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Theater Spotlight: A modern rom-com, 'Shopkins' for the kids and a musical for the whole family

| Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
“Shopkins Live! Shop It Up' comes to the Byham Theater on Sept. 24.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
“Shopkins Live! Shop It Up' comes to the Byham Theater on Sept. 24.

Mention a play that starts with “A Funny Thing Happened ...” and most of us will recall the 1960s farce, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

While City Theatre's new production, “A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Gynecologic Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City,” is a comedy, it falls more in the rom-com category than farce.

The show follows struggling stand-up Karla and super-nerd Don, who meet and find love when their mothers are assigned to the same room in the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The New York Times called the show “irresistible.” But don't bring the kids; there's plenty of dark humor and dirty mouths.

“A Funny Thing Happened ...” runs Sept. 23-Oct. 15, at City Theatre on Pittsburgh's South Side, with shows Tuesdays-Sundays.

Tickets start at $38. Details: 412-431-2489 or CityTheatreCompany.org

On stage

“Annie The Musical”: Sept. 22-Oct. 1. Presented Broadway on Main. $30-$40. The Strand Theater, 119 North Main Street, Zelienople. 724-742-0400 or thestrandtheater.org

“Clara Burton, Red Cross Angel”: Sept. 27. Presented by Westmoreland Cultural Trust. $25. Greensburg Garden and Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg. 724-836-8000 or thepalacetheatre.org/ggcc/

Disney's “Beauty and the Beast”: Sept. 22-24. Presented by Stage Right. $19-$51. Palace Theatre, Greensburg. 724-836-8000 or thepalacetheatre.org

“iLuminate”: 7 p.m. Sept. 22. $30-$50. Byham Theater, Pittsburgh. 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org

“Middletown”: Through Oct. 7. Presented by Little Lake Theatre Company. $13.75-$21.75. 500 Lakeside Drive South, Canonsburg. 724-745-6300 or littlelake.org

“Momma's Boy”: Sept. 26. Presented by Groove Productions. $49.50-$79.50. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org

“Shopkins Live! Shop It Up”: Sept. 24. $29.25-$104.25. Byham Theater, Pittsburgh. 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org

“The Goodbye Girl”: Through Sept. 24. Presented by the Theatre Factory. $20, $18 students and seniors, $15 Thursday performances. 235 Cavitt Ave., Trafford. 412-374-9200 or thetheatrefactory.org

The Scottsboro Boys”: Through Sept. 24, Presented by The REP. $10-24. Pittsburgh Playhouse, Oakland. pittsburghplayhouse.com

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