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Warren’s 2nd Story plans a summer of compassion, conflict and comedy

Ed Shea's 2nd Story Theatre has planned a summer of shows with characters who "do not go gently into that good night," he said.

by Channing Gray, Providence Journal

Ed Shea’s 2nd Story Theatre has planned a summer of shows with characters who “do not go gently into that good night,” he said. And those include “Tuesdays with Morrie,” the touching story of a journalist who reunites with a former teacher who is dying; “Harold and Maude,” about the bond between a 19-year-old and […]

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Say Amen to Mass Appeal

2nd Story has lightened up the fare a bit with shows not steeped in bile. I can recommend Mass Appeal as a refreshing change of pace. The audience laughed nearly every minute.

by Joe Siegel, MotifRI

The Catholic Church has been embattled in scandal about priest sex abuse since the original reporters of Spotlight (same as the recent film) broke the story in Boston. However, the current production of Mass Appeal, playing at 2nd Story Theater in Warren, shows that a variety of closed-minded biases have existed in the church for […]

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Lots of appeal to 2nd Story’s ‘Mass Appeal’

A terrific performance by veteran Bob Colonna is only one of the reasons to check out this play.

by Channing Gray, Providence Journal

You should check out 2nd Story Theatre’s wonderful “Mass Appeal” just to catch a rare showing by Bob Colonna as the priest who is willing to say anything to his flock except the truth. He’s terrific. But Bill C. Davis’ play is not too shabby either. It’s a witty but stinging tale of an idealistic […]

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LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE at 2nd Story

You are almost out of time to go see LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE!

by Larry O'Brien, Broadwayworld.com

You are almost out of time to go see LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE by Delia and Nora Ephron, currently running Downstage at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren. Part of this is 2nd Story’s fault, as the show had a limited run to begin with; and partly this is my fault because my computer […]

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Love, Loss & What I Wore

Lynne Collinson directs six glamorous, feisty and remarkably candid women in [this] moving, marvelous production of "Love, Loss and What I Wore."

by Christopher Verleger, EDGE

The title alone says it all, but it’s so much more than that. Lynne Collinson directs six glamorous, feisty and remarkably candid women — Joanne Fayan, Tanya Anderson, Joan Batting, Pam Faulkner, Laura Sorensen and Valerie Westgate — in 2nd Story Theatre’s moving, marvelous production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” Written by Nora […]

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Collinson’s 2nd Story Directorial Debut A ‘Celebration’

Wise, witty and wonderful this show is not merely a ‘woman’s show’ but a great and truthful play that all who have had women in our lives, which is to say all of us, can appreciate and enjoy.

by F. William Oakes, East Bay RI

An old adage attributed to Ben Franklin goes: “For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost. Fort the want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For the want of a horse, the rider was lost. For the want of a rider, the battle was lost…all for the want of a horse-shoe nail.” […]

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Payton St. James Goes Old Hollywood in ‘Die, Mommie, Die!’

"I've never had a role, big or small, musical or non-musical, that I haven't found a lot of joy in playing," St. James noted.

by Joe Seigel, Edge

Payton St. James plays the lead role in 2nd Story Theater’s new production of “Die, Mommie, Die” from playwright Charles Busch. The show runs in repertory through August 28.  For more details visit 2nd Story Theater’s website. St. James plays faded fading Hollywood superstar Angela Arden. Stuck in an unhappy marriage, Angela attempts to liberate […]

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Like a soldier to the stage

Hamlet is alive and well and running amok in Warren.

by Dave Christner, Newport Mercury

Shakespeare’s storied Prince of Denmark Hamlet has arguably died more deaths than any other character in the history of theater. And few, if any, have done it better than John Barrymore, whose quintessential Hamlet set the standard for all who dared to follow. Hamlet hasn’t died so many deaths because people hate him, but rather […]

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I LOVE Hamlet

Good writing, fabulous performances and a million reasons to laugh make “I Hate Hamlet” the show you will love.

By Kathie Raleigh, Woonsocket Call

In Paul Rudnick’s play “I Hate Hamlet,” character Gary Peter Lefkowitz, a writer-director-producer of television shows, disdainfully describes performances of Shakespeare as “algebra on stage.” But Shakespeare wins out in this laugh-strewn play now in hilarious production at 2nd Story Theatre. The playwright, a frequent contributor of humor columns to “The New Yorker” magazine, puts […]

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Drag queen Payton St. James says 2nd Story role a good fit

Payton St. James can't be more perfect to play faded lounge singer Angela Arden, star of Charles Busch's outrageous "Die, Mommie, Die."

by Channing Gray, Providence Journal

Some actors are born for certain roles. Take Payton St. James, who can’t be more perfect to play faded lounge singer Angela Arden, star of Charles Busch’s outrageous “Die, Mommie, Die,” which opens Friday, July 17, at Warren’s 2nd Story Theatre. But this “she” is actually a “he,” played by a drag queen per order […]

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