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WARREN – One set and two characters are all it takes to bring “Educating Rita” to the stage, but what brings 2nd Story Theatre’s production to life are the two actors.

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WARWICK — The opening scene gives us an idea of what “1776,” the musical about the founding of the United States, will be like.

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PROVIDENCE – The musical “Pippin” is set in the early Middle Ages, and its Broadway debut was more than 40 years ago. Despite those “ancient” roots, a revival won a bunch of Tony Awards in 2013 and the touring version, now at the Providence Performing Arts Center, is fresh and full of spectacle.

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WARWICK — “Break a leg” is how an actor wishes good luck to a peer. But if breaking one leg is good, breaking two must be better, so mobster Mike Francisco doesn’t mean anything bad when he says, “Break yo’ legs!”

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PAWTUCKET — Playwright Sidney Bruhl made a name for himself penning Broadway thrillers. But his last hit was 18 years ago, and he’s running short on both inspiration and money.

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WARWICK — If you’re looking for family-friendly entertainment that puts you in a holiday mood, you can’t miss with the Ocean State Theatre Company’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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PROVIDENCE – “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” has come to the Providence Performing Arts Center directly from the post World War II era.

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CUMBERLAND — “A Blackstone River Theatre Christmas Celebration” will be presented at Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m., and also on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.

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PAWTUCKET – Modern dance, a creation of the early 20th century, isn’t modern enough anymore. Now there is contemporary dance, an energetic mash-up of dance and athletics epitomized by the Los Angeles-based company Shaping Sound.

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WOONSOCKET — “The French Connection in New England: La Survivance,” a New England heritage lecture about French culture in the mill towns of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts with live music performed by composer, ethnomusicologist, folklorist, multi-instrumentali…