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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Texas company connects with Pittsburgh as it receives August Wilson American Century Cycle Award by Christopher Rawson

HOUSTON, Texas — The Ensemble Theatre, the third largest African-American theater company in the country, threw itself a double party on May 12. It was celebrating the opening of August Wi…

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Monday, May 21, 2018

'Nomad Motel' explores family, inclusion and understanding by Christopher Rawson

We’ve recently had a number of “we are the world” plays, in the spirit of those lawn signs welcoming all ethnicities and religions. Some were written or conceived before our recent civ…

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Monday, April 30, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Stage review: Chekov's 'Uncle Vanya' is a perfect sendoff for old Pittsburgh Playhouse by Christopher Rawson

Who was the first great American playwright? Shakespeare, of course, on whom American theater cut its teeth for a century or more.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Stage review: Uncertainty reigns in 'Heisenberg' at the Public by Christopher Rawson

Heisenberg, n. (1) Werner Heisenberg (1901-76), a theoretical physicist. (2) A 2015 play by Simon Stephens now at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. (3) Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Prin…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Stage review: Quantum's 'Inside Passage' presents one woman's powerful search for family and self by Christopher Rawson

Old family snapshots, personal memories and a search for the differing truths behind them might seem common fodder for a poem, but for a play? Sounds more like therapy than theater — but n…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kinetic Theatre's 'Holmes and Watson' offers corkscrew plot twists and turns by Christopher Rawson

While telling us to turn off our cell phones, artistic director Andrew Paul strictly enjoins us not to give away “the twist” that provides much of the fun.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

'Detroit ‘67' frames enigmatic love story with a riot in the streets by Christopher Rawson

Sometimes the personal and political seem at odds, but their conjunction can suggest a larger truth, or at least a hope. Such is the case with Dominique Morisseau’s “Detroit ’67,” a …

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Review: 'A Devil Inside' serves up comic-gory mayhem for Pittsburgh Playhouse's final professional stage show by Christopher Rawson

For the final professional stage production at the grand and ramshackle old Pittsburgh Playhouse, soon to be deserted for new digs Downtown, the powers that be at Playhouse Rep clearly scann…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Stage review: City Theatre's powerful 'Leonard Pelkey' becomes a story felt, not just told by Christopher Rawson

Inevitably, right from the start, it’s all about the performance. Yes, there’s a story, but that seems mainly the pro-forma framework on which to erect the one-man performance through wh…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Pittsburgh theater: A look back at 2017, and a taste of what's in store this year by Sharon Eberson and Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh theater in 2017 gave us a lot to think about and to look forward to in 2018. As we announce the multitalented, multifaceted Monteze Freeland as the Post-Gazette’s 2017 Performer…

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Post-Gazette Performer of the Year: Monteze Freeland by Sharon Eberson and Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The mighty railroad man John Henry, who races a steam drill until his heart bursts. The ambitious, duplicitous manager of “Dreamgirls.” An outrageous preacher and a flamboyant BFF in “…

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

The 10 best evenings in Pittsburgh Theater by Sharon Eberson and Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In a tumultuous year, Pittsburgh theater frequently mirrored what was happening in the world beyond — but that’s always true. Theater shows us ourselves, positive, negative and deep…

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Radio twist brings 'A Christmas Story' to life on stage by Christopher Rawson

They say Christmas comes but once a year, but it sure seems like more as the year turns quicker and quicker. This tends to fray some familiar Christmas traditions. It’s one of those good n…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Stage Review: PICT's 'In the Company of Wilde' offers a biographical sketch of the embattled playwright by Christopher Rawson

Never match wits with a master. That is to say, when reviewing a genius wit like Oscar Wilde (and who is there like him?), don’t try to be witty yourself. You can’t measure up.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Stage Review: Kinetic Theatre's 'Love, Love, Love' examines generational affections by Christopher Rawson

You may get that the title, “Love, Love, Love,” is borrowed from the Beatles’ song where it is insistently celebrated as “all we need.” But the sour intelligence in Mike Bartlett…

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Stage review: 'The Humans' dishes out comedy with familial discord at Pittsburgh Public Theater by Christopher Rawson

Thanksgiving came early – and also Christmas and any other family-gathering holiday on your immediate horizon. But Stephen Karam’s disarmingly titled “The Humans” at the Pittsburgh P…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

PICT's 'Romeo and Juliet' set in 1930s Little Italy by Christopher Rawson

At the end, it isn’t just the famous young lovers who die, but also those interesting supporting roles in which Shakespeare specialized, the frantic, babbling Mercutio, fiery Tybalt and, i…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pittsburgh Playwrights' 'East Texas Hot Links' sizzles with 1950s racial tension by Christopher Rawson

There’s safety in the familiar, right? It’s 1955. Seven men gather to share stories and drink beer in Charlesetta’s coloreds-only roadside bar, a rough-cut place out in the woods somew…

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Quantum stages lengthy, powerful 'Red Hills' about the Rwandan genocide by Christopher Rawson

Early on in Sean Christopher Lewis’ “Red Hills,” the western academic expects to talk about what’s happened.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

'Cloud 9' offers parallel looks at colonialism and sexual oppression by Christopher Rawson

English playwright Caryl Churchill is a modern master, and her “Cloud 9” (1979) is a wonderful play; you could call it a modern classic. That makes the staging by the small, preprofessio…

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Friday, August 11, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Stage reviews: Shaw Festival's 'Saint Joan,' 'Wilde Tales' and 'Madness of George III' by Christopher Rawson

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario – Things always seem the same in this lovely little town with its big theater festival, but they’re always different, too.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Linguistic gymnastics propel the farcical plot in Kinetic Theatre's 'The Liar' by Christopher Rawson

Can you really have too much of a good thing — even of a very, very good thing?

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Actor Mark Rylance celebrates the Battle of Homestead by Christopher Rawson

Mark Rylance is coming back to pursue a passion. The award-winning actor, director and activist will help celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Battle of Homestead here with a performance …

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Sir Mark Rylance: From London to Broadway and Hollywood to Pittsburgh by Christopher Rawson

 Mark Rylance was born in England in 1960 and brought up in the U.S. (primarily Wisconsin), 1962-78. He returned to England to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

City Theatre stages the humorous and thought-provoking 'Ironbound' by Christopher Rawson

By any other name, the postindustrial wastes outside Elizabeth, N.J., might well be (insert familiar Western Pennsylvania steel town of your choice). So you settle in for a gritty drama of c…

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stage review: Hurricane Katrina heightens the stakes in 'Hercules Didn't Wade in the Water' by Christopher Rawson

From its start some 14 years ago, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre (Mark Southers, founder and artistic director) has attracted most attention for its loving attention to August Wilson. But it…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

PPT's 'Death of a Salesman' delivers powerful, understated truths by Christopher Rawson

Classics come in many dimensions and flavors, but they should always be engaging, no matter how familiar, and also reveal something new.

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