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BOSTON, MASS. – Dramatic narratives built from historical and archival materials have been called “testimony’s ambitious sister” by the late South African Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu. They provide a voice for ordinary, silenced people who have lived through or died during extraordinary circumstances, and have the power to break stereotypes, enhance understanding and foster empathy.

“Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away” provides that narrative for the approximately one million Jews and tens of thousands of Polish political prisoners, Sinti, Roma and Soviet POWs, Jehovah’s Witnesses and those the Nazis deemed homosexual, disabled, criminal, inferior or adversarial in countless other ways who met their demise at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Oświęcim, Poland. The traveling exhibition is having its New England premiere at The Castle at Park Plaza after opening in Madrid’s Arte Canal Exhibition Centre in 2017. more

PROVIDENCE – A “tale as old as time” is more than just a lyric from Disney’s animated film “Beauty and the Beast.” The story about a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his selfishness and must gain the love of a selfless woman to recover his humanity was first published as a French … more
Bob Abelman, an award-winning former theater critic for the Austin Chronicle and Cleveland Jewish News, is now writing reviews of the Providence Performing Arts Center’s Broadway and Encore … more
PROVIDENCE – When it was announced in early 2016 that an adaptation of Harper Lee’s benchmark novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” was heading for the Broadway stage, it did not take … more
PROVIDENCE – Biographical jukebox musicals are, by their very nature, highly predictable and easily digestible creatures. They all use the immensely familiar music generated by a popular … more
PROVIDENCE – “Gitchie, gitchie, ya-ya, da-da (hey, hey, hey)/Gitchie, gitchie, ya-ya, here.” This inane lyric from LaBelle’s 1974 hit song “Lady Marmalade,” which opens John Logan’s Tony Award-winning "Moulin Rouge! The Musical," speaks volumes about everything that comes after. more