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Entertainment briefs: Kovitz presenting 'Underneath the Lintel' production

| Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
12 Peers Theatre
Randy Kovitz in 'Underneath the Lintel'

Theatergoers most often see Randy Kovitz's name identifying him as a combat or fight director.

Occasionally, he appears onstage, often in solo performances such as “Happy to Be Here” in 2007 and “Still Happy to Be Here” in 2009.

From Feb. 5 to 26, he will undertake yet another solo role with “Underneath the Lintel,” a production of 12 Peers Theatre. The play has been on Kovitz's must-do list since he saw its author, Glen Berger, do a reading of it in New York City.

It's an existential detective story, about a librarian who embarks on an obsessive search for the library offender who has returned a book that's 113 years overdue. Exchanging his orderly, insular world for a globe-trotting quest, The Librarian discovers a string of connections to mysteries and myths, past and present, as well as his own dormant spirit.

“The play spoke to me on a deep level as both an actor and a human being,” Kovitz says. “The central questions of life and death, purpose versus futility, are universal. But the artistry of the writing makes it exciting and accessible.”

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and Feb. 5, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 26 at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, 937 Liberty Avenue, third floor, Downtown

Admission is $15; $10 at the door for students with ID

Details: www.12peerstheater.org

— Alice Carter

Jeter production wins Junior Theater award

Jeter Backyard Theater won a Freddie G Outstanding Production award at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival, held Jan. 17 to 19 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

The Gibsonia-based Jeter Backyard Theater was one of nine schools from across the country to win the award. Twenty-three students ranging in age from 7 to 12 performed excerpts from “A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS.”

“This was the most charming rendition of ‘Frog and Toad' I have ever seen,” said Cindy Ripley, educational consultant for iTheatrics, MTI Show Support advisor. “This young cast took the humorous yet strong theme of friendship and sold us all.”

Ninety-three groups representing 26 states and the District of Columbia participated in this year's festival.

— Alice T. Carter

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