Veronica Bruscini is an avid theatergoer with a passion for the written word. She occasionally steps behind the curtain as a puppeteer and stage manager, and she has worked as the assistant director for three productions sponsored by the Holocaust through the Arts educational initiative. Psalm 111:10.
STOMP's Precision Percussion Brings Energetic Rhythm to PPAC
May 18, 2013
For two non-stop, high-energy hours, the performers in STOMP drum, dance, and yes stomp their way through an array of impressive percussive exhibitions.
BWW Reviews: OSTC Stages Terrific THE KING AND I
April 27, 2013
Ocean State Theatre Company closes the inaugural season at its new Warwick location on a high note with a winning production of 'The King and I.'
BWW Reviews: Impressive Beatles Tribute RAIN Brings History and Harmony to Providence
April 22, 2013
'RAIN's' long history - dating back to the 1970s with both US and international tours, as well as a recent limited engagement on Broadway - attests to the high quality of the production. This tour boasts an amazing sound, a sharp, authentic look, and an impressively talented quintet of musicians.
BWW Reviews: Artists' Exchange Celebrates Opening of Theatre 82 with Touching OUR TOWN
April 6, 2013
Artists' Exchange gathered a solid ensemble of local actors for their production of 'Our Town,' and this group makes the most of each and every character portrayed on stage.
BWW Review: Wildly Entertaining BLUE MAN GROUP Brings Humor, Light, and Music to Providence
March 2, 2013
The long-running 'Blue Man Group' presents a new touring production that combines smart physical comedy, brilliant visual effects, impressive musical talent, and the odd science lesson to create 90 minutes of non-stop entertainment.
BWW Review: LORD OF THE DANCE Melds Fleet Feet and Fantasy in Rhode Island
February 17, 2013
'Lord of the Dance' has a somewhat more defined story line than Flatley's other smash hit, Riverdance, and the show joins traditional forms of Celtic dance with modern styles and performance skills to tell its tale.
BWW Reviews: 2nd Story Theatre Stages Intense, Provoking AMADEUS
January 31, 2013
Peter Shaffer creates an intriguing piece of historical fiction by recognizing that the most forceful and compelling of human foibles often emerge clearly in situations of artistic rivalry.
BWW Reviews: OSTC'S Production of FOOLS a Colorful, Fractured Fable
January 26, 2013
The Ocean State Theatre Company officially begins its inaugural season with Neil Simon's 'Fools,' a light-hearted and zany tale of breaking curses and finding true love.
BWW Reviews: GAMM Hosts U.S. Premiere of Spirited ANNE BOLEYN
January 22, 2013
Howard Brenton breathes new life into Boleyn's public persona as Queen and delves deeply into her private and fiercely-held personal faith; he also employs the characters to examine the realities and intersections of state, religious, and gender politics at work in Tudor England.
BWW Reviews: Trinity Rep Offers Ambitious CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
January 21, 2013
Trinity Repertory Company's Artistic Director, Curt Columbus, and actor/playwright Marilyn Campbell tackle the daunting feat of adapting Fyodor Dostoyevsky's classic work 'Crime and Punishment' from full-length literary masterpiece to a streamlined, 90-minute theatrical experience.
BWW Reviews: Brilliant MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks at PPAC
January 16, 2013
From its very first notes, 'Million Dollar Quartet' is clearly no run-of-the-mill jukebox musical. The show serves both as a time capsule and a time machine, taking a nostalgic look back at the emergence of rock n' roll in the late 1950s and, specifically, recreating a legendary moment in the history of the genre.
BWW Reviews: PPAC Rings in New Year with Broadway-Bound JEKYLL & HYDE
January 2, 2013
Frank Wildhorn's musical 'Jekyll & Hyde' continues its return journey to New York with a limited engagement, pre-Broadway tour.
Best of Rhode Island - Editor's Picks 2012
December 27, 2012
2012 was a banner year for theater in Rhode Island. Several national tours launched their runs in Providence at the PPAC, the Ocean State Theatre Company opened a brand-new venue in Warwick, and Rhode Island's local companies proved their mettle in a season packed with talent and innovation. What follows is a brief look back at five of the stand-out productions of 2012.
BWW Reviews: OSTC Christens New Location with Jolly WINTER WONDERETTES
December 8, 2012
The Ocean State Theatre Company opens their new Warwick performance space with carols and comedy in the tune-filled Christmastime cabaret 'The Winter Wonderettes.'
BWW Reviews: Outstanding MEMPHIS Earns Resounding Applause at PPAC
December 5, 2012
The touring production of the 2010 Tony Award-winning musical 'Memphis' boasts a memorable score, a compelling story line, and an absolutely stellar cast of actors.
BWW Reviews: Delightful, Compelling LOST IN YONKERS at 2nd Story Theatre
November 26, 2012
Spot-on delivery and even pacing are essential to a successful production of Neil Simon's complex material, and 2nd Story Theatre's cast, under the direction of Mark Peckham, is entirely up to the task.
BWW Reviews: PPAC Presents First-Rate Production of Beloved FIDDLER
November 24, 2012
'Fiddler's' current touring company maintains the show's long legacy with great success. This tour boasts a polished, professional group of actors who breathe new life into the familiar story and songs.
BWW Reviews: Trinity Repís Classic CHRISTMAS CAROL an Enduring Rhode Island Tradition
November 21, 2012
Trinity Repertory Company recreates the snowy streets of Victorian London in its upstairs Chace Theater for the 36th annual production of 'A Christmas Carol.'
BWW Reviews: The Gamm Theatre Examines Art and Life in RED
November 13, 2012
RED, which won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, focuses on the two intense years Mark Rothko spent creating a set of murals for the Four Seasons Restaurant. The Gamm's intimate performance space is ideal for this production. The smell of paint lingers in the air, and even patrons in the back rows can hear excess color dropping from brushes to spatter on the floor.
BWW Reviews: 2nd Story Theatre Dazzles With Brilliant AN INSPECTOR CALLS
November 12, 2012
The courtroom of the Bristol Statehouse provides the perfect atmosphere for 'An Inspector Calls,' and 2nd Story's cast flawlessly presents J.B. Priestley's clever and thought-provoking work.
BWW Reviews: PPAC Welcomes Christmas Season with Festive ELF
November 5, 2012
'Elf the Musical' boasts a jazzy, highly enjoyable score by Doug Besterman, and traces Buddy the Elf's quest to find his biological father in the faraway land of New York City.
BWW Reviews: Wilbury Group Presents Witty, Moving LUNGS
October 16, 2012
Current world events, financial realities and personal readiness are concerns all couples grapple with when deciding if the time is right to start a family together. However, most couples do not discuss these issues with the hilarious, unrestrained animation of M and W, the engaging young duo at the center of Duncan MacMillan's LUNGS.
BWW Reviews: Vibrant, Fast-Paced CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Launches National Tour at PPAC
October 10, 2012
Based on an incredible true story, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN explores Frank W. Abagnale, Jr.'s family life, his exploits and adventures, and the cross-country chase that ensues when his forged checks and high-flying antics catch the attention of the FBI's most dogged agent.
BWW Reviews: Trinity Rep Opens 2012-13 Season with Compelling KING LEAR
September 17, 2012
Providence's celebrated Trinity Repertory Company opens its 49th season with a powerful production of Shakespeare's tragedy, KING LEAR.
BWW Reviews: Theatre by the Sea Stages Tune-Filled HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS
August 18, 2012
Once again, the Ocean State Theatre Company has assembled a very talented cast of musical theatre performers, and 'How to Succeed's' song-and-dance numbers are this production's greatest strength.
Black Box Theatre Explores Life and Love in Wave III of Annual ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL through 8/26
August 18, 2012
For the third and final wave of the 2012 One Act Play Festival, Artists' Exchange presents six unique stories in the intimate Black Box Theatre. The characters and settings are as diverse as can be, but each play reflects similar subjects and themes: love and fear, life and death.
BWW Reviews: 2nd Story Theatre Closes Summer Season with Sparkling SABRINA FAIR
August 13, 2012
Warren's 2nd Story Theatre finishes its summer 2012 season with a modern-day fairy tale, SABRINA FAIR.
BWW Reviews: Dolly Partonís Colorful, Energetic 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL Plays Theatre by the Sea
July 21, 2012
'9 to 5: the Musical' brims with infectious energy from the first notes of the title song; the production's engaging cast of characters and its madcap tale of corporate retribution keep that momentum going from start to finish.
BWW Reviews: Courthouse Center for the Arts Extends Outstanding Production of TITANIC
July 15, 2012
It's no wonder that the Courthouse Center for the Arts recently announced extended performances of 'Titanic,' this production is undeniably excellent in every respect.
BWW Reviews: 2nd Story Theatre's REBECCA - An Engaging Classic
July 10, 2012
Daphne du Maurier's classic, haunting novel Rebecca is an ambitious project to recreate on stage, but 2nd Story Theatre does the tale justice with a smart, well-paced and engaging production.
BWW Reviews: Theatre By The Sea Presents Beloved Classic THE SOUND OF MUSIC
June 23, 2012
Theatre By The Sea stages Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic 'The Sound of Music' as the second production of the 2012 summer season.
BWW Reviews: WHEN MAHALIA SINGS Makes a Joyful Sound at Trinity Rep
June 23, 2012
Mixed Magic Theatre and Trinity Repertory Company celebrate the life and legacy of legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in 'When Mahalia Sings.'
Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - Rhode Island!
June 7, 2012
Rhode Island boasts a wealth of summertime must-see theater, from one-time special events to long-established returning favorites.
BWW Reviews: FOREVER PLAID Brings Heart, Harmony & Laughs to Theatre By The Sea
June 3, 2012
Rhode Island summer stock favorite Theatre by the Sea opens its 2012 season on a high note with the nostalgic musical comedy FOREVER PLAID. Matunuck's talented Plaids dazzle the audience with their impeccable harmonies and charm with their delightfully awkward choreography. Their unsubtle attempts at subtlety, both during transitions and as they correct onstage missteps and flubs, are uproariously funny and endearing all at once. This underdog quartet may not be the smoothest group, but they have heart and lots of it.
BWW Reviews: BURN THE FLOOR Dances into Providence with Pure Energy, Lots of Pizzazz
May 5, 2012
Burn the Floor brings controlled power, easy elegance and plenty of style to the Providence Performing Arts Center.
The Gamm Theatre Presents George Orwellís Haunting Vision of the Future: 1984
May 2, 2012
The year is 1984or is it? In a world where Big Brother is always watching, the Thought Police monitor every word and action, and yesterday's news is literally rewritten to correspond with today's most pressing political concerns, even the most basic information - names, dates, key historical events - is distressingly unreliable.
BWW Reviews: Disney Theatricals and Cameron Mackintosh Re-imagine MARY POPPINS from Page to Screen to Stage
February 13, 2012
Chimney sweeps dance, artwork comes alive and, ultimately, Mary Poppins' influence restores the fraying family ties between Mr. and Mrs. Banks and their two children. Yet theatergoers expecting a close interpretation of Disney's classic 1964 film will find little familiar territory in the onstage production of Mary Poppins. The show's creators certainly reference the movie in the costumes and sets and, more notably, by incorporating many of the film's most popular songs. However, the children's interactions and adventures with their "practically perfect" nanny primarily reflect stories included in the original Mary Poppins book series by P.L. Travers.
BWW Reviews: ITíS A WONDERFUL LIFE Live ďOn the AirĒ at Trinity Rep
December 16, 2011
Trinity Repertory Company is well on its way to establishing a new Christmastime tradition in Rhode Island. 'It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play' recreates the beloved 1946 Jimmy Stewart/Donna Reed film as a 1940s-style radio production, complete with an on-air announcer, a tireless Foley artist and a live studio audience.