December 21, 2014
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That's Entertainment: Twenty years ago
Don Fowler

Providence College presented “a classy tale of idles of the rich and French,” with fabulous costumes by David Costa-Cabral.

Lynne Singleton brought big bands back to PPAC. Joe Giorgianni and the Loew’s Big Band featured trombonist Phil Wilson and trumpet player Byron Stripling.

Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas starred in the melodrama "Shining Through," set during World War II. "Final Analysis" starred Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Kim Bassinger and Chubby Checker.

"The Lawnmower Man" was all about the latest computer technology, taken from a Stephen King short story and starring Pierce Brosnan as a computer scientist.

It was 20 years ago that Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey starred in "Wayne’s World," the dumb comedy based on a five-minute "Saturday Night Live" skit.

The RI Philharmonic Pops presented “The Best of the Beatles” under the direction of Newton Wayland. They also offered a Valentine Pops Concert at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet.

Academy Players did A.J. Gurney’s lively “The Dining Room” at East Greenwich’s Swift Civic Center, directed by Thomas R. Pezzullo.

2nd Story Theatre’s Pat Hegnauer directed a new series of one-act plays for $5.

Perishable Theatre had “North Atlantic,” a confusing play that I gave an “A” for effort.

Bobby McFerrin is making his first Rhode Island appearance thanks to FirstWorks in 2012, but he was at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford 20 years ago, where he gave a fantastic performance for their 10th anniversary.

The Rocky Point Chowder House on Post Road in Warwick had all-you-can-eat red chowder and clamcakes for $4.95. Oh, do we miss those clamcakes!


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