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|

Snapshot!

The word “visceral” is often overused by critics in describing any work that has an immediate, almost physical impact on the audience, whether via physical events onstage or in the relentless passion of the author’s words. Polaroid Stories, a streetwise stew of classical mythology and urban tales, partly inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, promises to live […]

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Missionary Position: Mormon Hits the Spot at PPAC

Storming into Providence to baptize the unbelievers is the return of The Book of Mormon, the insanely irreverent Trey Parker/Matt Stone/Robert Lopez concoction that upends the classic buddy quest (and, yes, Lord of the Rings is certainly referenced) and manages to skewer both America and religion in one fell swoop. Two young Mormons are sent […]

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But Is the Script on Golden Plates?

The show that has been dubbed “the best musical of this century,” The Book of Mormon, returns to PPAC this month. Irreverent, unconventional and insanely popular, Mormon still has the ability to shock while providing a superior musical comedy experience. The musical stretches all boundaries of conventional taste, but contains a warmhearted core that continues to […]

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ECAS’ Divorciadas, Evangelicas y Vegetarianas Is Clever and Funny

Sometimes a play is able to slip in a message unnoticed, all while coming across as light, breezy entertainment. In the case of Gustavo Ott’s snide, yet heartwarming Divorciadas, Evangelicas y Vegetarianas (Divorcées, Evangelists, and Vegetarians), three women’s lives intersect briefly in what could be written off as an almost sitcom-like romp, but greater questions […]

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Love, Loss, and Lasagna – Barker’s Over the River and Through The Woods

Some plays are simply comfort food – warm, satisfying and faintly nostalgic. Joe DiPietro’s cleverly sentimental Over The River and Through The Woods falls squarely in this category and manages to rise above its own tropes (Italian families love food, the amusing frailties of senior citizens, etc.) often enough to enjoy it on its own […]

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Up with WomensWork

Motif recently caught up with Lynne Collinson, founder and creative director of WomensWork, a creative collective designed to provide theatrical opportunities for women, particularly women over the age of 40 Their remarkable production of Susan Miller’s autobiographical drama My Left Breast, which ran at Artists’ Exchange back in October, is making a return engagement at the […]

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