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Strong Kinetic Theatre cast keeps laughs in timely ‘Romance’

By Alice T. Carter
With the recent flare up of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict a hot item for talk-show pundits, newscasters and print journalists, Kinetic Theatre Company could not have …

Review: Strong dancing saves Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s ‘Cats’ from its aged self

By Alice T. Carter
According to lore, cats have nine lives. So far, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera has offered Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” eight lives as a producer or …

This ‘Maide Marian’ means business at Delmont’s Johnny Appleseed Children’s Theatre

By Candy Williams
All’s not well in legendary Sherwood Forest. Maide Marian is making life miserable for hero Robin Hood and his “band of merry men,” who aren’t …

Summerfest’s ‘Ariadne’ rides crest of superbly blended talents

By Mark Kanny
A transporting operatic performance is more than an assembly of successful elements. The Opera Theater Summerfest performance of “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Richard Strauss on …

Jennerstown’s Mountain Playhouse looks to dole out laughs with ‘Money’

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
The wordplay of British comedy meets the physical comedy of farce in “Funny Money,” taking the stage for the next two weeks at the Mountain …

Celebrity kitties purr for starring roles in ‘Cats’

By Alice T. Carter
Since its 1981 London debut, “Cats” has more than lived up to its “Now and Forever” advertising slogan. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical played almost …

Good or bad, Kinetic Theatre hopes to move you

By Alice T. Carter
Producing artistic director Andrew Paul is back in town with yet another new theater company and a David Mamet play that’s likely to offend almost …

Armstrong Community Theater’s ‘Grease’ set to rock back the clock

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Filled to the brim with catchy 1950s-style music, relatable characters and timeless themes of romance and friendship, it’s no wonder that “Grease” has become an …

‘Fantasticks’ remains simple delight with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh production

By Alice T. Carter
“Try to Remember,” Sean Cooper’s narrator implores us in the opening moments of “The Fantasticks.” This Opera Theater of Pittsburgh production makes that easy to …

Theatre Factory’s ‘Children of Eden’ looks at family dynamics

By Candy Williams
Greensburg attorney and veteran actor John Noble has portrayed many father figures in local stage productions, including Daddy Warbucks in “Annie,” Capt. Von Trapp in …

Pict’s ‘Woman’ shows strength in characters

By Alice T. Carter
A woman is dying. That’s exactly what she does  21⁄2 hours later in Pict Classic Theatre’s production of Marina Carr’s “Woman and Scarecrow.” Over the …

Review: Opera Theater’s Summerfest starts off rough with ‘Merry Widow’

By Mark Kanny
Productions are the heart of Summerfest, which is presenting a host of other musical events during July at The Twentieth Century Club in Oakland. “The …

Pict Theatre’s ‘Woman and Scarecrow’ confronts life — and the leaving of it

By Alice T. Carter
When she was a child, actress Karen Baum’s primal fear of something in the closet kept her from sleeping with the door to her bedroom …

Tony Award-winning musical ‘Kinky’ might step its boots into Pittsburgh

By Alice T. Carter
When the national touring production of “Kinky Boots” recently announced its dates, Pittsburgh was still missing from the list of cities the musical would visit …

Review: Strong cast brings complexity to the classic ‘Evita’

By Alice T. Carter
It’s been 62 years since Maria Eva Duarte Peron passed into immortality. Before she died in 1952 at age 33, she had clawed her way …

‘Spirit of the Revolution’ a look at history, humor and faith

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
In 1771, James Steele left his native Ireland to seek freedom and prosperity in America. He made his way to Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, where …

St. Vincent Summer Theatre’s ‘Jeeves in Bloom’ is all-ages comedy

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
A plan to help a friend find true love backfires with comical results in “Jeeves in Bloom,” on stage this month at St. Vincent Summer …

Westmoreland’s Apple Hill Playhouse revisits ’60s with ‘Summer of Love’

By Candy Williams
“Summer of Love” is a throwback to the days of hippies and flower children. It doesn’t matter if you lived through the ’60s or only …

Apple Hill Playhouse’s production of ‘Aladdin’ a different take on genie tale

By Candy Williams
Stas Ziolkowski promises that Apple Hill Playhouse’s production of “Aladdin” will not be like the popular 1992 Disney animated film that featured the voice of …

Different ‘Evita’ comes to Benedum

By Alice T. Carter
One of the factors that keep live-theater performances fresh is that the productions are constantly changing. New cast members’ understanding of their characters, a director’s …