September 30, 2014
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That's Entertainment: Twenty years ago

Billy Crystal starred as “Mr. Saturday Night,” a tribute to some of the great Jewish comedians. Tim Robbins starred as the title character in a satire about the American political system, “Bob Roberts.” Dustin Hoffman starred in “Hero,” a film that took a long, hard look at the media. David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glenn Ross” was brought to the screen with Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin and Alan Arkin playing the real estate agents. Tom Selleck starred as “Mr. Baseball,” about an American player sent to play in Japan. “The Mighty Ducks,” (The Bad News Bears on ice) was a big hit, starring Emelio Estevez. Daniel Day Lewis starred as Hawkeye in “The Last of the Mohicans,” an epic movie that was very realistic. The great French actor Gerard Depardieu starred as Christopher Columbus in “1492.” Gary Sinese and John Malkovich starred in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.”

David Tull played the title character in Newgate Theatre’s stylistic “Dracula,” directed by Alan Hawkridge. Luci LaRosa of Cranston played a vampire.

Stephen’s Backyard Restaurant in West Warwick had fish and chips for $3.95. So did Governor Francis. Sunny Side Restaurant on West Shore Rd. had a $1.35 breakfast with three eggs, toast and home fries. You could get three pancakes or three Texas-style French toast for $1.75.

Remember Ocean Express on Allens Ave., just over the Cranston line? They served the same seafood as Hemenway’s at half the price.

Bugaboo Creek, another Ned Grace restaurant, opened on Jefferson Blvd. in Warwick, complete with a great menu and a talking moose. We miss you, Ned Grace.

Alias Stage gave us a rousingly good “The Speed of Darkness” by Steven Tesich. It starred Don Jackson and Richard Donnelly (who 20 years ago I called one of Rhode Island’s best actors…and he still is today). Tori Harding-Smith directed.

Perishable Theatre presented the avant-garde play, Mac Wellman’s “Harm’s Way,” starring Margaret Melozzi, Kate Lohman and Damon Hartley. Mark J. Lerman directed.


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