emerging playwrights to develop new work in a relaxed and creative atmosphere.

The season closes on August 3rd with Marathon Madness — see all three productions in one day. Go here for complete schedule and ticket info, or head over to the Leeds Box Office.

$12 adult, Wednesday thru Saturday, July 10 thru August 3rd, Leeds Theatre, Brown University, 77 Waterman Street


filed under: South Providence | Theater

“It’s A Spaceship Now” Starts At Wilbury

8PM ON 19/06/2013
BY thewilburygroup

Wilbury Theatre Group Providence’s youngest award-winning professional theater company, The Wilbury Theatre Group, announces it’s New Works Development program’s inaugural production, Stuart Wilson’s “It’s A Spaceship Now.”

Meet Stu, a man with the heart of a child, pursuing a dream after a lifetime of slacker survival. Join him as he uses his fondness for lists, free food and Star Trek to create the part he was born to play.

The Wilbury Group developed the New Works Development program to provide artists and playwrights from across the country the opportunity to develop new plays with the support of a professional theater company.

$15, 7:30pm, Thursdays — Saturdays, June 20 — 29, Wilbury Group Theatre,  Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street, tickets here


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'Shakespeare Under The Stars' — RW National Memorial

9AM ON 29/05/2013
BY Daily Dose

TRIST Starting Thursday The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater (TRIST) will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Yeah, but with a TRIST twist — this show is all about Providence!  You’ll see folks from the Hill, from Brown, from local politics, short order cooks, and even a few neighborhood regulars performing as Shakespeare’s fairies, lovers, amateur actors furosemide no prescription and nobles.

There is some seating, but you might bring a blanket or beach chairs for the best view. Come early and have a picnic. The play runs Thursdays through Sundays at 8pm through June 16th.

Free and open to the public, MN’sD opening night 8pm, Thursday, May 30, Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street (at Smith Street), directions


filed under: Pawtucket | Theater

‘Beauty Queen’ At Gamm

5PM ON 07/05/2013
BY Daily Dose

beauty queen A new production of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane is running at the Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket now through June 2nd.

In a dimly lit kitchen in a shabby cottage in a backwater village in the west of Ireland, selfish, conniving Mag and her embittered 40-year-old virginal daughter, Maureen, stew in mutual loathing. When Maureen is offered a last chance at love, she sees an opportunity to escape. But Mag has other ideas, setting in motion a chain of betrayals and tragedy, both heartbreaking and hilarious.

Directed by Judith Swift. Seen here: Wendy Overly as Mag.

Photo by Peter Goldberg.

Through June 2nd, Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket


filed under: Theater |

One-Man Musical Workshop — Wilbury Group

3PM ON 11/04/2013
BY thewilburygroup

ISN (4.13) This Friday and Saturday the Wilbury Group will be workshopping the new production of “It’s a Spaceship Now” — an original musical by Stuart Wilson, directed by Susie Schutt.

Meet Stu, a man with a fondness for found food eating, list making, and roll-off disposal unity tentative exploration. Now join him as he attempts to build a spaceship out of a defunct Russian missile.

Directed by Susie Schutt, Providence actor, musician, and improviser Stuart Wilson brings his hilarious and heartwarming one-man musical extravaganza to The Wilbury Group as the inaugural production of our New Works Development program, come to the workshop and have a chance to participate in the development of the play. (The show will run in June.)

$10 general admission, 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday, April 12 & 13, Wilbury Group, 393 Broad Street


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