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Friday, March 27, 2020

‘Just intermission’: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust determined to forge ahead by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“For the first time in the history of the Trust, we could be facing a significant operating deficit.” — Kevin McMahon  

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust events shut down through May 10; 2020 Gene Kelly Awards canceled by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Broadway closures force the postponement of the 74th annual Tony Awards on a tough Wednesday for the theater world.

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Broadway dancer, CLO alum Ahmad Simmons has words of inspiration for aspiring artists by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Point Park grad Ahmad Simmons has a resume that includes “Hadestown,” “West Side Story” and “Fosse/Verdon,” but teaching is his first love.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

'Drag Race's' BenDeLaCreme goes Wilde for Pittsburgh Public livestream by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The free online “Importance of Being Earnest” will stream in two parts Thursday and Friday, with a full at-home cast.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Billy Porter seen and heard on Sunday's 'Rosie O'Donnell Show' and 'The Simpsons' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The award-winning actor and Pittsburgh native was seen on the livestreamed fundraiser and heard as the animated character Desmond.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

City Theatre announces furloughs due to COVID-19 cancellations by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The South Side company anticipates losses of $450,000 and will keep on seven staff members at reduced salaries.

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Buckle up for the Broadway belt by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The art and science of the big musical theater voice, from Merman to Menzel to Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

City Theatre sets virtual performance of 'Cry It Out,' cancels next show by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tickets can be purchased for a link to view the play by Molly Smith Metzler, while the premiere of “Perkup Perkup” has been canceled.

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Amid theatrical closings, artists align for online lessons in coping with pain by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For a list of livestreamed entertainment that will be updated as events are announced, visit GOING LIVE at www.post-gazette.com/ae.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Pittsburgh Public Theater will offer live readings of classic plays by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shakespeare’s “Henry V” opens the online PlayTIme series on Thursday and Friday.

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Arts Council expands Emergency Fund for Artists to include COVID-19 disruption by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Artists in 10 Western Pennsylvania counties can apply for $500 in relief from cancellations and closings.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

On the Arts: Local artists shut down by COVID-19 prep 25 days of live-streamed shows by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pandemic Series variety shows will start Tuesday, streaming live from Hear Corp’s 25 Carrick Ave studio.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust shuts down performances, exhibitions through April 6 by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Among the cancellations are “The Band’s Visit,” Mandy Moore and the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, including featured speaker Ira Glass.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Point Park moves forward with ‘Pippin’ preview performance; rest of scheduled run canceled by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Amid university cancellations and postponements, this student production is open for business at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

As the shows go on amid COVID-19 worries, 'The Band's Visit' delivers a message of unity by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Amid COVID-19 concerns, theaters enhance their cleaning practices and monitor risks while proceeding with planned performances.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Review: Pressures of motherhood come to a boil in 'Cry It Out' at City Theatre by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The play at City Theatre is funny and hopeful at first, as new moms find friendship and support. Then reality throws them each a curveball.

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Public Theater's 2020-21 love fest includes Shakespeare, August Wilson and Agatha Christie by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Downtown company names actress Helena Ruoti and director Justin Emeka to inaugural associate artist program.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Local students vie in August Wilson Monologue contest Monday by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The 12th annual Pittsburgh Regional competition moves to Lawrenceville’s Row House Cinema.

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2020 August Wilson Society conference postponed due to COVID-19 concerns by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The biennial colloquium that had been scheduled for the August Wilson Center is exploring options for fall.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

North Allegheny grad Mike Cefalo finds the way home with 'The Band's Visit' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The North Allegheny grad plays the hopeful Telephone Guy in the Tony Award-winning musical.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

'American Son' explores interracial marriage and raising a black son in 2020 by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Broadway drama comes to the O'Reilly Theater while the film version streams on Netflix

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Off the WALL in Carnegie hopes to fill seats with new presenting philosophy by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Carnegie company will showcase the new work “Hoard” before it heads to New York, while leaning toward guest artists and weekend gigs.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Molly Smith Metzler takes an honest look at motherhood in 'Cry It Out' at City Theatre by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The writer for “Shameless” and showrunner for the new Netflix series “Maids” brings her second play to City Theatre on the South Side.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Wali Jamal brings Pittsburgh's black history to life, on stage, page and more by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The docuseries, audiobook and book about pioneer Dr. Martin Delany is a passion project for the Wilsonian actor.

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Mark Rylance's 'Steel,' about the Battle of Homestead, is now a commissioned six-part cycle by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The work, researched in and about Pittsburgh, is headed to the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and A.R.T. in Cambridge, Mass.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Wild and wooly: 'Cats' tour costumes are one of a kind by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CMU grad Adam Richardson’s wild and wooly look and other cat costumes get a close-up look at the Benedum Center.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

City Theatre names Clare Drobot associate artistic director by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Monteze Freeland becomes associate producer of the South Side company, amid other staff promotions and hires.

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Point Park presents regional premiere of 'The Wolves' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Directing the shows are alumni returnees, with Rachel Stevens at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Matthew Gardiner at Carnegie Mellon.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre postpones season finale, bestows grants on local writers by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While the Downtown company’s Liberty Avenue home base is being remodeled, the plan is for a fall return.

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