Friday, July 21, 2017

City’s summertime opera company rebranded as Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Pittsburgh Opera isn’t pleased. by Elizabeth Bloom / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Michele Fabrizi was leafing through a program book at a Pittsburgh Opera show in February when two advertisements caught her eye.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cultural Trust vice president tapped to head August Wilson Center by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture didn’t have to go far to find its new CEO and president. After a three-year search, the board on Thursday named Janis Burley Wilson to…

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DanceAfrica Pittsburgh pays tribute to master teacher Charles 'Baba Chuck' Davis by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Forty years ago, Chuck Davis -— affectionately known as “Baba Chuck” -— created the festival DanceAfrica to celebrate and preserve African dance traditions and culture. It start…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mural pays tribute to August Wilson as the center that bears his name readies for 'next phase' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Until Saturday, August Wilson was attached in name only to the Downtown building that dominates Liberty Avenue between Smithfield Street and William Penn Place.

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Stage review: Pittsburgh CLO delivers a new 'Newsies' that pulses with energy by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It was a David-and-Goliath story a newsman should have loved: A gutty army of street urchins brings New York to a standstill and a tyrant to his knees.

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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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Bricolage's Tami Dixon immerses herself in acting for 'Miss Julie' tour by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Business as usual for a theater company in summer might mean time off or prepping for the fall season. 

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10,000 and counting find they way to 'Imaginarium' escape rooms by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bricolage Productions’ “Enter the Imaginarium,” two theatrical escape rooms in Harmar, recently reached two milestones.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Preview: Texture Contemporary Ballet pays tribute to music in 'Resounding Sound' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Texture Contemporary Ballet’s Alan Obuzor is absolutely submerged these days.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO heralds a new 'Newsies' by Katherine Rohloff / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The newsboys leaped across the stage on Broadway, did pirouettes on newspapers at the Tony Awards and took to the streets in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade — all while taking down t…

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Sunday, July 16, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Review: Cross-dressing and miscommunications abound in Pittsburgh Festival Opera's "Xerxes" by Elizabeth Bloom / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Opera companies in Pittsburgh don’t generally build their productions around an individual singer. 

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Friday, July 14, 2017

2017-18 schedules for The REP and Point Park Conservatory theater seasons by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse’s 2017-18 season includes:

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Former 'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller to report to federal prison by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller is scheduled to report to federal prison Wednesday in Victorville, Calif.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Stage review: Pittsburgh CLO's 'In the Heights' admirably brings the barrio to Pittsburgh by Joshua Axelrod / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Watching Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pre-”Hamilton” work is now a fascinating exercise in experiencing an auteur cutting his teeth before the project that would blow them all away.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Jane Lynch jumps from 'Glee' to the front of the PSO this weekend by Elizabeth Bloom / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison are friends. Really. They only play enemies on TV.

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CMU grad Joshua Grosso changes his tune to rap for 'In the Heights' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Before “Hamilton” made “Immigrants, we get the job done” a viral catchphrase, there was “In the Heights” to set Lin-Manuel Miranda down the path to Broadway and hip-hop history b…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

13 food options Downtown for a night at the theater by Joshua Axelrod / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It has never been a better time to be a theater-goer in Pittsburgh.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Play based on 'Warhol Capote' tapes to debut in Mass. by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Andy Warhol and Truman Capote were BFFs for a time. The king of pop art from Pittsburgh and the writer of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood” who grew up in Alabama, click…

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

New 'Hamilton Mixtape' music video takes aim at immigration by Sopan Deb / The New York Times

American flags. References to border security. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents dragging away immigrants in the thick of night.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

'Dazzling Diva' Vivian Reed comes home for benefit concert by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Vivian Reed was thinking it had been a long time, too long, since she had appeared on a Pittsburgh stage. Then her phone rang — twice. The first call was an invitation to do an MCG Jazz co…

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review: Pittsburgh Festival Opera's 'A Gathering of Sons' is powerful music theater by Robert Croan / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lockdown, a sadistic white policeman, shoots an innocent young black man named Victor, essentially because he can. Before leaving the scene, he takes a bag of yellow “magic” from Victor…

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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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