Michael Bilow

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<i>Thom Pain (based on nothing)</i> at Burbage: Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit
January 20, 2019 No Commentby

Thom Pain (based on nothing) at Burbage: Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit

It is difficult to summarize or even explain what Thom Pain (based on nothing) is about: a one-man monologue with surreal references to ...

Mental Health Parity: Local organizations help patients bear the burden of enforcing the law
January 16, 2019 No Commentby

Mental Health Parity: Local organizations help patients bear the burden of enforcing the law

Since 2008, federal law has required “parity” for most health insurance coverage of mental illness (including substance abuse) on the ...

Not Only the Good Die Young
January 16, 2019 No Commentby

Not Only the Good Die Young

Life expectancy is not supposed to decline in wealthy First World countries. As I wrote two years ago reporting that ...

Opinion: Governor’s Proposal to Legalize Recreational Cannabis – A Self-Inflicted Wound
January 16, 2019 No Commentby

Opinion: Governor’s Proposal to Legalize Recreational Cannabis – A Self-Inflicted Wound

[See also, “News Analysis: RI to Legalize Recreational Cannabis,” Jan 16, 2019] The more I talk to people on both sides ...

<i>The Burn</i> at Wilbury – OMG! Trial by Ordeal IRL!
January 16, 2019 No Commentby

The Burn at Wilbury – OMG! Trial by Ordeal IRL!

Four public high school girls and an intelligent, caring teacher study and rehearse Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. This may seem ...

News Analysis: RI to Legalize Recreational Cannabis
January 16, 2019 No Commentby

News Analysis: RI to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

[See also “Opinion: Governor’s Proposal to Legalize Recreational Cannabis – A Self-Inflicted Wound”, Jan 16, 2019] Gov. Gina Raimondo will soon formally ...

<i>A Doublewide, Texas, Christmas</i> at Newport Playhouse: This Ain't No Chekhov, Dammit
December 21, 2018 No Commentby

A Doublewide, Texas, Christmas at Newport Playhouse: This Ain’t No Chekhov, Dammit

Newport Playhouse deploys an obviously talented cast in their production of A Doublewide, Texas, Christmas who struggle valiantly to elevate a script ...

Opinion: Information Overlo<i>r</i>d: Is lack of privacy the new norm?
December 19, 2018 No Commentby

Opinion: Information Overlord: Is lack of privacy the new norm?

The most significant change affecting the ordinary person in the last few decades has been the volume and immediacy of ...

<i>It's a Wonderful Life: The Musical</i> at Community Players
December 1, 2018 No Commentby

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical at Community Players

The 1946 Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life has become such a beloved classic that nearly everyone has seen ...

Gone Fishin': RI goes it (almost) alone by banning retail sales on Thanksgiving
November 14, 2018 No Commentby

Gone Fishin’: RI goes it (almost) alone by banning retail sales on Thanksgiving

Although Rhode Island General Laws (§ 5-23-2) allow licenses for businesses to operate on most holidays, “No license shall be issued ...