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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stage review: 'The Color Purple' soars with message of hope and resilience by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The Color Purple” might as well be ripped from the headlines of 2017, so prescient is the early 20th-century story of abuse and retribution, redemption and forgiveness. Brimming with po…

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What's on stage this holiday season by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On Light Up Night, here are 12 holiday-themed stage shows leading up to First Night:

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: Lucie Arnaz mines the fun and drama of love for the Trust Cabaret by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lucie Arnaz doesn’t hold back in concert, not in her singing, her passion, her warmth, her revealing banter ... Well, there were a couple of times Monday night when she started stories and…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Stage preview: 'Spiritrials' takes a trip down the rabbit hole of the criminal justice system by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When Dahlak Brathwaite decided to tell his story as a play with a hip-hop edge, he couldn’t see the connection between his music and theater that seems so obvious to him now.

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PigPen in the City: Seven CMU grads bring unique brand of music and magic to the South Side by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It was freshman year when seven Carnegie Mellon School of Drama students gathered to figure out how they might tell a compelling ghost story. They had a week before they would present that s…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Trust Cabaret preview: Lucie Arnaz is living 'my happy third act' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

People think they know Lucie Arnaz because they believe they knew her parents, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who spent decades on our TV screens, inventing and perfecting the television sitco…

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Pittsburgh costume designer and visual artist win Carol Brown Awards and $15,000 prize by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Costume designer Susan Tsu and visual artist Sarika Goulatia are the winners of this year’s Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards, recognizing the works and achievements of one establ…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Arcade Comedy has more space to fill with laughter in new Downtown digs by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A hint that Arcade Comedy Theater had room to grow was when it had to rent additional spaces to accommodate all of its activities. 

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Prime Stage gets in the trenches for the U.S. premiere of 'All Quiet on the Western Front' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The ravages of World War I on the other side of the trenches made Erich Maria Remarque's 1929 novel "All Quiet on the Western Front” a sensation everywhere but Germany, where it w…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto bring 'The Boys in the Band' to Broadway by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Matt Bomer will make his Broadway debut, joining fellow Carnegie Mellon graduate Zachary Quinto of Green Tree, Jim Parsons and Andrew Rannells for a limited 2018 run of “The Boys in the Ba…

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Couple who married on arena ice return to Pittsburgh for Disney's 'Frozen' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The just-married couple’s first dance was to Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.” It was an appropriate choice for the venue. The dance and the “I d…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Stage review: CLO Cabaret's meta-musical parody 'Xanadu' rolls out the laughs by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lily Tomlin called “Xanadu” one of the “giddiest, silliest, sweetest stage musicals you could ever hope to see” in introducing the 2008 nominee at the Tony Awards.

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Stage review: Quantum gets to the heart of the mind games in 'The Hard Problem' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In the Pittsburgh premiere of Tom Stoppard’s latest play, Quantum Theatre employs every tool in its creative arsenal as it paves the way to ponder “The Hard Problem.”

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Quantum's 'The Hard Problem' beckons Rachel Stevens back to Pittsburgh by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quantum Theatre invites you to join them in wrestling with “The Hard Problem,” Tom Stoppard’s 2015 play that asks tough questions about biology and consciousness, science and faith.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Billy Porter enlists in latest Ryan Murphy series for FX, 'Pose' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Billy Porter has been cast in the new Ryan Murphy series “Pose” for FX Networks.

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CMU, Point Park drama schools respond to Hollywood sex scandals by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

During the dozen years Don Wadsworth has been teaching the Business of the Business class for Carnegie Mellon University senior actors, there have been occasional discussions about the casti…

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'Beauty and the Beast' kicks off Pittsburgh Musical Theater season by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The annual collaboration of Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s Richard E. Rauh Conservatory and the Pittsburgh CAPA Orchestra is “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” at the Byham Theater, Down…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Stage review: Take a trippy trip into a world of imagination in immersive 'DODO' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At some point in “DODO,” I felt like I was floating. Or was it a waking dream?

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Stage review: Kids go to the head of the class in 'School of Rock' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“School of Rock the Musical” harnesses the crude-cute appeal of the 2003 Jack Black movie and pumps up the volume for a hard-rockin’, good-time stage comedy.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Stage preview: PICT's Juliet meets her Romeo in 1930s New York by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The Godfather” meets Shakespeare in PICT Classic Theatre’s “Romeo & Juliet.”

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Stage preview: 'School of Rock' star bonds with the kids in the band for Broadway musical tour by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rob Colletti had never heard of W.C. Fields’ warning to “never work with animals or children.”  The star of the national tour of “School of Rock” will be at the head of the cl…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Pittsburgh theaters face a wave of change at the top by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By late fall, for the first time in 18 seasons, there will be a new artistic director at Pittsburgh Public Theater. It may take another full season before City Theatre undergoes a similar se…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Stage preview: Musical 'Xanadu' is ready to roll in a new production by CLO Cabaret by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

You have to believe that nothing can stand in the way of “Xanadu,” the magical musical that has been reimagined for CLO Cabaret and makes its latest debut this weekend.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

World premiere play at Off the Wall to move from Carnegie to New York festival by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Off the Wall productions debuts a new play this weekend by writer/actor Anne Stockton and director Austin Pendleton, then sends it on to New York in February as part of the Carnegie company&…

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Get into deep 'DODO' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In the basement below their storefront theater in the Pittsburgh Cultural District, the team at Bricolage Productions has been thinking big.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stage review: Moving 'Equus' rides a wave of emotions at Public Theater by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The tempest stirred up “Equus” when it galloped onto the theater scene in the 1970s continues in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s stunningly crafted production, featuring intense performanc…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Benedum Center at 30 is among the Doors Open Pittsburgh venues to visit this weekend by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, which celebrated its 30-year anniversary on Sept. 25, is part of the Doors Open Pittsburgh event this weekend. 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Stage preview: Cancer, love and laughter make strange bedfellows at City Theatre by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Unleash “Seinfeld” on a no-holds-barred cable network, where jokes about rape and vibrators set the tone in a cancer ward, and you have some idea of where the new play at City Theatre is…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Stage preview: INNER STRUGGLE Public's 43rd season opens with powerful psychodrama 'Equus' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ted Pappas marches into his final season as leader of Pittsburgh Public Theater in dramatic fashion, opening with a play that caused a sensation when it burst on the scene in the 1970s.

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Stage preview: Eugene Lee and Montae Russell return to Pittsburgh for 'East Texas Hot Links' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre will make Eugene Lee a Pittsburgher for a month, when it performs his play “East Texas Hot Links.” Director Montae Russell, who grew up here before heading…

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