All the World’s a Stage Fright is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud, fictional memoir about a clandestine critic embedded in a professional production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It with the intent of driving up the paper’s readership. Soon the stunt becomes one man’s personal battle with iambic pentameter, the classically trained actors he has panned in the past, and a vindictive stage manager with a bone to pick.

A moderated book discussion will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase via cash, check, Venmo, and Zelle.

About the Author:

Bob Abelman and his family are new to Rhode Island, having moved to Tiverton from Austin, Texas, where he was the award-winning theater critic for the Austin Chronicle. Bob was also a Theater and Musical Theater Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). He now covers professional Providence-area theater for The Boston Globe and the Providence Performing Arts Center’s (PPAC) Broadway and Encore Series productions for Jewish Rhode Island. Bob was previously a professional actor who appeared on Broadway and so far off-Broadway it was Connecticut. It was his experience as an actor and critic that led to the writing of two theater-centric novellas, both published by Gray & Co. – All The World’s A Stage Fright (an American Fiction Award finalist) and Murder, Center Stage (which has been turned into a play with music.)

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