Every Friday, the Firehouse Theater hosts a merry evening of witty improvisational comedy, performed by Newport’s The Bit Players. Watch the zany troupe as they drolly play off the suggestions of the audience and make off-the-cuff remarks in a series of short-form skits. Firehouse Theater is BYOB, so show-goers are obliged to bring beer, wine or a cask of aromatherapy bathtub gin. For teetotalers, free hot teas, cocoa, and cookies accompany every performance, helping audience members feel welcome, cozy, and primed for incessant giggling in the 49-seat theater.
Point Street Dueling Pianos's 10,000-square-foot space gathers guests to witness the musical prowess and comedic antics of four skilled performers. An array of chilled domestic and imported beers, which includes Sam Adams and local Narragansett, cools off revelers more quickly than bear hugs from a snowman.
Fox Point Marina greets weary schooners with aqueous cubbyholes designed for cozy docking in their private marina. Park crafts within walking distance of downtown Providence, taking a moment to drink in inspiring city vistas and unplug the sextant before skipping down the boardwalk to patronize myriad shops and restaurants. After bopping through scenic avenues, sailors can take a final shore-leave stop at The Whiskey Republic, the marina’s adjacent libation station owned by Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey and designed by his wife, HGTV personality Taniya Nayak.
The Paul Krot Community Darkroom at AS220 is the only black and white photo facility in Rhode Island offering affordable public access to skilled snappers and amateur aperture setters. Classes occur bi-monthly on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 7-10 p.m., and cover all the basics of manual 35mm shooting, such as shutter speeds, f-stop setting, ISO numbers, clutch popping, focal lengths, and minimizing glowy mouth. Class sizes are kept to five or fewer students in order to ensure each developing documenter gets personal attention. Once they've mastered the art of lens and light manipulation, students are ushered into the community darkroom to explore the chemical processes needed to advance their newborn negatives into fully mature prints in sizes ranging from 4" x 5" to 20" x 24".
The Trinity Repertory Company boasts a veteran staff of theater professionals that includes one of the few resident acting troupes remaining in the country. The 2011–2012 season is rife with such pathos-laden productions as Clybourne Park (October 14–November 13), a biting riff on Raisin In The Sun that examines race and real estate, and Shakespeare's convenience-store comedy, The Merchant of Venice (February 3–March 4). Resident playwright Deborah Salem Smith's Love Alone (February 28–May 27) delves into the nature of human grief as part of an in-rep program of new work from a trio of playwrights. Attendees can visit Trinity Repertory's website for a full list of productions, showtimes, and a photo gallery tracing the evolution of Henrik Ibsen's sideburns.