Trinity Repertory Company
Trinity Repertory Company
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"American Theater at its best" - Boston Globe. 1964: professional theater is born in Rhode Island. The rest is history: the Tony Award, 54 world premieres, education programs, films and tours. Laughter, insight, magic, tears, and passion, for three generations of audiences. A world of theater experiences waits for you at Trinity Rep. New plays, classics, and musicals spring to life with our resident actors, directors and designers.
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Elle B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Last night's (3/23/24) experience at Trinity Rep's rendition of "Fences" was nothing short of a revelation. Having previously encountered the story through its cinematic adaptation, I anticipated a similar experience - good, but perhaps a tad dry. Yet, from the moment the curtains rose (non-pun intended 😉), I found myself ensnared in an electrifying narrative that held me captive, teetering on the edge of my seat throughout the entire performance.

It was as though I had been granted a voyeuristic glimpse into the intimate tapestry of these characters' lives. A part of me felt guilty, as if I was spying on someone’s private affairs, but I couldn’t turn away. The actors breathed life into their roles with such authenticity that I forgot I was in a theater; instead, I felt transported into their world. While it's difficult to pick favorites amidst such a stellar cast, Jackie Davis's portrayal of Rose was nothing short of sublime. With every gesture and expression, she conveyed a profound grace and strength that resonated deeply, even in moments of silence. Her presence was palpable, reaching out from the stage to touch the very core of my being. I know this woman.

Equally noteworthy was Martinez Napolean's portrayal of Gabe. Despite the complexities of his character's journey, Napolean remained steadfast, drawing me in with a magnetism that demanded attention and empathy. I found myself drawn to him, eager to unravel the layers of his story and offer solace in his struggles.

What began as a comedic exposition, albeit tinged with dark humor, took an unexpected and poignant turn in the second act. The shift in tone caught me off guard, yet I found myself willingly swept along on this emotional rollercoaster. Through themes of deferred dreams, systemic barriers, loss and the intricacies of family dynamics, "Fences" transcended mere entertainment to become a profound reflection of the human experience.

By the midpoint of the second act, tears flowed freely, not just from my own eyes but from those around me. In fact, we were passing tissue around the theatre. It was a testament to the raw power of August Wilson's storytelling and the transformative talent of the cast and crew. In that shared moment of vulnerability, we were not merely spectators but participants in a collective catharsis, forever bound by the profound impact of this extraordinary production.

I love this theatre and will be back for more shows! Stay tuned!
Written 28 March 2024
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Nancy S
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Bring back the original Christmas Carol!! We use to purchase tickets every year, but its been a huge disappointment for the past few years. This years was horrible. Charles Dickens is rolling in his grave! Lets keep it real people… enough with trying to doctor it up with the crap you’ve been adding! Enough of the Woke garbage!
Written 24 December 2023
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Lauren E
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We went to see A Christmas Carol after not having been for quite some time and we were not disappointed! It was a modern take on a classic story with creative set design, vibrant costumes, and great acting. The cast was diverse and there were some gender swaps for some characters. For some reason that gets some peoples' knickers in a twist, even though the story and message are still exactly the same... Maybe they need to watch the play again? If I wanted to see the same classic Christmas Carol, I would watch the movie. Trinity reinvents this play each year, and that's nothing new. Now that they've moved beyond changing some backdrops and costumes, people are unable to cope. The constant change is why we choose to go to Trinity Rep for A Christmas Carol, we get to see a new play every year. They delivered an excellent, relevant performance that I would recommend to anyone who's not afraid of a little change, artistic interpretation, or *gasp* diversity.
Written 3 December 2023
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Kev
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Dec 2022 • Family
Like many of the other recent negative reviews, my family too has a 20+ year tradition of attending the show. We would have a group of 25-30 family and friends attend each year and buy tickets as soon as they were released in the summer. Some years were certainly better than others....mostly in terms of set design or music etc. We never had an issue with the gender or race blind casting and the director would always add some modern messaging or twists to the otherwise traditional telling of the story.
The 2022 production was just so mind-numbingly bad. Dreary stage, uninspired costumes, and over the top/disjointed social messaging (I don't care for the term "woke"). My sense is that the actors did the best job they could with what was given to them....I would save most of my criticism for the Director/Creative Director here. This was a second rate college level production. Trinity Rep tries to rationalize this by calling their version of a Christmas Carol "Reimagined". If this is the direction they wanted to take the show, they should not also claim it as a "beloved family tradition".
Perhaps the greatest turnoff to the Trinity Rep is their "open letter" to a 2021 review from the Providence Journal. You can google it.
For this years upcoming show, I plan to attend an early performance by myself in hopes that they have bounced back from their bout of mediocrity. If the show is halfway decent, we will attend again as a larger group after Thanksgiving. If it remains on the same path as previous years, we will take our money and patronage to another production.
Written 6 November 2023
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Steven S
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Dec 2022
The theater has lost its way and if their course remains unchanged it will face the same prospect visited on Ebenezer Scrooge.
Written 12 January 2023
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Swanee11
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I've been going to the Trinity Rep's Christmas Carol for over 25 years. I brought my children there when they were old enough and we have gone almost every year since. A classic holiday show that we made a tradition every year. A great small theatre, not a bad seat in the house, and the stage changed every year which was always so interesting to see! They always stuck to the classic story yet the stage was completely different. Great actors, amazing and timely costumes, holiday songs that really invoked a holiday spirit and kicked off the holiday season in the best way. Over the years there has been a slight change in the characters where they have changed the character of Scrooge to a female which was ok, but I always wondered why? Why change a classic story?
So this year, I wanted to bring my sons and their girlfriends as a gift and as tradition. I thought the pricing was a bit high this year but I figured ok, inflation, it's a classic story and it was my gift to my family. $95 per seat.
As the show started, the costumes and choreography were a little confusing, we thought we were watching the wrong play. Everyone dressed in white jumpsuits and leg warmers. We all had to wear masks and the entire cast wore masks as well. Their voices were muffled, the singing was also muffled and pretty hard to understand.
In short, from start to finish, they really changed almost everything from the original story. I can understand trying to "modernize" the play but I feel it was taken too far. There was a female scrooge and Marley. A female Tiny Tim. The ghosts from the past present and future we're on the bland side and it was missing the intensity and horror that has always been portrayed during this part. It was always such a gripping and scary scene. We couldn't understand why was the need to change this classic story so much? The stage was quite basic and Tiny Tim's family was Spanish family and projected the subtitles to a screen. One of the parts, the subtitle did not project, making everyone wonder what they were saying.
Scrooge's nephew was in a same sex marriage. I have nothing against our modern world, but we wondered why change this classic story to match today's world? We felt (because we have seen this classic (many ,many years in a row) it should be set back in time, how we are used to seeing this story.
We wondered what happened to the classic message the story tells. What happened to the wonderful costumes and amazing singing that really hit home? Snow falling at the end, everyone in the audience standing and singing along. Instead, there were empty seats, nobody stood at the end, and no standing ovations, like we used to have in the past.
Unfortunately, disappointed.
Written 3 January 2023
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Jason D
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Nov 2022
I saw this on 26NOV and didn't walk out, from the 2nd row, out of respect for the institution and the actors. If Trinity Rep wants to perform a WOKE representation of an honored tradition, that's their right, but it should be called "A Woke Christmas Carol", else its false advertising. Inclusion also means being inclusive of time-honored traditions. Imagine buying an authentic Coach handbag for your wife for a high dollar value only to find its a knock-off.

Both Scrooge and Marley were women. Scrooge's nephew was gay with partner. Past ghost was a flamboyant 1960s fighter pilot. Present and future ghosts were nowhere near the story. No staging for period. Everything was just wrong. It was also made into a strange comedy. Heavy Spanish influence and story in Spanish.

It was just bad. Final scene was out of the modern era with plastic cups, water bottles and Chinese takeout. Very very odd.

We spent a lot of money to treat ourselves for a single play during the Christmas season, trusting a professional institution, and we were clearly misled. Shame on us perhaps.
Written 23 December 2022
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RoyalStar
New York1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Worst production I’ve seen in over 20 years of attending. The set was empty and was way too minimalist. Costumes were drab. Was hard to keep track of what time era it was. No uplifting ending, just a depressing experience throughout. Don’t need to be lectured about the white man stealing the land from the natives and enslaving indigenous peoples at the beginning of the show. I’m all all for inclusivity but this was forced and over the top. Lots of empty seats and few standing ovations. Acting was solid and that’s the only positive thing I have to say. Not going back next year. They lost a 20 plus year attendee.
Written 22 December 2022
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Wendy H
Tiverton, RI1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
PLEASE bring back the traditional Christmas Carol! The Charles Dickens story that we all know and love. Or, as someone stated in another review …change the name so you don’t disappoint those of us that paid a hefty sum to go see the beautiful old fashioned version !
My husband and I have been attending for many years and have never been so let down. Truly disappointing.
Written 17 December 2022
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Companion284990
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Bad!!!! I mean really bad. Acting was subpar and the characters were outlandish. The producers should be embarrassed
Written 12 December 2022
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