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Friday, March 20, 2015

"How I Learned What I Learned" on Home Turk by Ann Miner

Presenting Wilson's own words, within walking distance of "The Hill," is actor Eugene Lee.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pittsburgh Hosts Premieres of New Plays by Ed Dixon and WIlly Holtzman by Ann Miner

L'Hotel is a comedy built on the premise that six celebrities of the worlds of literature, performance, and music have been residents in a purgatorial hotel in Paris since their deaths ... …

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pittsburgh Public Theater "The Glass Menagerie" by Ann Miner

The Glass Menagerie was the Public Theater's first play, presented 40 years ago. Berlin and cast honor the Public with this memorable production, as the company begins another 40 years.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

A Summer in Ohio: Ohio Light Opera by Ann Miner

The OLO company is comprised of student and veteran regional opera and theatre performers, with many returning to Wooster summer after summer. From eight shows a week to the incredible sched…

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sound Advice March 18, 2014: New & Upcoming Theatre-related CD, DVD & Book News by Ann Miner

New this week include "Brigadoon/Kiss Me, Kate" TV recordings, Louis/Haurbach operetta "Going Up," Penny Fuller in "13 Things About Ed Carpolotti." Future releases announced include "One Tou…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sound Advice: New Theatre CDs, Books and DVDs Available This Week by Ann Miner

List of theatre-related CDs, Books and DVDs available this week, plus upcoming release news.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pittsburgh Public "Company" by Ann Miner

The brilliance of Company is truly celebrated in the Public's production, with a respect of and love for the show clearly on display.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Pittsburgh Public "True West" by Ann Miner

... the tables soon turn, and Lee gets an Austin-like break while Austin takes a Lee-like dive.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Marilyn Maye at Pittsburgh's Cabaret at Theatre Square by Ann Miner

Marilyn Maye held the packed Cabaret audience in palm of her hand for almost an hour and a half (and was quite gracious about the sound problems). Count 200+ lucky people. It was indeed a lo…

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Pittsburgh Public Theater "Our Town" by Ann Miner

In so many ways, American life has changed in the past 100 years, but the basics are the same: we're born, we grow up, we develop relationships, we cope with life, then we die.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Elaine Paige at Pittsburgh's Cabaret at Theater Square by Ann Miner

Paige is a lovely delightful, vibrant and superb cabaret performer. Her connection with the audience is strong and genuine.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Pittsburgh Public Theater "1776" by Ann Miner

Though the topic may sound dry for musicalization, Sherman Edwards (music and lyrics) and Peter Stone (book) found a way to interweave musical theatre songs to brighten the serious tone of t…

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"Sister Act" National Tour by Ann Miner

The retention of the basic, familiar film plot, and the broad comedic tone will likely satisfy those simply looking to revisit a favorite funny film. Others will miss a nuance that could hav…

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Friday, January 4, 2013

"Flashdance The Musical" Debuts in Pittsburgh by Ann Miner

Whether seen now as comfy nostalgia or a cheese fest, the film does offer a good basis for a musical. It's an old fashioned musical story: talented but downtrodden heroine pulled up (by her …

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Born Yesterday" Pittsburgh Public Theater by Ann Miner

Kanin's skewering of Washington politics and corruption, particularly the shady activities of lobbyists, is all too familiar territory today, though at the time of the play's debut, it was c…

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"Sunset Boulevard" at Pittsburgh CLO by Ann Miner

Thank you Pittsburgh CLO and Executive Producer Van Kaplan for feeding my hunger for guilty pleasure.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

"Private Lives" in Pittsburgh by Ann Miner

The brilliance of Noel Coward is not easily carried from page to stage ...

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Old Globe World Premiere "Nobody Loves You" by Ann Miner

Playwright Itamar Moses knows these characters and the New York world they inhabit. He gets the way reality programs present fantasy versions of dating and romance. He also knows the limitat…

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

"Around the World in 80 Days" Pittsburgh Public Theater by Ann Miner

Actor-playwright Mark Brown's version has had a 2008 Off-Broadway appearance and numerous regional productions.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

"As You Like It" Pittsburgh Public Theater by Ann Miner

This is a luminous production of one of Shakespeare's lighter comedies. The chosen setting of the play, circa 1907, is revealed quickly through impeccable costumes by Gabriel Berry, as stark…

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Friday, December 9, 2011

"Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir" with Luke Macfarlane by Ann Miner

Spend an evening away from the holiday hustle and bustle, and step back in time with "Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir" and the songs of Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Vernon Duke and Jerome Kern (t…

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Talkin' "Electra" Pittsburgh Public Theater by Ann Miner

In his adaptation, Frank McGuinness presents a straightforward telling of Sophocles' fascinating family drama. Directed by Ted Pappas, the Pittsburgh Public Theater production is riveting, a…

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Review - "Jekyll & Hyde" by Ann Miner

The Pittsburgh CLO is currently presenting a top-drawer production of the musical, directed by Robert Cuccioli (who was nominated for a 1997 Tony for playing the title role). It's easy to ge…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Review - "God of Carnage" in Pittsburgh by Ann Miner

Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage offers audiences a view of two couples meeting to address a problem in a civilized way. By play's end, "civilized" is the last word you would use.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Review - "Superior Donuts" by Ann Miner

The Pittsburgh Public Theater production is entertaining but doesn't raise the play above expectations. The crusty oldster meets energetic hip kid premise is sitcom-ish and, unfortunately, t…

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