Marilyn A. Busch

Over the years Marilyn has worn more theatrical hats than she can count: actress, director, costume designer, playwright, make-up artist, comedienne, publicist, marketing guru, graphic designer and chauffeur, a talent that comes in handy to this day. A true Rhode Island girl, Marilyn saw her first musical at Theater by the Sea, fell in love with acting after having Looking Glass Theater visit to her school, spent her summers with Cumberland Company and received her BA in Theater Performance from RI College. Over the years Marilyn has worked with Trinity Rep, AS220, Perishable Theatre, Community Players, Alias Stage, National Black Theater Festival and has written for Providence Monthly, The NicePaper and more. Follow her on Twitter @madbusch or shoot her an email at

Rachel Hanauer Dials Up the Opera with Who’s Calling? for Two Nights Only

The popularity — and profitability — of programming an evening of one-act plays is quite undeniable for most smaller theaters. In our current short-attention-span culture, televised entertainment is often doled out to viewers in 20-minute packages, so it stands to reason that live theater would easily follow suit. While television and plays are commonly produced […]

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Director Tony Annicone Reflects on His Life in Local Theater

Whether you are a theater-lover or a theater-maker, odds are ridiculously high that you have been witness to — or directly involved with — one of Tony Annicone’s many contributions to Rhode Island theater. Over the past 40-odd years, Tony has worked continually as an actor and director for many venues throughout the state, winning […]

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Watch Larry Houbre Jr. Pull a Rabbit Out of His Hat in Harvey at YTI

  New Bedford’s Your Theatre Inc. (YTI) has a pleasant January planned with their upcoming production of the 1945 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey by Mary Chase. The volunteer community theater has been a non-profit mainstay of the cultural scene in the southcoast area for more than 70 years, producing a full season of shows annually. Suzanne […]

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Epic’s Mighty, Mighty House of Bernarda Alba Puts a Female Face to Fascism

Epic Theatre Company is kicking off 2019 with Emily Mann’s adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s acclaimed drama The House of Bernarda Alba under the direction of Carol Schlink. Federico Garcia Lorca is widely considered to be Spain’s most important playwright and poet. The author of Blood Wedding and Yerma, his last work, The House of […]

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Sci-Fi Poetry? Meta-physical musical? Director Brien Lang on The Wilbury Theatre Group’s genre-defying Futurity

“We wrote a Civil War sci-fi musical,” states frontman César Alvarez and his New York-based indie rock band The Lisps. “It will melt your heart and ignite your brain.” This genre-defying musical is Futurity, a wild ride of a tale in which Civil War soldier Julian, along with the meta-physician Ada Lovelace, invents a steam-powered […]

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A Tale of Two Surprise Endings: ‘Night Mother and its producer, Counter-Productions Theatre Company

  For anyone familiar with the technological side of our modern world, receiving an “end of life” announcement for a piece of hardware or software is a very common reminder that all good things must come to an end. While the phrase may seem morose, within this lifecycle, there is often a new, improved replacement […]

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Greg Geer Keeps His Eye on the Ball as Director of The Who’s Tommy at Bristol Theatre Company

  The Tony Award-winning musical The Who’s Tommy is based on the classic rock opera about the deaf, dumb and blind boy who “sure plays a mean pinball.” Safe to say that most people would be able to recognize many of the show’s classic rock hits, among them “Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free” and “See Me, […]

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Inside His Head: Lenny Schwartz draws his plays from infamous comic book history

Local playwright Lenny Schwartz has made a name for himself with his award-winning Daydream Theatre Company and such plays as Co-Creator, Subject 62, The Scarecrow, The Inside of His Severed Head and many others. His screenwriting credits include everything from dark drama (The Assassination of Western Civilization, Higher Methods, Long Night in a Dead City, Normal) to […]

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