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“A Local Institution” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Theatre By the Sea

Theatre By the Sea
364 Card's Pond Road, Wakefield, South Kingstown, RI 02880
(401) 782-3800
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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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“A Local Institution”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Theatre by the Sea is not unique in New England, but it provides a delightful summer tradition for southern Rhode Island. I usually try to make one show a year, and because all the shows are so different, it is difficult to review them.. In recent years, I've seen Cats and Fantasticks, and both were excellent-I saw the original London production of Cats, and I'd have to say that other than the obvious limitations of staging, both were outstanding.

Dinner was also excellent, albeit variable from year to year, but they could do a better job of letting you know where to go and when before the performance.

Other reviewers have mentioned it, but if you get the occasional really hot summer evening, as the place is not air conditioned, it can get really uncomfortable. Clearly, if you buy your tickets weeks in advance, not much you can do, but if you have a choice, try to avoid end of July and August.

The only other negative thing I would note, and it is strictly subjective, but if you're in the back of the auditorium, under the balcony, there's a bit of a claustrophobic feeling, and in an old wooden building that's not a feeling you want to have. If this might be bothersome, try to arrange for a seat near a door. I want to emphasize that in no way do I think the place is dangerous, but it is just feeling, not based on facts, but one easily avoided by seat choice.

Everyone spending part of the summer in South County should try to catch Theatre by the Sea

Visited July 2013
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U.S.A. East Coast
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“A unique summer theater”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

A summer theater next to the ocean. It was built in the 1930's and retains its original architecture and charm. The shows are 5 star productions without the high price found in cities. Don't miss it.

Visited September 2013
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South Kingstown, Rhode Island
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“Outstanding Theater at the RI Shore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Completed another super season of productions at Theatre by the Sea in Matunuck. The productions are professional, entertaining and a great joy. Such great theater in a relaxing environment is one of South County Rhode Island's great treasures. We enjoy taking our friends and look forward to next year's productions!!

Visited August 2013
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“Can get very hot and crowded”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It is a nice setting for a musical and many enjoy going to the performances which are great. It is not air conditioned and that can be a problem on those warm summer nights. Visiting the area has lots of perks so this is a nice thing to do when you come to visit.

Visited July 2013
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“A Summer Experience not to miss !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

As a local I have enjoyed this theatre. You should not miss this great summer event for all from children to adults. Also take in the dining and wine either before or after the shows.

Visited July 2013
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