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rhode island's trinity rep and gamm theatre postpone fall seasons

Two important Rhode Island theaters announced Wednesday that they will push back the starts of their previously scheduled seasons from September to January due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boston Globe

THE SHOW GOES ONLINE FOR R.I.'S SHUTTERED THEATERS

Virtual classes and performances are maintaining their connection with audiences during the coronavirus shutdown. Coronavirus may have lowered the curtain on area stages, but it hasn’t dampened the spirits of Rhode Island’s theatrical community...Artistic director Tony Estrella says, “At the same time we are being reactive to events, we are trying to...support each other and continue to share our stories in a digital world.”
Providence Journal

Rotary invests in Gamm, so theater invests in students

A $20,000 Rotary Club of Warwick grant could make for some stars, although that isn’t the intended purpose of expanding a program run by The Gamm Theatre at Norwood School to three other elementary schools as well as introducing new programs to middle and senior high school students. Warwick Beacon

At The Gamm Theatre, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ becomes a radio show

Close your eyes and become immersed in the snowy wonderland of Bedford Falls on Christmas Eve 1946, as the guardian angel Clarence helps bank loan officer George Bailey find the true meaning of life in the holiday classic 'It’s a Wonderful Life.'
Providence Journal

JQA explore timeless travails of politics at gamm theatre

After directing the play in Washington, including Trinity Repertory Company actor Phyllis Kaye, Posner said he made a few changes to the script and brought some tweaks to the Gamm rehearsal. Providence Journal
 

Ibsen classic gets a sequel in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ at The Gamm Theatre

Great theater often leaves audiences wondering what might have happened next, a thread contemporary playwright Lucas Hnath provocatively teases out with his extension of the classic play 'A Doll’s House.' Providence Journal

Warwick's Gamm Theatre to present musical, R.I. premieres in 2019-20 season

The lineup focuses on American playwrights and the theater’s first musical, Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins
Providence Journal

editorials & opinion

Gamm already a wonderful community partneR

The Gamm has already put on a number of highly-acclaimed shows, and they’ve done it while seamlessly blending the work of brand-new playwrights with remade classics – from fresh sequel takes on the classical Ibsen to their interpretation of modern masters of the stage. Warwick Beacon

ASSASSINS REVIEWS
 

History Of Gun Violence Resonates With Today In Gamm's 'Assassins'

It's possible that this is the kind of musical for people who don't like musicals... It's a play I'm still thinking about a few days later after seeing it. The Public's Radio

'Assassins' Serves up History's Dark Side

Absolutely brilliant .... Riveting .... Amusing .... 'Assassins' manages to hit the target. EDGE Media Network

'Assassins' at The Gamm Theatre Hits the Mark

Don't miss your shot to see the Gamm Theatre's production of 'Assassins'. Broadway World


Rooted in dark humor, ‘Assassins’ hits the comedic bullseye

It’s mesmerizing...You’re in for a creative and intelligent production. The Times

Sondheim's 'Assassins' a wild ride at the Gamm

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up—suspend your judgments, cast away your barometers of normalcy and settle in for one wild, roller coaster of a ride. ...Yes, indeedy, attention must be paid to the musical now on stage at the Gamm Theatre. ...An exceptional cast...moments of genius. Call 'Assassins' dark humor, call it provocative, call it wild satire, call it madness, call it frightening, call it what you will, but call it a must-see. Westerly Sun

ADMISSIONS REVIEWS
 

Gamm Theatre’s ‘Admissions’ Brilliantly Examines Ongoing Controversy

Be sure to catch “Admissions”....An excellently directed and acted show that will keep your interest from start to finish. Theatre Mirror

Searing ADMISSIONS Shines at The Gamm

Thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny, especially when performed by such an exceptional cast. Broadway World


A Family Struggles With Putting Politics Into Action In The Gamm's 'Admissions'

If you go—and you should—you will find yourself in a work going hard, fast, and comical for about an hour and 45 minutes. There’s no intermission either. But the power, humor and realness will keep you hooked. The Public's Radio


Admit one to GAMM Theater

The intrapersonal conflicts are delicious. You will discuss the contradictions in this play long after the lights go out. There are dozens of honest laughs and a couple of stunners. Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

‘Admissions’ Review

"Admissions" is an effective entertainment and also a wonderful exploration of who we are and who we hope to be. EDGE Media Network

THE GAMM DELIVERS ANOTHER BITING LOOK AT WHO WE THINK WE ARE

Admissions is not only a “good play,” it’s important work. While calling up the ghosts of the socially conscious sitcoms of the 1970s, it entertains while challenging us to ask questions that “good white people” thought were already answered. Harmon reminds us here that the questions need to keep coming as our attitudes evolve and progress. Motif
 

You need to get in on Gamm’s ‘Admissions’

Harmon’s writing is insightful, pointed – and funny. In her Gamm debut, Director Bryn Boice, associate artistic director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, gets the tone and texture of the action and the ideas just right, coming from a place of understanding for the characters and their feelings....at its heart, this story is personal, and that’s what goes home with us. The Times

Topical, thought-provoking 'Admissions' at Gamm

Tense, taut, remarkable....one heck of a play that will both entertain and at times infuriate you and leave you thinking. 
Warwick Beacon


'Admissions' at the Gamm offers food for thought

I didn't leave the theater feeling guilty or privileged or defeated or sad, I ended up thinking about how damned difficult — and sensitive — matters of race are, were and will probably always be. And yes, I felt uncomfortable but I also ended up feeling hopeful and grateful that we can and should talk about race and grateful that we can and should laugh at ourselves. Westerly Sun

ADMISSIONS Keeps Gamm’s Bar at its Highest!

It’s an understatement to say that this has been a noteworthy season for The Gamm thus far. From the first scene of 'A Doll’s House Part II' to the historical insights of 'JQA'; the utter charm of 'It’s a Wonderful Life, the Radio Play'; the bar for theatrical excellence has been set inexorably high, and yet with the current comedy-drama, 'Admissions,' they found another few inches to raise it up even more so. Cumulus Media & WBLQ Westerly

 

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play reviews

a holiday classic gets a wonderful makeover At The Gamm Theatre

If you think staging “It’s a Wonderful Life,” everybody’s favorite Christmas movie, as a reading with sound effects would be an unpardonable sin, then you have forgotten the kind of theatrical magic Warwick’s Gamm Theatre is capable of.
Providence Journal

Holiday Perfection at Gamm's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Everything about the show truly works together to create an unforgettable experience that will make you feel like you're seeing It's a Wonderful Life for the first time. Making something so well-known and recognizable feel so fresh and new, making it this surprising and fun, is no small feat, and Gamm has pulled it off spectacularly. Broadway World

Gamm's "Wonderful Life" Is A Winner All The Way

Who knew? Who knew that a wonderful piece of Americana, “It’s A Wonderful Life” is not only a movie that most all of us love around the time of Christmas. It’s truly a way of showing, celebrating a great time. This different “Wonderful Life” at The Gamm is a winner all the way. The Public's Radio

Review: The Gamm’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”

This heartwarming show perfect for all ages revved up my holiday spirit. Those familiar with the movie will find this faithful (yet inventive) radio adaptation hits just the right sentimental chord while youngsters can enjoy the story for the first time through the lens of director Damon Kiely. Nothing instills the nostalgia of the holiday season quite like a classic, and this show is the perfect outing for a cold winter’s night. East Greenwich News

Gamm’s Wonderful Life a Cup of Holiday Cheer

This family-friendly show is accessible and enjoyable for children, people unfamiliar with the story and those who consider it a holiday staple. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is the embodiment of Christmas spirit and warmth and deserves a spot on your calendar. WPRO

A Heartwarming Treat

The Gamm Theatre serves up a heartwarming treat...The adaptation is a highly entertaining production which will leave you smiling as you leave the theater. Warwick Post

GAMM’S WONDERFUL LIFE IS SIMPLY CHARMING

It’s a most difficult task to make hard work look not only easy, but joyful, and this production welcomes us in with open arms and a cup of good cheer without coming across as smarmy or ingratiating. It’s a simple show with a simple message – be a good neighbor, be a good person – but the afterglow is as powerful as any Dickens or Messiah can deliver this season. It’s a wonderful show. Motif

Heartwarming Version of "It's a Wonderful Life" At The Gamm

If watching Frank Capra's "It’s A Wonderful Life," is part of your family's usual holiday tradition, you might consider gathering the crew together and traveling to Warwick to see the heartwarming production of "It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" at the Gamm Theatre. What a sweet, uplifting production this is, and what a perfect way to keep the spirit of the season aglow.  Westerly Sun

JQA REVIEWS

 

JQA at The Gamm Theatre

Even if one isn't a history buff, JQA is a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece of theatre, exploring the responsibility we owe to both our loved ones and our country. Gamm's production is not to be missed. Broadway World

The Gamm's 'JQA' is a must-see and not just for history buffs

Rarely has a performance stirred my soul and sparked my patriotism as profoundly as 'JQA' — the stunning, superb, ever-so-timely, four-person play on stage at the Gamm Theatre through Nov. 17. Westerly Sun

"JQA" At The Gamm Offers A Reflection Of America

The Gamm Theatre is telling stories of American times, from the days of George Washington to Abraham Lincoln, with John Quincy Adams in the middle. Bill Gale says it’s a whirlwind play that will give you much to think about. The Public's Radio

Riveting ‘JQA’ at GAMM Theatre

"It is a brilliant and excellently written play. Riveting and electrifying, the play shows great depth and emotion and isn’t dry as dust as one would expect from historical plays. Theater Mirror

JQA at the Gamm is Sharp, Relevant and Funny

This riveting piece of theater focuses on a man desperate to be a different person than he was raised to be, but duty to country and family are both powerful forces that pull him from those dreams. WPRO

The Gamm’s ‘JQA’

This Aaron Posner play provokes the audience to not only consider government functions of the 19th century, but also how this foundation has affected our current democracy; all through the life of statesman, diplomat, lawyer, former secretary of state, and one-term president John Quincy Adams. East Greenwich News

THE GAMM’S JQA PROVIDES HOPE IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES

The Gamm Theatre’s excellent and revealing new production of 'JQA' provided a wonderful and uplifting breath of fresh air, as it reminds us of America’s fractious past and offers a positive message that a solution is possible, whether from this generation or the next. Motif

"JQA" At The Gamm Offers A Reflection Of America

Director Tony Estrella utilizes this well-chosen cast in a riveting, thought-provoking and vibrant show. 'JQA' will make you question why some of these issues are still being debated to this day, perhaps we haven't traveled so far from the early days of American government? Go to the Gamm and see for yourself. EDGE Media Network

The Gamm’s production of ‘JQA’ hits every target

From the references to America in music that plays as audiences take their seats, to the emotion that’s hard to shake even as folks exit the theater, The Gamm’s production of 'JQA' hits every target. The Call

‘JQA’: Versatile Cast Echoes Warnings Against Fearful Politics

What makes 'JQA' unique is the four-member cast who all take turns playing Adams and the various figures who shaped his worldview. Warwick Post

Gamm’s ‘JQA’ makes history fun and relevant

Of all the great theatre Gamm has given us over the years, “JQA” ranks near the top. It will amuse you. It will educate you. It will move you. And you will leave the theatre wanting to do good and do more. By removing a handful of four-letter words, it would be an important play for every junior high or high school history class. Warwick Beacon

a doll's house, part 2

solid script,  performances light up sequel to ibsen's ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2'

You need not have seen Ibsen’s play, by the way, to reap the rewards of Hnath’s sequel. It’s a subject that’s timeless, that never loses its punch. Providence Journal

Fantastic ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ at The Gamm

A compelling night of theatre from start to finish...not to be missed. Broadway World

A Doll’s House, Part 2

Sullivan's direction is masterful and he paces the action perfectly. The cast is outstanding. Kidd and Kane have a sizzling chemistry as Nora and Torvald....An electrifying drama. EDGE Media Network

A Doll’s House, Part 2

Jeanine Kane delivers a tour de force performance as Nora....Her interactions with her castmates are wonderful to behold....Be sure to catch 'A Doll's House, Part 2' at Gamm Theatre before time runs out. Theater Mirror

Doll’s House 2 a Splendid Think-Piece From Hnath

Stunning, funny, absorbing and brilliant, with stellar performances that stay with you. Westerly Sun

A Doll’s House, Part 2 at The Gamm Theatre

A quartet of top-shelf talent in the confrontation Olympics. What's Up RI

A Doll's House: Brilliant Play, Brilliant Cast at Gamm

I’ve used many adjectives over the years to describe plays and actors, but one comes to mind for A Doll’s House, Part 2: brilliant. Warwick Beacon

A Doll's House, Part 2 at The Gamm

First rate...from Fred Sullivan, Jr.'s tight and bright directing to splendid work by the four person cast. The Public's Radio

Gamm's Doll's House Sequel Sears The Soul

No sequel has ever been this powerful....It is psychological ping pong, dotted by perfect direction....[Jeanine] Kane has evolved into a R.I. stage goddess....It is a satisfying pleasure to revel in her performance. Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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