Thursday, May 24, 2018

Marc Masterson returns as artistic leader of City Theatre by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Between his most recent theater jobs, Marc Masterson spent some time exploring South America and logging 6,000 United States miles in a vintage Airstream trailer. He is finally ready to sett…

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 03:30PM

Stage preview: 'Building the Wall,' a play of the here and now, is here and now by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Building the Wall” opened in New York a year ago this week, six months after Donald Trump was elected. The work of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (”The Kentucky Cy…

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 07:00AM
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…

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 03:51PM

Stage review: 'A New Brain' soars with heart and music by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gordon Schwinn is having a rough time of it. He is a songwriter reduced to writing for a puppet named Froggy. Gordo’s a prickly guy anyway, and now he’s having hallucinations — just be…

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 03:41PM

International Festival of Firsts includes us and U.S. for the first time by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts is back and expanding its scope, adding premieres from the United States — including some from right here at home — for three weeks in the…

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 10:30AM
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…

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 04:06PM

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre adds four new dancers to roster for 2018-19 season by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Four more dancers from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School will join the company next season, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre announced Monday. These latest additions raise the total of new dance…

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 03:04PM
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018

Broadway creators of 'Big Fish' intervene in Greenfield theater cancellation by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A community theater in Greenfield has run afoul of the creators of the musical “Big Fish” after canceling a production of the show that had been scheduled to open June 15.

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 07:43PM
Thursday, May 17, 2018

This summer, drive off the beaten path around Pennsylvania by Virginia Kopas Joe / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Forget the trip to that crowded beach. And those amusement parks can be stomach churning, both in admission prices and exit ones: ”Mom, I’m gonna throw up.” So if you are tired of the …

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 02:13PM

'Dear Evan Hansen' tour will be led by Carnegie Mellon alum by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ben Levi Ross has followed a glowing list of one-and-done Carnegie Mellon alumni on the road to stardom. It was announced Thursday that he will lead the national tour of the Tony Award-winni…

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 02:03PM

Summer dance preview: From ballet to belly dance, there's plenty to see (or even try yourself) by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There’s nothing lazy about the days of summer for Pittsburgh’s dance scene. Many of its movers and shakers will be grooving all season long.

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM

Summer Plays: A busy new season

The robust schedule includes “A New Brain,” the William Finn-James Lapine musical that is the first of two (the other is “Grey Gardens”) this summer from Front Porch Theatricals.

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Children's Festival takes over Cultural District this weekend by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 32nd annual Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Festival invades Downtown this weekend, with family-friendly performances, activities and art and …

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 09:00AM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Friendly Forest: Bricolage's immersive, inclusive 'Welcome to Here' blossoms into 'Everywhere' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In 2016, the doors to Bricolage Productions were opened to the whimsical world of “Welcome to Here,” designed by the company to embrace children with autism spectrum disorder and their f…

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 02:15PM

Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan enters New Dramatists residency by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tammy Ryan, the widely produced Pittsburgh playwright and educator, has been named a New Dramatists resident playwright for the class of 2025.

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 12:35PM

Stage review: 'King Hedley II' overcomes the elements to open on the Hill by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

August Wilson couldn’t have known it at the time, but the idea of a video store as a formula for success today leaps out as a metaphor for the inevitable failure of characters striving to …

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 12:00PM

'Hir' is here to rewrite the rules of family dysfunction by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Barebones productions goes boldly into the theatrical menu. At the relatively new black box in Braddock, you can find Patrick Jordan’s company dishing out provocative works, most of them i…

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 09:00AM
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018

Billy Porter and Momentum return to City Theatre by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Billy Porter’s busy summer of 2018 will bring him home to Pittsburgh and City Theatre as a playwright, for a private workshop of his play, “Untitled Sex Project,” working with director…

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 05:33PM

Pittsburgh Playhouse debuts Downtown with Conservatory's 'Cabaret' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Point Park University will say “Willkommen” to its new theater digs Oct. 26, when it opens the doors to the Downtown Pittsburgh Playhouse with a Conservatory production of “Cabaret.”

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 02:14PM
Thursday, May 10, 2018

A tip of the Straw Hat as summer theater season begins by Margaret Smykla

For those of us still chilled from what felt like an endless winter, the opening of community summer theaters — often called “Straw Hat” or summer stock —  brings thoughts …

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 11:28AM

Stage preview: CLO Cabaret unveils a 'Perfect Wedding' farce by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Julianne Avolio is marrying fellow actor John Michnya in October, but before she says “I do” for real, she has been schooled in the “don’ts” that make for a “Perfect Wedding.”

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 09:00AM

Stage preview: 'Nomad Motel' debuts at City Theatre before moving on by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The new play “Nomad Motel” has had a nomadic journey from Southern California to Pittsburgh’s City Theatre.

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 07:00AM

What not to miss at this year's newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival in East Liberty by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

East Liberty has seen its fair share of changes during the past decade. One constant? The Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s commitment to curating dynamic, daring dance. 

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 07:00AM
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

List of 2018 Gene Kelly Award nominees by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The nominations are in for the Pittsburgh CLO’s 28th annual Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater, which this year included 29 Allegheny County schools.

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 10:00AM
Monday, May 7, 2018

Stage preview: 'Hir' unveils a singular family in transition by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When the right one comes along, it’s hard to say no. So when the rights to Taylor Mac’s “Hir” came Patrick Jordan’s way — very late in the game to mount a spring production —&#…

Linked From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 03:14PM

All that Chat

2017-2018 BROADWAY SEASON