The theater, Oscar Wilde said, is where we go to get a sense of what it means to be human, because nothing matches the power of a live performance. Providence has long packed a wallop when it comes to the breadth and depth of its performing arts scene.
The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), built in 1928, is a grand architectural gem suitable to the task of hosting the world’s best performing artists. PPAC offers a full roster of Broadway shows, concerts, comedians and special performances. Nearby, The VETS hosts an array of performances, from the Philharmonic and ballet to comedians and family shows. This historic theater has been recently restored and upgraded.
From “Julius Caesar” to “A Christmas Carol,” Trinity Repertory Company has fed hungry appetites for the dramatic since its founding in 1963. Featuring both local and national talent, Trinity Rep offers classics, world premieres and everything in between during each thoughtfully-crafted season. In the summertime, South County’s Theatre-By-The-Sea fills the theatrical void with comedies, musicals and dramas.
Festival Ballet Providence is the state's resident ballet company. Its classically trained, professional ballet dancers perform a wide range of works at three venues: PPAC, The VETS and its own Black Box Theatre on Providence's East Side. Opera Providence offers performances by local and national talent at a variety of locations both indoor and out.
For something a bit eclectic, AS220 provides plenty of inspiration and entertainment as an un-juried and uncensored platform for artists to perform and share their work. AS220 is perhaps best known for its annual outdoor “Foo Fest,” a celebration of the arts that strikes at all the senses.