Events:

  • A Christmas for Carol

    A new, plucky Christmas comedy in which an endearingly enthusiastic office worker learns the true meaning of Christmas, one office hijink at a time.

    November 17 - December 31
  • Hamilton

    The experience even Disney Plus can’t capture in full, Hamilton returns to Providence for a highly anticipated second run. Reserve your tickets before they sell out!

    November 30 - December 12
  • Mark Binder presents Izzy Abrahmson’s Village Life Chanukah Book and Storytelling Tour

    Join Motif Editor Mark Binder and his alter-ego, Izzy Abrahmson for this delightful program. Tickets are available at https://village-life-winter-blessings.eventbrite.com/

    December 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 5, 2021

  • Kismet & Friends at Kismet Improv

    Improvisers bring their signature wacky, creative and weird personalities to the stage in this show inspired by a suggestion, a word, or a story. Featuring special guests – check our Facebook page to find out who!

    December 4 @ 7:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday, repeating until December 11, 2021

  • Louie Likes it Hot Featuring Jack Babineau

    Mix of covers and original music. Louie doesn’t want it cold.

    December 4 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Wild Nights

     Band playing pop, rock, country and dance music. Should be a… wow they really chose a perfect name.

    December 4 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • A Christmas Carol

    Trinity Rep’s beloved all-ages classic returns! Don’t Scrooge around, secure tickets in advance for the perennial holiday event.

    December 5 @ 12:00 pm
  • Mark Binder presents Izzy Abrahmson’s Village Life Chanukah Book and Storytelling Tour

    Join Motif Editor Mark Binder and his alter-ego, Izzy Abrahmson for this delightful program. Tickets are available at https://village-life-winter-blessings.eventbrite.com/

    December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 5, 2021

  • Hiss Golden Messenger

    Folk music band.

    December 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • PVD S.W.A.P. Meet

    (S)poken (W)ord (A)nd (P)oetry Tuesdays: an exciting spoken word event with free parking, cash bar, catered food and DJ Donnie Battle playing the throwbacks.  

    December 7 @ 7:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until January 25, 2022

  • Holiday Art Market

    Build community through art and educational empowerment.

    December 9 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sweet Little Variety Show

    Local musicians, poets, magicians, comedians, dancers, actors, burlesque, filmmakers and many more create a fast-paced, unpredictable evening.

    December 9 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Friday Night Frenzy at Kismet Improv

    Come watch fiery comedians perform games, scenes and songs in the style of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway.’ The creative, silly and fast-paced performers will keep you laughing with ideas based on your suggestions.

    December 10 @ 7:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Friday, repeating until December 10, 2021

  • A Christmas Story: The Musical

    You’ll shoot your eye out, kid! With music by Oscar-winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, of La La Land fame.

    December 10 @ 7:30 pm - December 18 @ 7:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 18, 2021

    An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until December 19, 2021

Terry Shea

Terry Shea has been involved in RI Theater since 1986 and graduated with a BA in Theater Performance from Rhode Island College in 1992. Since then, he has been working in Theater, TV and Radio on a regular basis and co-created the RI Theater review website, MoreTeeth, in 2010. Reviewing for Motif since November 2012, Terry is still (mostly) active as an actor, director and sound designer and also as a voiceover talent for 990WBOB internet radio. Sometimes he brings his kids to the shows to keep his reviews from being too jaded, but they're more cynical than he is. | tbshea@hotmail.com | 413-429-1872|

The Gamm Brings Fear to the Forefront

Fear is the watchword for The Gamm’s 29th Season opener with a unique double-bill that pairs two masterful works from the celebrated Caryl Churchill. A Number and Far Away share many qualities, but for all of their near-futuristic, science-fiction horror and vague portents of  forthcoming dystopian muck, the chief fear emanating from the audience was […]

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A Wave of One-Act Plays at Artists’ Exchange

With all of the theater choices Rhode Island has to offer, it’s surprisingly difficult to find something fresh and unknown. While the movie studios tend to produce much-anticipated new blockbuster releases from June through September, the theaters tend to churn out revivals and light, familiar fare. Kevin Broccoli’s monologapaloozas aside, it’s a chore to find […]

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Mixed Magic Theatre Meets The Zoo Story’s Challenge

Edward Albee’s startlingly beautiful and disturbing debut, The Zoo Story, gets few airings, despite its notoriety. Professional productions are prohibited, which leaves this challenging one-act to academic and amateur settings. To further narrow the possibilities for production, The Zoo Story is not your typical community theater fare, and often needs to be paired with similar Absurdist shorts […]

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Head South and Give an Ear to God’s Ear

This is an interesting time for Rhode Island theater, as the seemingly isolated and disparate companies proliferating the Ocean State are beginning to form some interesting collaborative partnerships. Aside from the Rhode Island Performance Exchange (an informal communal gathering of the state’s performing entities, pro and amateur alike) there is the newly formed Rhode Island […]

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